Nets: 3 free agents to sign after James Harden mega trade

Nets guard Jamal Crawford (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
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Rondae Hollis-Jefferson
LAKE BUENA VISTA, FLORIDA – AUGUST 10: Rondae Hollis-Jefferson #4 of the Toronto Raptors (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) /

1. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson

The only two players from the 2018-19 Nets that surprised many by making it to the postseason are Dinwiddie and Joe Harris, with the rest being kicked out of town in pursuit of players like Durant, Irving, and Harden. While Hollis-Jefferson, who was waived by Minnesota after spending the 2019-20 season with the Toronto Raptors, never developed into the elite offensive option that Brooklyn was banking on, he played an integral role on some of those young, exciting Nets teams in the pre-KD era, averaging 9.9 points and 5.6 rebounds while shooting 44 percent from the floor. Hollis-Jefferson could make a return to Brooklyn, as he looks like a natural replacement for Prince.

Hollis-Jefferson’s calling card will always be his defense, as his ability to guard four different positions on the floor made him a valuable asset to Kenny Atkinson’s Nets teams, and he could re-establish his value in the league with Nash. While Prince might be in Cleveland, Rondae might be one of the more seamless replacements out there on the market given his defensive versatility.

While Jefferson has plenty of skills on the court that could lead to him contributing to this Nets team, bringing him back could serve as a sign that the Nets still value the last few years of groundwork-laying that led to the arrivals of Durant and Irving.