Brooklyn Nets: Which players should BK re-sign this offseason?

Blake Griffin and Jeff Green. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Nets guard Bruce Brown (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) /

The Brooklyn Nets are hopefully brainstorming ways to improve their roster after they were ousted by the Milwaukee Bucks in the second round of the playoffs.

This clearly goes without saying, but if one of James Harden or Kyrie Irving managed to stay healthy, the Nets like would’ve waltzed their way to a championship.

After all, the Phoenix Suns are the only team still standing that hasn’t seen one of their star players shelved through injury, and the Nets match up incredibly well with them.

In any event, Brooklyn’s front office will have some huge decisions to make this offseason, as several key players from 2020-21 are set to hit free agency. That list includes Jeff Green, Blake Griffin and Bruce Brown, each of whom played prominent roles in the playoffs.

You also have to throw Spencer Dinwiddie, who appeared in just three games before a partially-torn ACL ended his season, into the mix, though it seems like the 28-year-old has made up his mind about testing free agency and returning home to Los Angeles.

Assuming Dinwiddie has played his final game with the Nets, let’s try to determine whether general manager Sean Marks should re-sign Green, Griffin or Brown.

Who should the Nets re-sign this offseason?

3. Bruce Brown

With Dinwiddie likely testing the free agent waters this summer, the Nets must emphasize maintaining some semblance of depth in the backcourt. After all, Kyrie Irving is prone to the occasional leave of absence and James Harden’s hamstrings could flare up again.

That makes re-signing Brown an absolute must. The 2018 second-round pick came over in a three-team trade last offseason and proved to be a huge addition for the Nets, averaging 8.8 points and 5.4 rebounds on 55.6% shooting over 65 games (37 starts).

The Nets should definitely re-sign Bruce Brown this offseason.

To put it simply, Brown’s the type of player every championship team needs, as he’s more than willing to do all the dirty work while his teammates carry the scoring. The 24-year-old is one of the best rebounding guards in the NBA, an excellent defender and proven slasher.

While he might not having a starting role on the Nets moving forward, Brown’s intangibles are exactly what you want coming off the bench. He certainly needs to improve his halfcourt offense, but everything we saw from him in 2020-21 proved he deserves a potential multi-year deal from Brooklyn this offseason.