Jarrett Allen
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The Brooklyn Nets picked up the options of Jarrett Allen and Dzanan Musa as the two young players shine in the preseason.

The Brooklyn Nets have seen many preseason standouts: Taurean Prince and Caris LeVert, just to a name few. But perhaps their brightest was 21-year-old center Jarrett Allen and 20-year-old shooting guard Dzanan Musa.

Allen flashed some interesting defensive chops in the three games, daring to defend out to the perimeter and handling smaller players. Musa, on the other hand, impressed on the offensive end, averaging 13.7 points on 50% shooting while dropping in ballsy three-pointers aplenty.

Because of this, it’s no coincidence that the Brooklyn Nets picked up the rookie options of both players. The Nets can opt for an Allen extension next summer and can do the same for Musa in 2021.

Concurrently, this (semi) big news for Allen and Musa coincided with the end of John Egbunu and Deng Adel’s tenures. Both players were on Exhibit 10 deals and will reportedly join the Long Island Nets shortly. Adel is a hyper-athletic forward with a flair for ferocious transition dunks. Egbundu is a 24-year-old 6-foot-11 center out of the University of Florida.

Brooklyn will need to continue to shed players before Saturday’s big roster deadline. The Nets must get down to a 15-man roster and can fill both two-way slots.

As it stands, a couple of players are on the cutting board: former New York Knick Lance Thomas and recent ESNY interviewee C.J. Williams. The roster currently sits at 18 players, so one of these guys will have to go. As sad as this may be, it’s a cruel, cruel industry, that NBA!

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