Having traded for Deron Williams, Joe Johnson, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett over the last few years, the Brooklyn Nets have very few of their own draft picks over the next few years. That makes this news all the more curious.
According to Alex Kennedy of BasketballInsiders, the Nets recently met with point guard Shabazz Napier of the Connecticut Huskies.
Napier is projected by all mock draft sites and experts to go anywhere from mid-to-late in the first round. In any scenario of acquiring a draft pick, the Nets have to trade one of their players. It's anybody's guess as to who they would trade and to where. This early in the process, maybe the Nets have some ideas but it's unlikely that anything is anywhere imminent.
Napier is an intriguing prospect who would certainly fill a need for Brooklyn. At 6'1", 185 lbs., Napier is a tough player despite his size with exceptional ball handling skills to go with a deadly jump shot and very good passing ability. One of his best qualities is his leadership ability. Napier is a true floor general. In his senior year, Napier led the Huskies on an unprecedented run to the National Championship Game where Connecticut defeated the Kentucky Wildcats.
With the uncertainty regarding Shaun Livingston's free agency and questions surrounding Williams future with the franchise, the Nets could absolutely use someone like Napier.
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