The Nets continue to be active at the Pre-Draft Combine, with fragmentary reports indicating interviews and scheduled workouts with a wide range of players. The Nets are not advertising who they're talking to but agents, players and others are talking about who they're seeing and working out for.
Based on who the Nets are talking to, there's no indication of any big move into the first round (or agents for first rounders aren't interested in talking to them.) Most of the name players the Nets are talking with are high second rounders.
In addition to the previously reported DeAndre Bembry, the St. Joe's SF, the Nets are talking to --and/or scheduling a workout with:
--Isaiah Whitehead, the 6'5" PG out of Seton Hall (and Brooklyn)
--Cheick Diallo, the 6'9" PF out of Kansas
--Malik Beasley, the 6'5" SG out of Florida State
--A.J. English, the 6'4" SG out of Iona
--Kay Felder, the 5'9" PG out of Oakland
--Isaiah Miles, the 6'7" PF out of St. Joseph's
--Isaiah Briscoe, the 6'3" PG out of Kentucky
--Egidijus Mockevicius, the 6'7" PF out of Evansville (and Lithuania), and
--Yogi Ferrell, the 6'0" PG out of Indiana.
According to several reports, Bembry is the big mover in the group with the latest mocks putting him comfortably in the mid-20's. There's divided opinion on Whitehead with some like Fran Fraschilla saying he has first round talent while others like Jonathan Givony of Draft Express suggesting he needs better showings at the Combine if he hopes to get drafted. The Seton Hall star has not hired an agent, but said if an NBA team gives him a first round guarantee, he will "100 percent" declare.
Some of the names may not even get drafted, others may show up in the D-League. At the other end of the scale, acquiring a high second rounder would require the Nets to move up either through a trade or straight purchase . But Givony wrote Thursday that second rounders have become so valuable this year that it might take the full $3.4 million available to teams to acquire a high second rounder.
It may be difficult to track who's coming and going at the HSS Training Center. Josh Newman of the Asbury Park Press tweets the Nets are keeping their workouts private.
To add to this, I was told today the Nets will not make their draft workouts public, as was the case in years past https://t.co/YVPDGZUwCU— Josh Newman (@Joshua_Newman) May 12, 2016