Nets Notes: Free Agency, Dudley, Russell, Tsai

The Nets‘ 2018/19 campaign came to an end on Tuesday night, as the club lost its fourth straight game to the Sixers and dropped the series by a 4-1 margin. Still, the season has to be considered a success for Brooklyn, a team that wasn’t expected to make the playoffs coming into the year. The Nets’ unexpected postseason berth figures to be one of the franchise’s many selling points as it pursues top free agents this summer, writes Seerat Sohi of Yahoo Sports.

The Nets will have a handful of their own free agents to make decisions on as well, but role players like Jared Dudley recognize that they won’t necessarily be the club’s top priority in July. Dudley, at least, is okay with that, as Brian Lewis of The New York Post relays.

“I loved my New York situation here. … I’d have no problem coming back here. I don’t say that on every exit interview,” Dudley said. “Brooklyn has to do what’s best for them. If I’m them, I’m going big-game hunting for the big fish, then you can fall in line.”

Here’s more on the Nets as their offseason begins:

  • League sources have intimated that D’Angelo Russell will be seeking a maximum-salary contract as a restricted free agent, according to Lewis. It’s not yet known if the Nets will be willing to go that high, or if they’ll be forced to by a rival offer sheet. However, Russell told Stefan Bondy of The New York Daily News this week that “everybody is on the same page” regarding his free agency.
  • Nets GM Sean Marks wasn’t the only one to face discipline as a result of his decision to enter the referees’ locker room after the club’s Game 4 loss over the weekend. Brooklyn minority owner Joseph Tsai was fined $35K for tweeting support for Marks (link via The Associated Press). “My partners and I have spoken and the entire Nets ownership group support our GM Sean Marks for protesting the wrong calls and missed calls,” Tsai wrote. “NBA rules are rules and we respect that, but our players and fans expect things to be fair.”
  • In an interesting piece for The Athletic, Michael Scotto spoke to executives, agents, and players about the pros and cons of the contrasting rebuilding models employed by the Nets and Sixers.
  • The trade that sent Jeremy Lin to Atlanta last summer was viewed primarily as a salary dump for the Nets, but the club also acquired the rights to draft-and-stash prospect Isaia Cordinier in the swap. NetsDaily explores whether Cordinier could become a sneaky-useful asset for Brooklyn.
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6 thoughts on “Nets Notes: Free Agency, Dudley, Russell, Tsai

  1. x%sure

    Russell can seek Max City all he wants but he will not find it. He was not a max factor vs Philly. He shouldn’t even say ‘max’, as doing so might reduce the offers he gets.

    How does a team know if the big year was just a salary drive? He hasn’t had so much drive in the past.

    • D$!LLKU$H-og

      Very true. I imagine Marks is somewhat skeptical and will probably offer 5/125-130MM or perhaps even wait to see if any other team makes an offer. The most another team can offer DLo is 4/117MM where a 5 year max from BKN would be 5/158MM, which I doubt they give him. If he doesn’t take the 5/130MM Marks should then wait and match another teams offer. If that doesn’t happen then he may even come cheaper.

  2. LeNNoN

    AGREE X…its going to be interesting which team will give him money as a RFA..

  3. yoyo137

    I liked Russ and Paul George before the playoffs and hated Jared Dudley, it’s crazy that now I hate Russ and Paul George and gained a lot of respect for Dudley lol.

    • x%sure

      He’s their only semblance of enforcer… they have to bring him back or upgrade. There are good candidates at their drafting position and they need a 4 the most anyway.

      • D$!LLKU$H-og

        If they use all their picks (which I doubt) roster spots will fill up quick. They have 7 under contract with Allen, Crabbe, Dinwiddie, Harris, Levert, Kurucs and Musa. With Dlo and Ed Davis back, then let’s say 2 picks that’s 11. Signing someone like Randle or Mirotic (after big game hunting) should help at the four. Atkinson and Carroll go way back so he’ll come back if he takes a vets min. Then bring Duds back on vets min. Decent player and great locker room guy. I could see him being a Haslem type for the Nets.

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