Zach Lowe and Brian Windhorst, in a Monday podcast, agreed the Nets will be all about free agent guards this summer, willing to offer big deals particularly to shooting guards, even one All-NBA type.
Here’s how the discussion went starting at 54:00...
“When it comes to this summer, Brooklyn and Philadelphia this summer are all guards. so look out. Especially Brooklyn. Brooklyn showed last year they'll offer Allen Crabbe $75 million. (This year), 'George Hill, here's a bunch, here's a huge offer.' uh, 'Kyle Lowry, , Here's a huge offer.'“
Lowe then interrupts to add another name, Kantavious Caldwell-Pope, the Pistons 24-year-old shooting guard. Lowe says expect a max deal for the 6’5” guard who’s averaging 14.2 points so far this year, on 37.2 percent shooting beyond the arc.
"K.C.P. I was in Detroit two weeks ago. They're already joking how fast will the max offer sheet for K.C.P come from Brooklyn Will it be one minute, five minutes after the allowed deadline for offer sheets?”
The two then returned to the consequences of Sunday’s big DeMarcus Cousins deal.
Lowry and Hill appear to be distant targets for the Nets but Caldwell-Pope could be a reasonable candidate who’ll be offered an unreasonable contract. Would the Pistons match? They already have a lot of money committed ... and little to show for it.
If the Nets are indeed going after guards, does that mean one or more of their young shooters will be dumped at the deadline? Stay tuned.