The Brooklyn Nets have won seven consecutive games, including five on the road, and have moved to within one-half game behind the Philadelphia 76ers for the top spot in the Eastern Conference.
But despite having found the winning formula, or at least it looks that way, the Nets are not resting on their laurels.
Brooklyn is waiving three players whom they recently added – Iman Shumpert, Noah Vonleh, and Andre Roberson. The moves, done ahead of Wednesday’s deadline to guarantee non-guaranteed deals for the rest of the season, were made to give the Nets roster flexibility to take on players via trades, buyouts, and the free agent market.
That doesn’t mean though that they don’t want those players anymore. According to reports, Brooklyn intends to sign Shumpert and Roberson to 10-day contracts after they clear the waivers on Friday. Teams can use 10-day contracts up until the March 25 trade deadline. After that, they will have to carry the same roster up to the end of their season.
Shump, Roberson, and Vonleh
Shumpert signed with the Nets at the end of last month, supposedly to help address their defensive woes. The 30-year old guard was a fantastic two-way player during his early days with the Knicks and Cavs, winning the NBA title in 2016 with Cleveland. But he’s played just one game so far, scoring two points in six minutes of action against the Sacramento Kings.
Nets are waiving Iman Shumpert, Noah Vonleh and Andre Roberson ahead of the season deadline to guarantee deals for players
Roberson was Brooklyn’s latest addition. The 29-year old defensive stopper who previously played for the OKC Thunder was added right after Valentine’s Day and has played in two games. After playing just four minutes in his Nets debut against the Lakers, Roberson appeared in 17 minutes and contributed four rebounds, two assists, and one steal.
Vonleh meanwhile could have been waived for good. The 25-year old former lottery pick played in just an average of 2.8 minutes per game in four appearances with the Nets and hardly had an impact, big or small. Brooklyn is reportedly interested in singing power forward Tyler Cook to a 10-day deal. Cook averaged 20.6 points, 10.1 rebounds, and 4.6 assists per game for the Iowa Wolves across seven games in the G League bubble.
Rumored Trade Targets
A lot of things can still happen between now and the trade deadline and the Nets are reportedly looking to add more wealth before that day passes. The Nets have already built one of the most potent offensive teams in the history of the NBA but they still need to improve on the defensive end of the floor.
Because of that, Brooklyn is reportedly eyeing to add players who may be available via trade or those that will be bought out by their teams before the deadline.
According to reports, the Nets have set their sights on Cleveland Cavaliers big man Andre Drummond whom the Cavs are shopping right now. Drummond is a rebounding monster who could help them improve their current standing as the 21st ranked rebounding team in the league.
Then there is Houston Rockets handyman P.J. Tucker who has been rumored to be on the way out for quite some time now. Tucker played with Harden in Houston and he is one of the toughest defenders in the league even if he is undersized. The Rockets also recently waived DeMarcus Cousins and Boogie is a seven-footer who can also help them solve their frontcourt issues.
The best NBA betting sites currently have the Nets with the second-best odds to win the 2021 NBA championship. The odds vary, depending on which sportsbook you use, but it’s clear that they are the top choice to represent the Eastern Conference in the championship round and that’s not hard to understand.
The Brooklyn Nets (+375) have the second highest odds to win the NBA championship 🏆
Brooklyn was already among the favorites before the season started But after acquiring James Harden via trade, they overtook the L.A. Clippers and Milwaukee Bucks in the odds boards. With the Lakers reeling right now, it won’t be a surprise to see the Nets close the gap, especially if they continue to win in the coming weeks.
Kevin Durant will be returning before the All-Star break so that’s just going to make Brooklyn even better. With the flexibility that they have after waiving Shumpert, Roberson, and Vonleh, the Nets are primed for a title run. Sure, they don’t have anyone permanent after KD, Kyrie, and Harden but they should be able to assemble a team that will give them a good shot at going all the way.
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