After the Brooklyn Nets declined the option to Sergey Karasev and his contract going into the next season, Karasev’s father came to the rescue and stated that his son will no longer return to the Nets’ lineup and will weigh their options elsewhere.
The 22-year old Russian shooting guard was traded to the Nets from Cleveland in 2014 as part of a 3-team trade wherein the Nets traded their 2015 2nd round pick to Cleveland; Brooklyn traded Tyler Zeller, 2016 1st round pick and Marcus Thornton to Boston; Cleveland traded Jarrett Jack and him to Brooklyn.
On Oct. 24, 2014, the Nets exercised their third-year team option on Karasev’s rookie scale contract, extending the contract through the 2015–16 season. On March 11, 2015, he was ruled out for the rest of the 2014–15 season after being diagnosed with a dislocated patella and a torn MCL in the right knee, along with multiple loose bodies in the knee joint.
For this season, Karasev has a base salary of $1,599,840 and for the 2016-17 season, he is supposed to have a base salary of $2,463,751. As the Nets declined this option, Karasev becomes an unrestricted free agent this summer and can sign with other teams but his father, Vasily Karasev, stated that his son may either play in the NBA or in Europe.
“Sergey is fine, he’s already working for the next season. It’s too early to say where he’ll play next season. We will consider all the options, both from NBA and Europe. One thing is for sure, Sergey won’t play for the Nets next season,” Vasily Karasev said in an interview with Izvestia.ru as reported by Sportando.
Sergey Karasev's father chimes in again: son won't return to #Nets.
— Greg Hrinya (@GHrinyaNets) May 24, 2016
The Nets can match any offer to Karasev but it seems that both parties don’t want anything to do with one another. It is also doubtful if other teams would want Karaev’s services since his career average is 3.0 points and 1.5 rebounds. It is expected that if no teams would sign him up he might try his luck with his father’s team, the Zenit Saint Petersburg or with other European teams.
Back in November, Vasily Karasev, who coached his son as a teenager in Russia, complained publicly that Sergey was not getting enough minutes from the Nets and wanted to be traded. However, the younger Karasev denied his father’s claim back then and for a short period, he saw more minutes. He finished with season averages of 2.4 points and 1.5 rebounds in 10 minutes per game.
Photo Courtesy: Sergey Karasev @SKgetbuckets/Twitter