The Nets are actively exploring the trade market for upgrades in the near and long term, league sources tell Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald. Their desire to win more now is rooted in their desire to show this summer’s free agents that they’re making strides, as one source explained to Bulpett, as well as the lack of an incentive to tank, given that they owe their 2016 first-rounder to the Celtics without protection. Bulpett also intimates that the Nets want to make the pick that they owe the C’s as low in the order as possible to avoid the embarrassment and potential fan alienation of having traded away a top pick, though it’s unclear if that’s truly behind Brooklyn’s thinking. In any case, Nets GM Billy King said earlier today that although he’ll apply for a disabled player exception, he doesn’t think any point guards on the market could improve the team in the wake of starting point guard Jarrett Jack‘s season-ending injury. See more from the Atlantic Division:
- The crosstown Knicks are looking to upgrade at the point, writes Marc Berman of the New York Post, who looks at a few potential options for the club.
- More conservative use of Jonas Valanciunas on defense has allowed the Raptors to become about as efficient defensively with Valanciunas on the floor as they are with offseason signee Bismack Biyombo, a noted stopper, observes Eric Koreen of the National Post. Still, Valanciunas has his limitations that make it easy to see why his defense was the most significant question surrounding the team’s decision to sign him to a four-year, $64MM extension this past offseason, as Koreen examines.
- It’s been a frustrating, injury-filled season for DeMarre Carroll, but Toronto’s prize offseason acquisition has still been a help to the Raptors, writes Josh Lewenberg of TSN.ca.