The Brooklyn Nets’ depth at the four spot has become, well, blurry, to say the least. No need to panic, here are three options that Marks and company can look at to help round the rotation.
The last two weeks have been rough for the Brooklyn Nets.
Coming off of the most successful offseason in franchise history, Brooklyn came back down to earth as Wilson Chandler was suspended 25 games after testing positive for PEDs and Rodions Kurucs was charged with allegedly choking his ex-girlfriend, via Trevor Boyer of nydailynews.com.
Kurucs, a second-round pick in the 2018 draft, exceeded expectations for Brooklyn last season. The 21-year-old was a sparkplug off the bench, frequently coming up with steals and providing timely buckets with savvy backdoor cuts on the offensive end.
Chandler signed a minimum deal with Brooklyn this summer after splitting last season between Philadelphia and Los Angeles. The forward was a serviceable “3 and D” player coming off the bench for the 76ers in 36 games last season.
Both situations make an already uncertain situation at power forward even cloudier for Brooklyn. Taurean Prince will be the starter at the four in Atkinson’s pace and space offense. Kurucs was likely in line to see time on the wing and at the four coming off the bench.
Kurucs is better suited on the wing with his long arms and underdeveloped frame. The 21-year-old struggled to keep larger bodies out of the post and off the boards in his rookie year.
This is where Chandler would come in. The 12-year veteran adds a stout defender in the post who can also switch and guard on the perimeter.
It is not certain whether or not Chandler will be waived, but it would not be a surprise to see Marks pull the plug.
Chandler would fill a role similar to Jared Dudley on last year’s team as a 10th or 11th man. As the season progressed, Chandler would have likely seen a decrease in minutes to younger players along with the potential return of Kevin Durant.
On top of this, Brooklyn has been emphasizing the culture that the organization has built. Should Marks risk tarnishing that for a 32-year-old backup on a one-year deal?
ESPN’s Bobby Marks reported that Chandler will be moved to the suspension list after Brooklyn’s 5th game (Nov. 1st) and will be removed for the 26th game (Dec. 15th). During that time, the Nets will be eligible to add a player.
Kurucs’ situation is a bit more uncertain. Until more details emerge, it is tough to say where he stands. But given the severity of the allegations, if proven true, the Nets must be prepared to move on.
Marks is undoubtedly looking into the free-agent power forward market. Carmelo Anthony is the biggest name available but there are several other options that could bring more well-rounded skill sets to the table.
Here’s a look at the names that Brooklyn will likely be considering.