Brooklyn Nets 2020 Free Agents
The Brooklyn Nets are entering their biggest offseason in franchise history. Last summer, the team made a splash with the signings of NBA superstars Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving. This summer, they will look to assemble a roster around their two stars that complements their two stars and provides them with the best chance of competing for a championship next season. With plenty of young talent on the roster in Caris LeVert, Spencer Dinwiddie, and Jarrett Allen to name a few, the Nets will have to get creative in deciding who they view as an integral part of their team next season.
The Nets (along with most teams in the league) do not have any available cap space but can sign players to the MLE or veteran’s minimum contracts. On a team that’s expected to be a contender, there will be no shortage of veterans who wish to play for Brooklyn this upcoming season. Here are some targets the Nets should pursue in free agency. (Please note that all these targets are unrestricted free agents)
Ibaka has been a name linked to the Nets for a consistent time now and with free agency coming shortly, the rumors have heated up. Ibaka has a great relationship with Kevin Durant from their days as teammates in Oklahoma City and there is plenty of reason to believe he would be open for a reunion in Brooklyn.
The Nets will have enough offense next year. Ibaka provides them with the defender they desperately need. While not the athlete he once was, Ibaka is still a force that would be a very welcome addition to any contender, especially in Brooklyn, a team in need of a workhorse on the defensive end.
It seems more likely than not that Danilo Gallinari will be suiting up for a contender on a discount next year. After trading away Chris Paul to the Phoenix Suns, the Thunder seem to be fully embracing a rebuild, while Gallinari also seems ready for his next chapter.
Once a Knick, Gallinari may now look to return to New York for the rival team that is ready to compete now. Gallinari is said to have been rumored to have interest by at least two contenders in the Eastern Conference. As a scorer that can play off ball and does not need the ball in his hands, Brooklyn makes a lot of sense as a possible destination.
Millsap is coming off a deep playoff run with the Nuggets. In their three playoff series matchups against tough Western conference foes, Millsap held his own and had his moments that showed the world he still has something left in the tank. For a Nets team that is looking to upgrade the power forward position, Millsap would be a great option on the Mid-Level Exception. While undersized as a big man at 6’7, Millsap can provide the Nets with 15-20 solid minutes per game while providing steady scoring, defense, and veteran leadership.
Augustin makes a lot of sense for the Nets if Spencer Dinwiddie is traded this offseason. Durant and Augustin are both former Texas Longhorns and the connection may bring him to Brooklyn if the situation is right. At 33 years old, Augustin is still a reliable contributor and started all 81 games he appeared in during the 2018-19 season. A veteran presence and steady contributor, Augustin may look to Brooklyn in search of his first ring.
Roberson missed an extremely extended period after setbacks from a devastating left knee injury suffered on January 27, 2018. He just played his first game since that infamous day during the resumption of play in the NBA bubble. Add in the connection that Roberson’s sister Arielle is the wife of Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie and Brooklyn makes a lot of sense.
Roberson is only 28-years old but following a long-term injury and the emergence of Lu Dort, Roberson may be looking to take a minimum deal elsewhere to bounce back. The Nets need a perimeter defender and Roberson fits the bill perfectly.
While the Nets already have a reliable sharpshooter in Joe Harris, the modern NBA has taught us that you can never have too many shooters on the floor at the same time. Korver can also come in while Harris is on the bench to ensure that the Nets have a reliable deep threat on the floor at all times.
At 39 years old, Korver is in the twilight of his solid NBA career. He is a career 42.9 percent shooter from deep and would receive open look after open look playing in a lineup with Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving. The thought of Harris and Korver exhausting opponents while shooting off ball screens would bolster an already deep Nets rotation.
Crawford was a Net for the duration of the NBA bubble and was limited to just five minutes of gameplay before a hamstring injury. He is loved by the Nets’ two stars, as well as the rest of the organization and is one of the most knowledgeable veteran players in the league. His presence for Brooklyn would mostly include keeping everyone together and grounded during times of difficulty and serving as a player-coach, like Udonis Haslem’s role with Miami. Crawford should be a priority to be back with the Nets for his impact on and off the court.