Earlier in the 2016 NBA offseason, the Brooklyn Nets were serious in reloading their backcourt by targeting free agents from the guard and forward positions and find players to fit alongside free agency signing Jeremy Lin.
However, both targets, Allen Crabbe of the Portland Trail Blazers and Tyler Johnson of the Miami Heat, were retained by their respective teams. Both Crabbe and Johnson were offered big contracts but both were restricted free agents (RFA), which made it possible for the Blazers and Heat to retain them in free agency.
Where do the Brooklyn Nets go from here after the Heat and Blazers decided to stick with their free agents? What other moves can they make to find Jeremy Lin a suitable partner in the backcourt and the wings?
The summer market for all players, especially guards and forwards, are thin at this point of 2016 free agency. However, the Nets still have a few options left to try to fill in and find a starter or players to add to their wing depth. These include shooting guards Dion Waiters (Oklahoma City Thunder), J.R. Smith (Cleveland Cavaliers), and Kevin Martin (San Antonio Spurs).
Smith may be looking for a huge deal after opting out of a $5 million plus contract with the champion team Cavaliers. The Nets may pair him with Jeremy Lin starting next season but they need to offer him a near max deal for Smith to consider leaving LeBron James and the Cavaliers.
Waiters and Martin can be acquired with smaller contracts along with other veteran guards still available in the free agent market.
New Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson recently declared Jeremy Lin as the starting point guard for the team. He’ll be featured in the starting line-up along with star center Brook Lopez. However, Brooklyn’s failure to get them worthy free agency signings like Johnson and Crabbe will affect their chance of contending for a playoff spot next season.
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