The Backups: Greivis Vasquez
In a perfect world for the Nets, Greivis Vasquez was signed to be the primary backup to Jeremy Lin.
However, Vasquez is currently injured, as he is working his way back from an ankle injury. At this point, it’s unclear how much time Vasquez will miss, but it doesn’t seem likely that he is ready to go just yet.
Vasquez was injured when Brooklyn signed him, so the Nets knew what they were getting themselves into. The rationale for the Nets is they have a few other options as contingency plans behind Vasquez, and once he is healthy, he should see time to relieve Lin.
Vasquez has bounced around during his six years in the NBA. The 29-year-old guard has played for the Memphis Grizzlies, New Orleans Pelicans, Sacramento Kings, Toronto Raptors and Milwaukee Bucks. Vasquez has the potential to stick with the Nets and serve a prominent backup role, but first he must get healthy.
The Venezuelan player is one of a few veterans guards the Nets have, but he is perhaps the most equipped of the bunch to serve as the backup point guard.
Beyond Vasquez, the Nets may turn to a young guard to run the point from time to time.