REPORT: LeBron James’ ex-Lakers teammate joining Kevin Durant’s Nets
Much like the rest of the NBA, the Brooklyn Nets are also looking to add a few pieces to round out their roster for the upcoming season. It looks like Kevin Durant and the Nets have found their man, and this comes in the form of former Los Angeles Lakers big man Devontae Cacok.
According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, Cacok has agreed to a deal with the Nets for training camp.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) September 17, 2021
To be clear, Cacok is not guaranteed a spot in head coach Steve Nash’s rotation for the campaign ahead. As the above report states, the 6-foot-7 forward/center will need to prove himself to the Nets in order for him to get a shot at possibly earning a backup role on the squad. If Cacok succeeds in doing the same, then he’ll likely end up with Brooklyn’s G League affiliate in the Long Island Nets where he will have to patiently wait for a potential call-up to the big leagues.
Cacok spent the last two years playing alongside LeBron James in LA. The 24-year-old managed to make 20 appearances for the Lakers last season, averaging 2.0 points and 1.6 rebounds in just 4.9 minutes per contest.
It’s hard not to wonder, however, if this move will give Steve Nash and the Nets an advantage in terms of reading into the Lakers’ playbook. Cacok may not have been a key player for LA, but he’s definitely familiar with Frank Vogel’s schemes on both ends of the floor.