The Nets face off against the Grizzlies at 5 p.m. ET Saturday, the opening game of the Orlando Magic Pro Summer League. It's the first of two summer leagues the Nets will participate in. They haven't done that since 2008.
Sam Vecenie of CBS Sports takes an in-depth look at the Nets roster and finds "an eclectic group of players," which he breaks down into several categories, from those who will "absolutely be on the Nets in 2015-16" -- only Rondae Hollis-Jefferson fits into that category -- down to the "One percenters, or guys that I had to Google." There's six of those including Austin Hollins, Lionel's son.
A few things have changed since Vecenie wrote the piece that need to be noted. Ryan Boatright of UConn who he had under "Guards with a small chance of making it." Of course, he's being signed to a two-year, partially guaranteed deal that will pay him $75,000 if he's on the roster as of August 1. Vecenie thought with all the point guards under contract, Boatright had little chance. Ha! Vecenie predicted Khem Birch will get a camp invite. He's been signed by a Turkish league team in the interim. He'll still play.
Also, Juvonte Reddic, who he had under the "Google" category, hurt his back and is out.
He gives Cliff Alexander a 45 percent chance of making the final roster, Earl Clark 50 percent and Cory Jefferson (who will get a $75,000 payment on July 15 if still on the team) 64 percent.
Here's what he says of Alexander's chances...
A former top-five high school player, Alexander surprisingly went undrafted in June. He doesn't have a guaranteed contract with the Nets, but this is a good situation for him due to a lack of known frontcourt depth in front of him. He was the No. 42 player on my final pre-draft big board, so he has some talent. It's totally possible he makes this team.
The game will be shown live at 5 p.m. on NBA TV and online.
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