Two backcourt players, Kendall Marshall and P.J. Hairston are trying out for the Brooklyn Nets, which has still to complete their roster before training camp begins in the next few days. Could one of the two hopefuls get a slot for the Nets and become the backcourt partner for starting point guard Jeremy Lin?
The Nets are considered one of the worst teams not only in the Eastern Conference but the entire league. But that is not stopping the team from trying to compete next season. Tanking is not an option for Brooklyn as they will send their 2017 NBA Draft first round pick to the Boston Celtics because of a previous trade.
According to reports on Tuesday, Marshall and Hairston were two of the players who participated in late offseason workouts for the Nets. Another player mentioned is point guard Jorge Gutierrez, who played before in Brooklyn.
Hairston could be the best fit for Brooklyn after the Nets missed out on their free agent targets in the 2016 offseason. Brooklyn signed Tyler Johnson and Allen Crabbe to offer sheets this summer but their teams, the Miami Heat and Portland Trail Blazers matched the contract offer from the Nets.
It would be difficult for Marshall and Gutierrez to make the team with the point guard position already filled for the Nets. However, Marshall can slide to the shooting guard spot and is known for his outside shot so he can play alongside Jeremy Lin. Marshall played for four teams in previous stints including the Los Angeles Lakers and Philadelphia 76ers.
If the Nets sign Hairston, who played for the Charlotte Hornets and Memphis Grizzlies in previous years, he can start at the shooting guard spot or come off the bench. Hairston was once a draft lottery prospect before his value dropped because of off the court controversies.
The Nets will feature Jeremy Lin and Brook Lopez in the starting line-up but no other player is a proven star in their roster. Bojan Bogdanovic is a promising prospect and will likely start at the small forward position.
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