The Brooklyn Nets have a massive hole to fill at the point guard position. Fittingly, reports have surfaced that the Nets have legitimate interest in three point guards: Jeremy Lin, Brandon Jennings, and Rajon Rondo. Any of these options would be better than what they had last year at the position, so it is up to management to decide which one, if any, they are going to sign.
The Nets reportedly have “legitimate interest” in Brandon Jennings according to New York Post’s Brian Lewis. In the 2015-2016 season, Brandon Jennings averaged a measly seven points and 3.5 assists per game. However, Jennings was one season removed from suffering a torn achilles in 2014, and in 2015 was traded mid-season from the Detroit Pistons to the Orlando Magic which was a team that was not contending for a playoff spot and did not give him the minutes that he was used to earlier in his career. Up until last season, Jennings averaged nearly 34 minutes per game, whereas last season he averaged only 18 minutes per game. In those seasons in which he played over 30 minutes per game, Jennings was a decent offensive weapon averaging 16 points and six assists per game.
Jennings is a 26 year old in his prime and has solid ” per 36-minute” averages of 14 points and eight assists. If he is signed by the Nets, he will get the minutes and shots that he both wants and deserves. As the team with the second highest amount of cap space in the NBA, the Nets can easily afford to pay him for his services.
The Nets’ interest in Lin seems to be the weakest out of Lin, Rondo, and Jennings. Nonetheless, Jeremy Lin and Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson have a history together. Lin has reportedly stated how instrumental Atkinson was in his development during ” Linsanity” in the 2011-2012 season, which fittingly started against the Nets at Madison Square Garden.
Lin is looking for his best opportunity to develop into the player that he can be as he was quoted saying:
“I’m 27, and an athlete’s prime, or at least in the NBA, your prime is usually 27-30. That’s when you kind of peak physically, mentally and that’s where most players perform their best. So I’m going into my prime and I want to see how great I can be as a player, and that’s my purpose in free agency — so I’ll just exhaust every opportunity to see which one will be the best for me.”
Jeremy Lin is a pick and roll specialist, and Brook Lopez is the perfect fit for a pick and roll point guard.
In the 2015-2016 season, Lin averaged 11.7 points and three points with the Charlotte Hornets. Though those are not great numbers, Lin seems like he has not found a team in which he fits, and he is a high character guy that could find himself in a solid pick and roll offense with Brook Lopez.
This is the most intriguing yet confusing option for the Nets. It is intriguing because Rondo the league in assists with 11.7 per game alongside a great center in Demarcus Cousins, but it is confusing because general manager Sean Marks has stated many times that he wants to bring ” high character guys” to Brooklyn. Rondo does not have a good history when it comes to being a high character guy. Last season Rondo was suspended one game for his homophobic slur towards referee Bill Kennedy, who came out as homosexual following the reports. He also has a history of receiving numerous technical fouls and not getting along with his coaches and teammates.
Nonetheless, Rondo does have the opportunity in Brooklyn to reinvent himself as a man. With Brook Lopez, Rajon Rondo has the opportunity to become the face of a franchise. The bottom line is that the Nets need to get better, and Rondo averaged a double-double last season. The Nets have a meeting with Rondo setup for one minute after free agency officially begins the night of June 30th, so a deal may be made immediately. It would behoove the Nets to sign a premier point guard, something that they have not had in a long time. If the Nets feel as though Rondo has become a better man following his antics in previous seasons, then we may see Rajon Rondo in a Brooklyn Nets uniform for years to come.
Outside of those three point guards , the Nets reportedly have interest in Atlanta Hawks center Al Horford, as well as Chandler Parsons, Allen Crabbe, Jared Dudley and Jamal Crawford.
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