Kyrie Irving infamously stated that the Brooklyn Nets need more pieces in order to contend back in January, and he’s probably not wrong, so here’s a look at five free agents they could target this offseason.
The Brooklyn Nets are currently 30-34, good for seventh place in the eastern conference despite a season filled with untimely injuries. Kyrie Irving has only played 20 games this season; Kevin Durant missed the entirety of the campaign up to this point. All things considered, not exactly terrible, but beefing up the rotation this summer with title aspirations looming in the immediate future isn’t a bad idea.
Complementary stars, such as Spencer Dinwiddie and Caris LeVert, have had to step up their games and serve as the backbone of this team for much of this campaign. Dinwiddie is putting up career-highs of 20.6 points and 6.8 assists per game on 41.5 percent shooting from the field.
Although LeVert has suited up in just 39 of 64 games this season thus far, he has really taken his game to the next level over the past several weeks, averaging 23.0 points, 5.1 assists and 4.7 rebounds per game since the beginning of February.
The best game of LeVert’s career came March 3 against the Boston Celtics in TD Garden, where he dropped a career-high 51 points on 17-of-26 shooting to go along with five assists and four rebounds.
In those 51 points, the Michigan product hit three clutch free throws with 0.2 seconds left in regulation to tie the game and send it into OT. LeVert then scored all 11 points in OT to propel Brooklyn to a 129-120 victory.
Though Dinwiddie and LeVert have been tossed around in trade rumors as of late, they should not be going anywhere unless there’s an offer out there that blows Sean Marks away. As Irving alluded to earlier this season, though, there are names out there that should be sought after to help the Nets take that leap to championship contention.