The NBA off-season has commenced, and furthermore, the final molding of next year’s roster. The Brooklyn Nets will have plenty of options, but where do they rank in comparison?
After falling to 20-62, the NBA’s worst record last season, the Nets have scrapped it all and committed to the rebuild. As far as free agent qualifications, they’ll likely be on the hunt for three-point shooting, and maybe from a big man.
Below you’ll find eight different free agent prospects for the Brooklyn Nets, in no specific order. Chances are one of them will be in black and white for next season.
Otto Porter Jr. , RFA
would be the best outcome for the Nets this summer. However, in the past, they haven’t seen much luck with restricted free agents. One of the NBA’s best from behind the line last year, Porter could really thrive in a fast paced Nets offense.
Not having John Wall pass him the ball could prove detrimental, but his role in the offense will be substantial; he’ll see a lot more scoring opportunities.
Last season, Porter averaged 13.4 points, 6.5 rebounds, and shot 43 percent from behind-the-arc.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope , RFA
is another player coming off his rookie contract, getting his first taste for free agency. The interest level for Caldwell-Pope is moderate, and his best fit would likely be the Nets.
Similar to Porter, the Pistons have already extended their qualifying offer to the small forward The question lies in how bad the Nets want him, and how bad the Pistons need to keep him.
In the third and most prior year of his career, Caldwell-Pope averaged 13.8 points and 1.2 steals per game.
J.J. Redick , UFA
isn’t the most fitting prospect, but his contribution is hard to debate. He joins Porter as one of the best three-point shooters in the league, though he’s performed at said level for years longer.
Now that point guard Chris Paul has left the Clippers, Redick’s exit is inevitable. The Nets are not the only team that holds interest, though they have some of the best money.
While Redick isn’t the best option for Brooklyn, he is an expertise scorer and veteran, who would contribute heavily to a young team. That’s no reason to get into a bidding war with the 76ers over the guard, but it’s wise to make an attempt.
Last season with the Clippers, he averaged 15 points while shooting 43% from deep.
Danilo Gallinari , UFA
would be a great option for the Nets. He’s declined a $16.1 million contract from Denver and is gauging the market. In Denver, Gallinari fell behind after the emergence of Nikola Jokic, who’s become the face of the Nuggets franchise.
A no fear, head first, driver into the pit, he averaged nearly 6.1 free throw attempts per game last year. The “Rooster” excels in pick and roll plays and may play well next to Timofey Mozgov in such scenarios.
Overall, Gallinari’s scoring mentality would be welcome after the loss of Brook Lopez, and he’s not bad from behind the arc either; he shot 39 percent from deep and connected on 126 last season.
Jonathon Simmons , RFA
is one of the most recent developed talents under infamous coach Gregg Popovich. His stats on paper aren’t screaming max contract, but Simmons is going to get paid by the right team.
After averaging single digits on the regular season, Simmons went on a tear in the playoffs, especially in light of starting injuries. Through the final ten games of the Spurs’ post-season, the sixth man averaged 14 points a game, including a 22-point effort against Golden State.
In the San Antonio system, Simmons hasn’t seen the room and time to develop that lies in Brooklyn, a team in a state of rebuild.
Though he’ll be coming off the bench, Kenny Atkinson would certainly find him more than enough time on the floor. Last season, Simmons averaged 6.2 points, while shooting 42 percent from the floor in 17 minutes a game.
Ian Clark , UFA
averaged 6.8 points in under fifteen minutes a game with Golden State.
An NBA champion, Clark was a consistent piece in coach Steve Kerr‘s Finals rotations. Similar to Simmons, many think this shooting guard hasn’t come close to his true potential.
The most appealing aspect to signing Clark is his paper value to contribution ratio. He’s coming off the veteran minimum with Golden State, so the Nets will be able to grab him for less than ten-million on the year.
Should Brooklyn not sign a star to the max, Clark is a prime candidate to receive a lesser salary.