Nets news: Jared Sullinger, Tyler Zeller recently worked out for team
The Brooklyn Nets have a long rebuild ahead of them, but have done a good job in accumulating assets this past summer. The first notable move general manager Sean Marks and the Brooklyn front office executed was acquiring young talent in D’Angelo Russell and Timofey Mozgov from the Los Angeles Lakers in exchange for Brook Lopez and a 2017 first-round pick.
Following the Russell trade, the team continued to pick up assets in deals by absorbing unwanted contracts into their cap space. Demarre Carroll and Allen Crabbe are serviceable players who should help the Nets this season, but the team is still left with a deficit in their front court.
According to Michael Scotto of Basketball Insiders, the team has begun to address the need:
In addition to Jared Sullinger, free agent center Tyler Zeller recently worked out for the Brooklyn Nets, league sources told @BBallInsiders
— Michael Scotto (@MikeAScotto) September 8, 2017
Tyler Zeller recently spent time with the Boston Celtics, but was let go in order to help the team open up enough cap room to sign Gordon Hayward in free agency. Jared Sullinger last played for the Toronto Raptors before being traded to the Phoenix Suns at the trade deadline. Sullinger was then immediately waived and is currently a free agent.
While Zeller and Sullinger are not the most attractive options for the Nets, either one of them should be able to fill the backup center minutes available. It will be interesting to see if Brooklyn opts to sign either of them or roll with their roster as currently constructed.