With the additions and subtractions made to the Brooklyn Nets roster in the offseason, which losses are going to hurt the most?
The Brooklyn Nets wasted no time in adjusting and refining their roster in the offseason. One of the more notable additions was Patty Mills, who came off of a stellar performance in the Tokyo Olympics.
The team managed to re-sign Blake Griffin while dropping Jeff Green, along with bringing back LaMarcus Aldridge after he was medically cleared.
But some of the adjustments we’ve been privy to might end up being detrimental. The overall outlook may be positive, but Brooklyn is taking a risk by losing players who were key contributors in recent seasons.
When the season begins, the Nets’ roster may feel a little empty without these three players, so we decided to rank them in order. Which departure is going to hurt the most?
3. Jeff Green
Green earned his way out of Brooklyn with a stellar year that most didn’t expect; certainly, there’s a bit of a hole that comes with his departure.
His contributions off the bench were integral, and he could’ve even taken a leap forward during the 2021-22 season with a fully-healthy Big 3 by his side for a full year.
During the ’20-’21 season, he averaged 11 points per game and shot 50 percent from the field, and was an asset off the bench from Day 1.
However, his desire to stay with a team for a longer span of time rather than be paid the veterans minimum of $3 million was probably a reason why he chose to bounce. The Denver Nuggets had something much more to offer him from a monetary standpoint and in terms of security — plus, his role might be expanded, too.
He was a great role player in Brooklyn, but he could definitely tap into a true contribution in Denver where he’ll join Aaron Gordon and Nikola Jokic. The Nuggets need a vet to provide guidance that would be invaluable to a young squad like theirs.
The loss may be felt, especially if the Nets don’t utilize the depth that exists on their bench. But Green’s presence in Denver will probably mean more than his absence from Brooklyn.