The Brooklyn Nets failed to get their initial targets in 2016 free agency and have to settle with a couple of back-up point guards at this point of the offseason. PG Jeremy Lin was supposed to start alongside the likes of Tyler Johnson and Allen Crabbe but they were retained by the Miami Heat and Portland Trail Blazers, respectively.
Earlier this summer, the Nets signed Greivis Vasquez to a $4.3 million deal and on Friday, they finalized another short-term contract with veteran PG Randy Foye to a $2.5 million deal.
This makes the Nets deep at the point guard position but short in the shooting guard position and could open up playing time for Lin in the backcourt.
Marc Stein of ESPN confirmed the Foye to Nets deal:
Manu Ginobili, meanwhile, scores the expected $14 mil from the Spurs for 2016-17, while Randy Foye nets one-year, $2.5 million in Brooklyn
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 16, 2016
Signing restricted free agents Johnson and Crabbe to offer sheets was unsuccessful for the Nets despite give huge deals to the potential starting guard or forward. The Heat matched the offer sheet for Johnson worth $50 million over four years while the Trail Blazers matched the offer for Crabbe for $75 million for four years.
Jeremy Lin and Brook Lopez are expected to be the key featured players next season for the Nets, who want to improve their roster as they don’t own their 2017 first round pick in the next NBA draft. Brooklyn wants to avoid the lottery next season as their pick could go to the Boston Celtics, who acquired the future pick in a previous trade.
What does the Foye, Vasquez signing means for Jeremy Lin and his role for the Nets?
After the Nets made their Lin signing official, new head coach Kenny Atkinson declared the Asian-American guard the starting point guard for the team and said that Lin will have a major role on offense in Brooklyn.
With the acquisition of Foye and Vasquez, it also means that Lin will be playing a lot from the shooting guard position next season. Jeremy Lin is a reliable “combo guard” that can play both guard spots in previous stints with the Charlotte Hornets and Houston Rockets.
The Nets have Bojan Bogdanovic, Sean Kilpatrick, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Caris LeVert, among others in their wing rotation. Anyone in this group can win the starting SG or SF spot but Jeremy Lin is expected to be in that depth chart for the Nets.
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