Inspite of dropping 5 of their previous six, the overachieving Brooklyn Nets solution the All-Star break with their eyes on earning a postseason berth.
That fact, paired with several young abilities and plenty of approaching income cap room, could lead to Brooklyn landing a significant-caliber free agent over the summertime. Depend Corridor of Famer and “NBA on TNT” analyst Reggie Miller amid individuals who agree.
“Why not? Absolutely. Why not?” Miller explained for the duration of a convention phone Tuesday to encourage Sunday’s All-Star Recreation. “And I’m nevertheless surprised that the Nets aren’t having much more national love just for the straightforward fact of what they’ve completed. Certainly, they’ve experienced injuries. [Caris] LeVert just arrived again, but [Spencer] Dinwiddie went down. The to start with-time All-Star D’Angelo Russell, Jarrett [Allen] in the center, this workforce performs tricky. They participate in together, they participate in for 1 an additional. And we converse about young groups, at times jealousy [comes into play], and whose workforce is it can type of divide young groups. I really don’t get a perception of that with the Brooklyn Nets.”
Miller, a 5-time All-Star and infamous New York Knicks rival for the duration of his 18-yr career with the Indiana Pacers, doesn’t see the Nets (29-29) as an simple out in the postseason.
“I nevertheless consider they’re heading to make the playoffs, and they can make some sounds if wholesome since they have closers. They have finishers,” Miller explained. “I seriously do appreciate seeing this workforce.”
The Knicks (10-46), on the other hand, have minor to glimpse forward to the rest of the time, having just missing their franchise-file 17th consecutive sport Monday and with only 1 win due to the fact Dec. 16. With the latest Kristaps Porzingis trade to the Dallas Mavericks, the Knicks are positioned to not only land a top decide in t draft in June but also to signal two top-tier free brokers.
Miller’s fellow Turner Sports activities analyst Chris Webber, an All-Star in 5 of his 15 NBA seasons, explained on the convention phone that the Knicks can make that take place.
“Given that [Knicks general manager] Scott Perry has come in there and issues have quieted down from the drama aspect, I imagine it has allowed some free brokers to contemplate New York,” Webber explained. “I imagine they’re in a much better position. It would seem that [the Knicks are] on the route to consistency, that there is constructive converse in the locker space, and they have cleared cap room so that they can go immediately after some really big free brokers. I would not be surprised if New York lands a big free agent this summertime. I would not be surprised at all.”