With no consolation despite owning the league’s worst record, the Brooklyn Nets are expected to once again utilize the same approach they used last summer to lure some of the top free agents available in the market.
In the latest episode of ESPN’s Truehoop Podcast with Brian Windhorst, he revealed who the other players in the NBA see as potential targets of the Nets and how they will try to bring them to Brooklyn.
“Anywhere the Nets smell the possibility of not getting their offer matched, they’re so desperate to bring in talent, they prefer young talent. but they’re going to be a player in that market. They need all kinds of guards.”
Some of the names thrown in the discussion are Kantavious Caldwell-Pope of the Detroit Pistons, Otto Porter of the Washington Wizards who will both be restricted free agents, and George Hill of the Utah Jazz, who’s going to be unrestricted. However, there is greater belief that they will prioritize making a run for Hill as he can sign anywhere he wants to even if his current team matches an offer.
“There is a belief that the Brooklyn Nets might have interest in going there. And even if George Hill isn’t interested in playing for the Brooklyn Nets, the Nets could make the offer is what is dangerous part for the Jazz … and for the Spurs. They can drive the price up.
“The Nets have shown they’ve put out these two gigantic offer sheets and their cap position is essentially the same. They are going to chase … they are going to be major players for Kantavious Caldwell-Pope. They are going to go after Otto Porter.“
Despite not owning their first round pick in this year’s draft, there is still hope that the Nets can improve their roster knowing that their billionaire owner, Mikhail Prokhorov, is known to be willing to spend his money to turn his team into a winner.
Although Brooklyn does not appear to be one of the top free agent destinations yet, things might change should they add a few key pieces to their lineup which will entice bigger names to choose them over other teams. For now, all they have left is hope for things to go their way, which is not bad at all since they have nowhere to go but up.