In meeting with beat writers Monday, Billy King said the team is going to give Shane Larkin and Donald Sloan a chance to prove themselves with Jarrett Jack out. King said there's no one out there who's going to "move the needle." King also said he will apply for a disabled player exception (DPE) but doesn't know if he will use it. The DPE would be half of Jack's $6.3 million salary.
King said there's not a PG out there the Nets could get right now that would "move the needle."— Andy Vasquez (@andy_vasquez) January 4, 2016
The #Nets are sticking what they have. All players said they'd miss Jack's leadership and vocal presence and have to help fill the void.— Mike Mazzeo (@MazzESPN) January 4, 2016
Nets GM Billy King says the team plans to apply for the disabled player exception in light of Jarrett Jack's... https://t.co/NnWQ3JmOnD— Mike Mazzeo (@MazzESPN) January 4, 2016
#Nets GM Billy King says he will stick with Larkin and Sloan as the point guards— Brian Lewis (@NYPost_Lewis) January 4, 2016
At just-turned 23, Larkin will be the Nets youngest starting point guard since Stephon Marbury was traded for Jason Kidd in 2001.
"I’ve come in at times and finished games this year, so it’s not a farfetched idea for me to go out and play big minutes,” Larkin said. “I’ve been able to do it this year, just have to do it on a more consistent basis and do it. It’s a good opportunity for me, you never want to see anyone get hurt, but this is what you’re in the NBA for.”
Larkin said Jack told him to “stay ready and play hard."
“I can’t take it for granted that I’m going to be getting whatever minutes a game, just like the guys now can’t take it for granted,” Sloan said. “Any game or any time, things can change. For me, I have to flourish in the minutes I do get, I have to cherish them and make the most of them. That’s what I intend to do.”