Now that its near-term future already looks a little clearer, Brooklyn wants to make some final roster tweaks for 2022-23. For this, the franchise would notably have someone close to LeBron James in its sights, who also knows a few players on the spot.
In the end, the Nets didn’t fare too badly this summer. While we feared that Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving both leave the ship, they will indeed play for the New York superteam from next fall. As Ben Simmons will now also be in the game, the workforce put in place will look great, and Steve Nash will even be able to align a five of death with terrifying potential on the parquet floors.
However, the leaders do not want to stop in such a good way and intend to fill the last remaining holes. The interior sector is particularly targeted, the snowshoe not being the most populated. On the other hand, you have to play it smart because the Blacks and Whites no longer have a lot of money available. A free agent therefore seems to be the ideal solution, and according to journalist Michael Scotto, they would thus eye the file of a well-known player in the NBA landscape:
Tristant Thompson on the Nets’ radar
The Nets are looking to add a veteran back-up center, league sources tell HoopsHype. One free agent pivot to watch is Tristan Thompson, HoopsHype has learned.
Champion in 2016 with LeBron James in Cleveland, the big man has not yet found a new team after a last unsuccessful freelance at the Bulls. In Brooklyn, he would not land in such unknown territory after all, because he would join some ex-teammates of his time in Ohio:
Thompson’s rebounding skills, energy, locker room presence and champion pedigree are all traits that could fit the Brooklyn roster and its title aspirations this season. The 31-year-old veteran played with Irving for six seasons and Joe Harris for two seasons in Cleveland. Thompson is also represented by Klutch Sports CEO Rich Paul, who has Simmons as a client on the team.
Remember that TT was drafted the same year as Uncle Drew (2011), in fourth position while the guard was the first pick. The connection between the two men is therefore more than a decade old and the number 11 would probably not say no to his great pal being recruited by the New York franchise. However, it is debatable whether signing him at this stage of his career would really be such a good idea.
Indeed, the veteran comes out of one of his worst seasons so far, with just 6 points and 5 rebounds on average. The fact that he played in three different teams in one year doesn’t help, of course, but it also shows that they didn’t consider him essential. On top of that, he remains stuck in extra-sporting problems for which he is solely responsible, having once again cheated on Khloe Kardashian. The kind of drama that BKN would do well after this eventful summer.
Tristan Thompson at the Nets? The Blacks and Whites do not exclude this possibility, especially since the pivot will not cost them very much and his arrival could please the superstars on the spot. On the other hand, the pans he drags around could end up playing against him…