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Report: Nets were interested also in Rudy Gay if Otto Porter deal falls through

The Brooklyn Nets haven’t had a significant free agency acquisition yet, but they have been very active this summer. Firstly, in acquiring guard D’Angelo Russell from the Los Angeles Lakers, but also in meeting with a plethora of free agents.

Of course, the biggest name Brooklyn went after was forward Otto Porter, and there is uncertainty on whether the Washington Wizards would match the four-year, $100 million offer sheet Porter signed with the Nets.

However, as Michael Scotto of Basketball Insiders reports, Porter was not the only small forward the Nets wanted. Apparently, the team’s general manager Sean Marks had his sights set on forward Rudy Gay as a back-up plan, if the Porter offer gets matched.

With only Rondae Hollis-Jefferson as a capable small forward, the Nets have a burning need at that position and these two targets have something in common — they are solid offensive players. What Hollis-Jefferson lacks, Gay and Porter have in abundance and that was the clear goal for Marks and the whole Nets organization.

However, Rudy Gay was snatched up by Marks’ former employer, the San Antonio Spurs. The Spurs signed the scoring forward to a two-year, $17.2 million deal and thus ended the Nets’ hopes of snatching up the former Raptor, Grizzly, and King.