Nets Notes: Bennett, Marks, Lin

Anthony Bennett‘s two-year deal with the Nets is a low-risk, high-reward gamble for Brooklyn, considering the team has few draft picks, Brian Lewis of the New York Post details. Bennett will make a guaranteed $1,015,696 this season and another $1,087,745 if he’s on the roster opening night 2017, Lewis reports. The former No. 1 overall pick is focused on sharpening his rebounding and using his athleticism on defense, but Bennett’s confidence must also improve for him to stick, Lewis writes.

Here’s more out of Brooklyn:

  • The Nets enter their fifth season in Brooklyn still lacking an identity, but instead of depending on aging stars with large contracts, the team’s hopes rest in GM Sean Marks‘ and head coach Kenny Atkinson‘s abilities, Seth Berkman of The New York Times writes. Bojan Bogdanovic and Brook Lopez are the only players on the Nets who have played at least two seasons with the team, as Berkman points out.

  • A significant reason Jeremy Lin joined the Nets was because he wants to prove he can be a full-time starting point guard, Michael Scotto of The Associated Press relays. “That’s a huge thing for me because in free agency I kind of said I want to see how great I can become,” Lin said. “I’ve played a lot of different roles, I’ve sacrificed for a lot of teams I’ve been on in the past. I’ve taken smaller roles to try to help the team succeed. Now I have that chance to take a much bigger role and be a much bigger part.”

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