As the Brooklyn Nets roster rounds out and the free agent market continues to dwindle, what under-the-radar addition could the Nets make?
The Brooklyn Nets pulled off their dream free agency in acquiring the star tandem of point guard Kyrie Irving and forward Kevin Durant. The moves didn’t stop there: Sean Marks shrewdly added veteran pieces in DeAndre Jordan, Garrett Temple and Wilson Chandler to round out the roster.
With 12 roster spots now firmly locked in and Nicolas Claxton likely to take the 13th spot, the roster is nearing its final form. Additionally, guys like Theo Pinson and second-round pick Jaylen Hands will be in contention for either the final two places or two-way deals.
Ultimately, it feels like there is potentially a single spot remaining that could be used to sign a free agent. While the roster looks deep across the board, I would like to see one more signing to fill the role of third-string point guard.
With Kyrie unlikely to play a full season — with “load management” the most popular phrase in the NBA for stars of his caliber — and Shabazz Napier being shipped around the West, a spark plug third-stringer could be key to taking some stress off of Spencer Dinwiddie in a pinch.
I would have loved Napier to return in his same role, but with him included in the D’Angelo Russell sign-and-trade, a small hole is left open. With the free agent market dwindling fast and the Nets limited to offering the veteran minimum, let’s take a look at potential under-the-radar options who could fit in Brooklyn.