The Brooklyn Nets have tried hard to give a worthy backcourt mate for Jeremy Lin in 2016 free agency but all their target free agents so far have been retained by their respective teams. The East team is now involved in NBA rumors that they are targeting another shooting guard free agent in Dion Waiters.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports, there is a possibility that the Nets chase Waiters in free agency.
Like their earlier targets in Allen Crabbe (Portland Trail Blazers) and Tyler Johnson (Miami Heat), Waiters is a restricted free agent, which means that the Oklahoma City Thunder can choose to match the possible offer sheet and retain his services.
However, the Thunder already got guard Victor Oladipo in the trade with the Orlando Magic, and it’s unlikely that OKC matches any offer for Waiters.
Jeremy Lin and the Nets had a promising start in 2016 free agency after Brooklyn offered huge contracts to Crabbe and Johnson. However, the Blazers matched a four-year $75 million deal offered to Crabbe and the Heat also matched the four-year $50 million deal offered to Johnson.
This left the Nets without a starting quality SG at this point of the 2016 offseason.
Other NBA rumors have the Nets linked to Cleveland Cavaliers’ J.R. Smith, who could be convinced to leave LeBron James’ team if offered a max contract. It’s not clear however if Brooklyn is willing to give him a max deal.
Last year with the Thunder, Waiters averaged 9.8 points, 2.6 rebounds and 2.0 assists in the regular season. With the Nets, Waiters is expected to have a bigger role on offense.
The Nets are trying very hard to surround star Brook Lopez and free agency signing Jeremy Lin with good players to contend next season for a playoff spot. Dion Waiters could be the answer for the Nets at the starting shooting guard position.
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