The Brooklyn Nets waived point guard Jarret Jack on Thursday which means they will be in the market for a point guard this offseason. Jack was due to count $6.3 million against the cap next season but the team opted to pay him $500,000 to cut him loose. Luckily for the Nets there are a few point guards on the market that could fit in nicely on the team.
Leading the pack is the Memphis Grizzlies’ Mike Conley followed by Rajon Rondo and Jeremy Lin. Any of those three would be a huge addition for the Nets though Conley is either going to stay in Memphis or get the chance to join a contender. As for Rondo, the Nets have already scheduled a meeting with the 30-year-old point guard.
Rondo is coming off a season that saw him lead the NBA with 11.7 assists per game with the Sacramento Kings. The Kings are interested in bringing him back but it is believed that Rondo wants to head to a larger market. If that is the case they don’t get much bigger than New York, even if it is with the Nets.
Lin, 27, has a history with Nets’ head coach Kenny Atkinson who was an assistant with the New York Knicks when Lin took the city by storm back in the 2011-12 season. Lin averaged 11.7 PPG and 3.0 APG last season with the Charlotte Hornets. He could be an intriguing fit for the Nets since he is a known commodity in New York City and would fit in well with Brook Lopez in the pick-and-roll game.
The Nets have plenty of cap space this summer. However, GM Sean Marks must keep in mind that next year’s free agent pool will be loaded with talent. He will need to decide what pieces to add this summer while keeping enough money available for a run at some major potential free agents like Russell Westbrook and Steph Curry.
No matter what the Nets do this summer they won’t turn into playoff contender overnight. They need to take measured approaches this offseason and Lin might be their best bet. He is a smart player who can put butts in the seats while not handcuffing the Nets financially. Rondo would be a bigger name but Lin would be a better fit for where the Nets are right now.