The Brooklyn Nets will travel to Fiserv Forum for the second time this season to face the Bucks on Saturday night. For the first time this year though, DeAndre’ Bembry and Jevon Carter will be sitting on the opposing sideline.
After the Ben Simmons-James Harden trade, the Nets had to waive a player in order to make room for Simmons, Seth Curry, and Andre Drummond. In a shocking move, Brooklyn decided to part ways with DeAndre’ Bembry. Six days later, Milwaukee officially signed the versatile wing.
Last Monday, the Nets signed buyout candidate Goran Dragic. It was rumored that Dragic would sign with the Bucks but Steve Nash’s recruiting tactics swayed his former mentee to move to New York City. With the Dragic signing, Brooklyn waived guard Jevon Carter.
Guess which team signed Carter?
DeAndre’ Bembry, Jevon Carter went from the Brooklyn Nets to the Bucks.
Bembry hasn’t been available to play in a game for Milwaukee yet and because Carter’s signing wasn’t made official until Thursday, neither has he.
Carter will be active for the matchup and so will Bembry after being previously listed as day-to-day with a thumb injury.
On Thursday, Carter was seen putting up shots at the Bucks’ practice facility.
Before being waived, Carter was playing his best basketball of the season for Brooklyn. In a loss to the Celtics on Feb. 8, the 26-year-old scored a team-high 21 points (7-of-13 from the 3-point line).
Carter averaged 3.6 points, one assist, and 12 minutes in the 46 games that he played in for the Nets. He shot 33.3% from the field and 33.1% from the 3-point line.
It makes sense why Milwaukee signed Carter due to its lack of depth at the guard position but he isn’t as big of a threat as Bembry. Brooklyn waived Bembry because of his contract but Brooklyn will miss his energy and defense in the playoffs.
Bembry averaged 5.8 points, 3.2 rebounds, 1.3 assists, and 19.8 minutes in the 48 games (20 starts) that he played in for the Nets. The 27-year-old shot 56.8% from the floor and 41.7% from three.
Although Brooklyn now has an elite defender in Simmons, it’d still be nice to have Bembry come off the bench and get some quality minutes in during the postseason.
If the Nets meet up with the Bucks in the playoffs for the second-straight year, you can almost bet that Bembry and Carter will be big contributors for the reigning NBA champions. That’s how Brooklyn’s luck has gone this year but hopefully that won’t be the case.
At least the Nets got Dragic. Imagine what would’ve happened if he would’ve signed with Milwaukee too. The Bucks luckily had to take the loss on that one.