With LaMarcus Aldridge signing, Nets gain more veteran depth up front


So, is the Nets’ 2021 NBA title a wrap now that LaMarcus Aldridge will probably be coming off their bench the subsequent few months? Of course not, and NBA Twitter is able to inform you that whereas it complains about Brooklyn including one other star to an already deep roster.

Aldridge’s agent, Jeff Schwartz, told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski on Saturday that the large man will signal with the staff now that he has been purchased out by the Spurs. He is the second bought-out vet to move to the Nets in current weeks; Blake Griffin was the primary.

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Griffin is a backup energy ahead with Brooklyn, which is why Wojnarowski speculated the 6-11 Aldridge will most probably be a backup middle with the Nets.

Wherever Aldridge performs, Brooklyn’s second-unit frontcourt choices will probably be him, Griffin, Jeff Green, Timothe Luwau-Cabarrot, Nicolas Claxton and Alize Johnson, who scored 23 factors in his Brooklyn debut. They’ll complement Kevin Durant (as soon as he returns from a hamstring damage), DeAndre Jordan and Joe Harris.

That’s the proverbial “good problem” of getting a number of choices. Finding minutes for the present crop hasn’t been tough this season as a result of Durant has performed in simply 19 of the Nets’ 46 video games and is out in the mean time with a hamstring damage.

Green 42 22 26.9 9.6 3.8
Luwawu-Cabarrot 39 7 19.5 7.1 2.5
Claxton 21 14 19.2 8.9 4.4
*Griffin 3 0 18.3 9.0 3.3

*Totals with Nets.

Aldridge averaged 13.7 factors and 4.5 rebounds in 21 video games (18 begins) for San Antonio.

The reserves’ alternatives will not dry up for some time as a result of Durant is no less than two weeks away from returning. But Aldridge will change the distribution as soon as he is prepared. His final sport look was March 1 — the Spurs benched him quickly after — and he missed time earlier within the season with a hip damage.

Nets coach Steve Nash can use the rest of the common season to play Aldridge, Green and Griffin collectively. There’s lots of age in that group (Green is 34 and Griffin is 32), but in addition lots of capacity. And if they do not work out, then Nash can roll with youthful backups who’ve performed lots of minutes.

Again, a very good downside to have.