Brooklyn Nets: 3 potential buyout candidates to pursue

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The Brooklyn Nets are a franchise that is unlikely to be done making personnel moves to better the team’s chances of winning the NBA Championship in 2021 (and beyond) after acquiring James Harden in a blockbuster deal.

Depth is not a major issue for Brooklyn, but they can use a reinforcement (or several) to better ensure the team has the firepower to contend with the league’s elites in the postseason.

Who can the Brooklyn Nets add on the buyout market?

It’s a question worth answering amid some very interesting recent rumors…

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3. Andre Drummond

Let’s jump right into the hot rumor of the week: Andre Drummond.

Per Brian Lewis of the New York Post:

"Belief around the NBA is increasing that Andre Drummond could get bought out in Cleveland. And if he does, he could be the perfect fit for the center-starved Nets. After The Post reported that Nets general manager Sean Marks was likely to keep one of his two exceptions in his back pocket to be aggressive in the buyout market, The Ringer stated the Nets were “hoping” that Drummond gets bought out. Now on Wednesday, The Athletic claims that eventuality is merely “a matter of time.”"

Bringing the Mount Vernon-born big man to the better home-team would be ideal for Sean Marks, who could use center depth after trading away Jarrett Allen.

Getting Drummond at such a discount would be elite front office work from a general manager that has been hellbent on winning executive of the year.

Let’s hope the rumors are true.