With a glut of wings and several players headed for free agency, it’s hard to know what the Nets might look like next season.
In other words, the future is a little uncertain after the season-ending sweep at the hands of the 76ers in the first round.
- Rival executives expect forward Cam Johnson to receive a deal of around four years and $90 million as a restricted free agent this summer, per Michael Scotto of HoopsHype.
- As we relayed here, the Rockets are expected to be among the teams with an interest in Johnson, via Scotto.
- Brooklyn could potentially be a suitor for Trail Blazers star guard Damian Lillard, rival executives told Scotto.
- One executive told Scotto: “Dame would be the leader they (Nets) need. I’m just not sure they have the pieces to get him, but they should try. The picks they have coming in aren’t great. It would probably take Ben Simmons’ contract to make the numbers work, but you’d have to attach picks to him on top of the picks you need for Lillard.”
- The Nets could build a trade package around multiple first-round picks and forwards such as Dorian Finney-Smith or Royce O’Neale, Scotto noted. He also identified guard Cam Thomas as a player who could “move the needle” in trade talks.
- While the Nets will certainly look to deal, forward Mikal Bridges is looked at as the cornerstone around whom the Nets will build, Scotto wrote. “We’re talking about a young man that’s growing in front of our eyes,” coach Jacque Vaughn said.