1: A backup point guard
It doesn’t seem like Irving’s going to get vaccinated anytime soon, so the Nets need to go after a backup point guard that can play at Barclays Center. It’s challenging to plan for Irving to play in games on the road but not in home contests.
Jevon Carter hasn’t panned out as the backup point guard that Brooklyn hoped he would be and the chances that he’s on the roster after Feb. 10 are slim.
To no surprise, without Durant and Irving, the Nets’ offense struggles to score. It’d be in Brooklyn’s best interest to land a point guard that can run the offense and put the ball in the basket.
Mills signed with the Nets under the assumption that he’d be a role player but out of the 47 games that he’s played in, he’s started in 30 of those because of Brooklyn’s various injuries. His main success with the team has come from behind the 3-point line, so relying on Mills as the Nets’ lone backup point guard option won’t suffice.
The most affordable option for Brooklyn would be Boston’s Dennis Schroder, who is averaging 15.4 points and 4.6 assists per game. He signed a one-year, $5.9 million deal with the Celtics before the season, which is something that the Nets could afford to take on.
Of course, none of this would matter tomorrow if Irving received the COVID-19 vaccine but he’s stood firm in his refusal.