Brooklyn Nets veteran small forward DeMarre Carroll says the franchise will need to “put out the whole red carpet” to compete with the New York Knicks and Los Angeles Lakers in free agency this summer.
The Nets, Knicks and Lakers will all have cap space to sign superstar free agents this summer. Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, Jimmy Butler and Kawhi Leonard will become free agents this offseason.
The Nets made the playoffs this season and are building something really good in Brooklyn. Despite that, Carroll says the Nets will still have to compete with the Lakers and Knicks since they are household names.
“Big city. I think that’s going to be the biggest thing. We’re going to have to compete with New York, of course,” Carroll said, via Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News.
“But at the end of the day, they’ve got to put out the whole red carpet, the whole recruiting process. Because you know the Lakers are going to pull out the whole red carpet, New York is going to do the whole thing. Like I said it’s going to take a group effort: Coaches, players, media. So at the end of the day it’s going to be an interesting thing.”
Behind GM Sean Marks and head coach Kenny Atkinson, the Nets have one of the best cultures in the league.
Even if one superstar comes to Brooklyn this summer, the Nets could be the favorite to win the Eastern Conference in 2019-20.