Nets: 3 players Brooklyn should target after Iman Shumpert signing

Cavaliers center Andre Drummond (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
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Rondae Hollis-Jefferson #24 of the Brooklyn Nets /

1. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson

Is a Nets-Rondae Hollis-Jefferson reunion coming to fruition?

The final option I have is a free agent and a familiar face. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson was a Net from 2015-2019 and had some memorable moments. His most notable was a game-winner in Sacramento following an insane 28-point comeback. RHJ would provide a lot of energy and defense, things the Nets desperately need. He would be a great fit in the locker room and I think would be a valuable acquisition if the other two listed cannot be obtained.

The one flaw with RHJ is his size. He does play some small-ball center, but he’s only 6-foot-6. This makes it incredibly difficult to play him much in matchups against large paint-bound centers. However, he can provide the Nets with some much-needed athleticism at the center position, and with Kevin Durant on the team, Hollis-Jefferson’s lack of size might not be as glaring of an issue.

Even if he doesn’t play, I think Hollis-Jefferson can have a Theo Pinson-type of effect, meaning he’d be a high-energy guy on the bench and a positive character in the locker room.

There’s never a moment when RHJ isn’t giving 100% of his effort, and that can rub off on his teammates. This wouldn’t be my first choice by any means, but as someone who won’t cost the Nets any draft pick compensation, I think he is someone they should look into if they can’t get their other preferred options.