Brooklyn Nets: 3 conference rivals BK should target in free agency

Nerlens Noel. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
Nerlens Noel. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) /
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Nerlens Noel
Nerlens Noel. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) /

2. Nerlens Noel

Another center option, but the Nets need one badly.

Based on recent NBA trade rumors, the Nets have reportedly shown interest in Andre Drummond, JaVale McGee and Aron Baynes, but all these guys will probably be outside Brooklyn’s pay range. But Knicks center Nerlens Noel is only owed $5 million this season and could be a perfect target for the Nets.

I know what you’re thinking: the Knicks are clearly inferior to us Brooklynites, their beetle-like existence tarnishes our extra shiny and polished reputation and we shouldn’t stoop down to the cross-town ill-bred pitiful and wretched scum of OUR city. Take a breath. Repeat some names. Kevin. Kyrie. James. Now, consider signing Nerlens Noel.

During the Knicks’ ground-breaking run to the playoffs, Noel posted an average of 5.1 points, 6.4 rebounds, and 2.2 blocks per game. His role will be diminished in New York if he returns at the same time as Mitchell Robinson, and the fact that Brooklyn’s got the best odds going into next season’s title run definitely sweetens the deal.

Sure, he’s not going to reach double figures in scoring, and he hasn’t played for considerable minutes in any game, but he’s got the chops to start over DeAndre Jordan, and he’s five years younger, too. By adding his athleticism, Brooklyn sets themselves up for a successful rematch against rivals Philadelphia and Milwaukee, who each have big men of their own. Come playoff time, the Nets won’t crumble. They will rise, and Noel could be a championship center in the making.