The Brooklyn Nets started off the 2016 NBA Free Agency by signing Jeremy Lin to a three-year, $36 million deal. According to the latest NBA rumors, the Nets are interested in signing former first overall pick Anthony Bennett and Portland Trail Blazers sixth man Allen Crabbe.
The Nets filled in a glaring need at point guard by signing Lin, who played great last season with the Charlotte Hornets. The 27-year-old will be the starter in a team that seems to be in a rebuilding mode. However, new general manager Sean Marks is not planning on tanking as he plans to sign additional players.
According to Nets Daily, Brooklyn is very interested in giving Anthony Bennett a chance to prove himself in the NBA again. The former first overall pick is already considered a bust but worked out at a Nets minicamp at the end of May.
The report noted that Bennett was very impressive in the workout and he showed up in great shape. His career has been plagued by injuries and conditioning issues. The Nets are the perfect team to get his career restarted as Chris McCullough is the only power forward on their roster.
On the other hand, Marc Stein of ESPN reported that Allen Crabbe is on the Nets’ radar. The 24-year-old had a breakout year for the Blazers and he is one of the most improved players in the NBA last season. Portland has insisted that they are willing to match any offers for Crabbe.
However, the Blazers just signed Evan Turner to a four-year, $70 million deal that possibly closes the door on Crabbe’s return to Portland. Nonetheless, he will be a good fit in Brooklyn and help the team get back up from a disappointing season.
Besides Jeremy Lin, the Nets have also signed center Justin Hamilton to a two-year, $6 million contract on Friday. Brooklyn does not have a first round pick until 2019 and they will have to rely on players such as Lin and Brook Lopez to remain competitive.
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