The Brooklyn Nets have no plans to make any drastic moves before the 2018-19 season, which means no extension for D’Angelo Russell.
The Brooklyn Nets made a series of moves this offseason. The majority of these moves were simply posturing for the 2019 offseason. As it stands, general manager Sean Marks doesn’t plan on making any drastic moves before the start of the 2018-19 season. This signals that there is no extension coming for D’Angelo Russell in the near future.
Marks spoke about the organization’s decision to let things play out via Nets Daily:
“For now we’re going to see how this group plays together, how it all unfolds,” Marks said on Tuesday. “But — again, I’m not going to rule out anything — as we stand now, this is the group and we have no plans to make any crazy changes, whether that’s an extension or signing or trade anyone else. But things happen quickly.”
With a number of tantalizing options on the market in 2019, the Nets have their sights set on acquiring at least one superstar. The team should have enough cap space in 2019 to sign two max free agents. Avoiding a contract extension for Russell is the prudent move from the Nets organization.
Signing Russell now could jeopardize cap space in 2019 and alter the chances of acquiring two superstars. That being said, if Brooklyn strikes out in the offseason, Russell will still be an option on the table. But they shouldn’t commit to Russell without knowing who might be interested in signing with the team in 2019.
The Nets busy offseason appears to be over. Now, it’s time to wait and see how this roster performs.