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Nets met with Shabazz Napier

Ronald Martinez

The Nets seem to have turned to offseason mode quickly. With the NBA Draft Combine going on this week, the Nets are present despite not having a pick in this year's draft, at least at the moment. The Nets have reportedly been interested in acquiring a pick at some point in the draft and are still scouting prospects.

Alex Kennedy of BasketballInsiders reports that Shabazz Napier, leader of the National Championship winning Connecticut Huskies, has met with the Nets, among other teams.

In his career at UCONN, Napier averaged 12 points and four assists per game, winning two NCAA championships. This season, he averaged 18 points, nearly six rebounds, and nearly five assists. Napier shot up draft boards during his great play during the NCAA tournament and his leadership characteristics can fit in with the Nets veteran core. But most draftniks still have him at the end of the first round or beginning of the second. DraftExpress has Napier going at #26 in its mock draft.

With the return of Shaun Livingston in question, and Deron Williams inconsistency this past season, the Nets may be looking to improve their depth at point guard by meeting with Napier.  The Nets also have Jorge Gutierrez and Marquis Teague on next year's roster.