ESPN’s NBA contributor Marc Stein has reported that the Brooklyn Nets are out of the running for free agent Kyle Korver. Korver has supposedly been offered as much as $20 million over a 3 year contract. The most the Nets can offer is 3 years, $9.6 million and a chance to play for a title but it doesn’t seem as though that will be enough to lure the three point marksman.
So, where do the Nets turn now?
Marco Belinelli could jump right in and fill the spot the Nets had left open for Korver. Belinelli killed the Nets last season, as a member of the Bulls, and shot nearly 36% from deep during the season. However, Belinelli would be another offensive minded shooting guard coming off the bench along with Jason Terry. Also several sources have said that Belinelli is interested in joining the Indiana Pacers, who are looking to improve their bench production from a year ago.
Bojan Bogdanovic is a name floating around to be the Nets shooting specialist off the bench. Bogdanovic’s rights are owned by the Nets after a trade with the Timberwolves and it seems the 6’8” forward is ready to come to the NBA after playing in Turkey last season. He averaged 16 points per game and shot over 40% from the 3 point line while competing against some of the best players in Europe. But Bogdanovic is a very similar player to Mirza Teletovic and the Nets, who are in a win-now mode, should use the roster spot on a more proven NBA player.
Chauncey Billups’ time with the Los Angeles Clippers seems to have come to an end after the team traded for J.J. Redick yesterday. Billups, who will forever be remembered by Nets fans for his buzzer beater to tie the game in the 2004 Eastern Conference Semifinals, could join the organization that he tortured for so many years. Billups will be 37 by the time the season starts and has been searching for that last ring for a few seasons. He is another veteran in the locker room, who could fill the Nets need for a backup point guard and 3 point shooter. Billups has drawn interest from a handful of other teams since free agency has begun.
Matt Barnes might be the best fit for the Brooklyn Nets, possibly even better than Korver would have been. Barnes, 33, is a good outside shooter but will also bring defensive tenacity to the club. Barnes was with the Clippers last season but looks like he might be ready to leave and the Nets should have interest. He is a veteran, who can guard some of the better offensive small forwards in the league while giving Paul Pierce some much needed minutes of rest. The Nets can offer him their mini-mid level exception but with the way shooters have been getting paid so far this off-season expect someone to outbid them. Although, if no bigger offer comes the Nets could have a solid shot at Barnes.
If the Nets do not decide on any of these options, they could look to move Reggie Evans and acquire a shooter in a deal but the team has insisted they are not shopping the forward at this point.
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