Julian Garcia of the Daily News reports that Rod Thorn is scouring the NBDL and CBA for big men to help ease the pain of losing Nenad Krstic. Leaving aside the fact that the Nets already have 15 players under contract, there are some NBDL players with decent credentials. Several of them have Nets connections.
Here's a sample:
--Elton Brown, 6-9, PF, Colorado 14ers [the Nets D League affiliate] is averaging a double-double. Waived by the Knicks after a decent training camp. Played at Virginia
--Justin Williams, 6-10, C, Dakota Wizards, is also averaging a double double and is D League leader in rebounds and blocked shots, @ 3.11 bpg. Always a big shot blocker but no offense. Waived by Kings. Played at Wyoming.
--Matt Haryasz, 6-11, PF, Arkansas Rimrockers, is averaging 9 and 8. Strong, good hands and slow. Worked out by the Nets, waived by the Rockets. Played at Stanford.
--Luke Schenscher, 7-1, C, Fort Worth Flyers, is averaging 10 and 8. Only one of the big men listed to see NBA action, with the Bulls last year. Waived by them. An Australian, he played at Georgia Tech.
--Jamar Smith, 6-9, PF, Austin Toros, is averaging 16 and 7, the best offensive numbers of the group. Played a couple of games with Nets summer league team averaging 9 and 4 in 14 minutes, then signd to partially guaranteed contract by the Spurs who waived him. Played at Maryland.
--Louis Amundson, 6-8, PF, Colorado 14ers [the Nets D League affiliate], is averaging 11 and 6. Looked good in summer league with Kings, but was dumped in a surprise move. Strong, but undersized. Played at UNLV.
Other than Schenscher, all would be considered rookies and would be paid $412,000, pro-rated, for whatever time they get in the NBA. Schenscher would get a second-year player's vet minimum of $664,000.
All are free agents.