The Brooklyn Nets shouldn’t consider Wade Baldwin IV

MEMPHIS, TN - OCTOBER 13: Wade Baldwin IV
MEMPHIS, TN - OCTOBER 13: Wade Baldwin IV /

Brooklyn Nets basketball begins in two days. The team will open up the season against the Indiana Pacers. Will there be any new additions to the team before then?

Why fix what isn’t broken? Well we don’t exactly if the Nets are broken or working perfectly. The preseason threw us in all sorts of different directions.

One one hand, the Nets displayed offensive dominance. The ball pinged around the perimeter into the hands of 3-point shooters who, more often than not, found the bottom of the net.

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That is what led to the team racking up three straight victories to start the preseason over the New York Knicks (twice) and the Miami Heat.

On the other hand, the Nets were absolutely dominated in their preseason finale against the Philadelphia 76ers. The team faltered as Joel Embiid toyed with the Brooklyn defense in a way that should worry Nets fans.

It got so bad that at one point Embiid even yelled, “you can’t f***ing guard me.” He was right.

Embiid’s dominance of the Nets’ interior defense showed that the Nets may still have some holes to fill on the roster. Another big man with the size and strength of someone like Timofey Mozgov is na area of need for these Nets.

Unfortunately, teams won’t be giving up quality centers with the season about to begin. Who knows? Maybe that is the answer to the Golden State problem.

Perhaps the Pelicans have it right with their supersized frontcourt. Either way, the Nets need to play with the guys they have. Though the center rotation isn’t ideal, with a young Jarrett Allen and Tyler Zeller as their primary backups (not counting small-ball options like Trevor Booker and Quincy Acy), the Nets have few options right now to upgrade their roster.

The Grizzlies’ shocking release of 2016 first round pick Wade Baldwin IV was shocking and creates intrigue for teams around the league. The Nets shouldn’t even pay attention.

While adding a first round pick from a recent draft is never a bad idea, it is unnecessary for Brooklyn at this moment. They have guards in D’Angelo Russell, Jeremy Lin and Spencer Dinwiddie who all need minutes at the point guard spot.

Baldwin would be a nice addition for the Long Island Nets, but he will have better suitors. He isn’t quite ready for a G-League demotion.

Whatever happens with Baldwin, it shouldn’t involve Brooklyn. So for those wondering if he is worth a look, the answer is yes. The Nets, as well as 29 other teams, should look at the second year guard.

They definitely shouldn’t sign him.