The clock hit midnight and the rumors began to swirl. And one of the first was a big surprise. The Nets needing nothing more than a point guard will work out Brandon Jennings, the 6'1", 26-year-old Brandon Jennings..
The news comes from Chris Broussard, who says the Nets workout will take place at UCLA Friday.
Free agent point guard Brandon Jennings will work out for the Brooklyn Nets Friday morning at UCLA, according to a league source.— Chris Broussard (@Chris_Broussard) July 1, 2016
Broussard didn't say who in the Nets front office would be on hand for the workout, but the rationale was clear. Is Jennings, who once scored 55 points in a game, recovered from his ruptured achilles suffered 18 months ago. The Pistons traded him to the Magic last season.
We wrote this on the injury-plagued Jennings back on June 4.
After rupturing his left Achilles tendon in the 2014-2105 season, Jennings hasn't been able to find the groove he had before the injury where he averaged 15.4 points and 6.6 assists per game with the Detroit Pistons. He's likely to go cheap (whatever that means in the era of inflated salary cap), but is it worth taking the risk? He's only 26.
Should the Nets take a chance on Jennings, it would be the second time in a week where they have moved on a player with injury concerns. Brooklyn moved up in the Draft to take Caris LeVert, a 6'7 combo guard who has been troubled with foot injuries as well.
That being said, it appears that we won't be seeing any breaking news regarding a point guard any time tonight. Jeremy Lin won't be holding meetings until Friday and no one even knows if the Nets have been invited. The Nets, according to Brian Lewis, will take a meeting with Rajon Rondo, but at this point, the level of interest appears low.
The Nets are also reported waiting on Spanish point guard Sergio Rodriguez of Real Madrid. Although there have been reports that the Nets are in the lead position for Rodriguez, there is other NBA competition.