NBA Rumors: Brooklyn Nets Hard at Work to Round out Roster with Veteran Talent
The Brooklyn Nets have the major pieces in place for a serious postseason run in 2013, but they still have a lot of holes to fill on their roster.
Championships are won and lost on how the front office surrounds their main talent with specialized role players, veteran leaders and chemistry boosters.
Nets GM Billy King has done an excellent job so far this offseason, but has to make sure he provides Deron Williams, Joe Johnson, Gerald Wallace and Brook Lopez with the right supporting cast.
According to Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News, the organization is well on its way to acquiring some solid free agents to patch these holes.
They are reportedly on the verge of re-signing swingman Keith Bogans, who was given a deal back in February, but, only playing five games due to injury, was subsequently released.
He’s a nice depth player that has plenty of experience on solid teams, most recently as an 82-game starter for 2010-11 Chicago Bulls.
Brooklyn is also working hard on bringing back glass-cleaning specialist Kris Humphries, a player that would greatly help out the rebounding-averse Lopez down low.
Speaking of big men, the Nets have also had some contact with veteran free-agent center Nazr Mohammed.
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The 34-year-old spent last season as a solid backup to Kendrick Perkins at the Oklahoma City Thunder, and averaged 2.7 points and 2.7 rebounds in 11.0 minutes of play during the regular season.
His 6’10”, 250-pound frame would be a welcome addition to the frontcourt in Brooklyn.
After electing to offer restricted free agent Lopez a contract extension, rather than hold out for a Dwight Howard pipe dream of a trade, the Nets realize that they need to acquire better defenders and rebounders down low to counteract the former Stanford standout’s weaknesses.
While Brooklyn doesn’t have any coveted cap space left to dole out, they have a great core and should have no problem signing productive role players to minimum contracts.
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