The Brooklyn Nets may look stacked on paper currently, but it doesn’t mean there aren’t moves to make this offseason. This offseason is not only crucial for next year’s team, but for the future beyond 2021. With championship expectations being placed on the Nets for the first time since 2013, there could be some tough decisions to make this winter. This includes whether or not to trade depth for a third star and willing to spend well over the cap. Here’s what I believe the Brooklyn Nets should do this offseason to not only compete for a championship but become heavy favorites:
Re-sign Joe Harris
This one is pretty obvious. The Nets cannot afford to let go of their top three-point marksman.
Throughout his four seasons with the Brooklyn Nets, Joe Harris has been one of the team’s most consistent offensive players. He has averaged 12 points a game while shooting 43% from three in his time in Brooklyn. Simply put, Harris is a key player for any team that expects to compete for a championship.
His three-point shooting will be in heavy demand though. Teams will be lined up to pay Harris once free agency starts, but in the end, I do believe he will stay loyal to Brooklyn. Let’s not forget that the Nets were the team that gave Harris a real opportunity in this league in the first place.
The Nets also own Harris’ full Bird rights, which allows them to go over the salary cap to re-sign him to a deal up to the max.
Once free agency officially begins on December 1st, I fully expect the Nets to re-sign Joe Harris to a long-term deal.
Sign a Stretch-Four
This has been an Achilles’ heel for the Nets the last few seasons. They simply don’t have a true power forward who can stretch the floor.
Now I understand Kevin Durant can play power forward, but personally, I’d rather he play his more natural position at small forward. The Nets should want Durant to be as comfortable as possible in his first season back from a major injury. Having him defend opposing threes is the best way to ease him back into game action.
Undersized Taurean Prince was supposed to be that guy for the Nets at power forward last season, but he struggled mightily in the role. Nicolas Claxton showed glimpses during his rookie season, but he is still only a raw talent. The Nets had other options in Wilson Chandler and Rodions Kurucs, but in the end they were pretty lackluster.
Luckily, there are many great options at power forward this offseason.
Key starters like Serge Ibaka, Danilo Gallinari, Jerami Grant, and Paul Millsap could all be great pickups for the Nets. However, the question would be, are they willing to go over the cap to sign one of these players? They can only offer mid-level exceptions to free agents because of their current financial situation. There is a chance though that players may be intrigued to sign for less because of the Nets’ championship expectations.
While it might just be a pipe dream of mine, I can just envision Serge Ibaka reuniting with former teammate Kevin Durant in Brooklyn. The fit would be perfect. His size, shooting ability, and elite defensive instincts would transform the Nets from championship contenders to instant favorites. They would have arguably the best starting five in the league with Ibaka as well.
It’s hard to say who exactly will sign with the Nets, but hopefully it’s Serge Ibaka.
Don’t Trade For a Third Star
I know this may be a bold take, but hear me out.
For over a year now, Brooklyn Nets fans have patiently waited for this team to be fully healthy. With next season looming, there will soon be a reality of Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving both suiting up in the black and white. The question I ask Nets fans is, why would you want to break up this team right before you know how good they’re going to be?
In my opinion, depth is the most important aspect of a championship-level team. How many times have you heard an analyst say a team is a piece or two away from actually competing?
The Nets got most of those pieces and I think us fans often forget the plethora of depth this team has. I mean, think about it.
Spencer Dinwiddie and Caris LeVert can both drop 20-5-5 on any given night. Jarrett Allen and DeAndre Jordan are two of the most efficient centers in the league, who are elite shot-blockers and rebounders. Taurean Prince, who yes did struggle in his first year with the Nets, is still a key 3&D wing every championship team needs. Throw in Joe Harris and his top-tier three-point shooting and that is some serious talent behind the two stars.
Most teams can only dream of the roster the Brooklyn Nets currently have.
If things do go sour during the season, then that’s the time to make the tough decisions, but not right now. Lets not overthink the current situation of this team.
All the Nets have to do this offseason is re-sign Joe Harris, lure in a stretch four, and sign a few key vets at the minimum. That’s it. They’re title favorites.