Between now and the summer, the Nets front office has several decisions to make — who to take in the draft, who to push for in free agency— but there will also be a series of decisions on what to do with six players already on the roster.
Each of those six have team options. For all but K.J. McDaniels the option is for a vets minimum deal next season. Nothing is guaranteed and decisions are likely to be guided not just by the players’ individual production but what else the Nets do in the summer. Picking up a player like Kentavious Caldwell-Pope could affect decisions on which of the backcourt types get retained, for example. As with such small salary cap footprints, it’s possible one or more could be added to a larger trade package.
Here’s a breakdown of each, in chronological order of their first game with the Nets.
—Sean Kilpatrick, 6’4” shooting guard, 27 years old. Kilpatrick was Sean Marks first call-up from the D-League being signed to the first of his 10-days days after Marks became Nets GM in February. He averaged better than 13 points per game since, with a few monster games like his 38 points and 14 rebounds in the Nets win over the Clippers. He’s missed nine games in the last three weeks with hamstring troubles. Decision Day: June 30. He’ll be eligible for a $1.5 million deal if the Nets keep his option.
—Joe Harris, 6’6” shooting guard, 25 years old. Harris was signed in the off-season after playing most of last season in Canton. Until he hurt his shoulder in a fall (and sustaining a concussion) in early March, Harris was putting up respectable numbers and showing he could defend a bit as well. For the season, he shot 38.5 percent from deep and averaged 8.2 points, starting 11 games. Decision Day: June 30. He’ll be eligible for $1.5 million as well.
—Spencer Dinwiddie, 6’6” point guard, 24 years old. With Jeremy Lin and Greivis Vasquez down and the Nets in need of a back-up point guard, Marks called up Dinwiddie from the Windy City Bulls in early December. He had played two years in Detroit. Pressed into service, he’s kept improving, his biggest game coming Saturday vs. the Bulls who had him in training camp. Now shooting 38.9 percent from deep, Dinwiddie has played some off-guard as well. Decision Day: Nets can dump in July. His deal offers partial guarantees tied to trigger dates associated with the summer league, conditioning. He’ll be eligible for a $1.5 million salary. Nets also have his rights, at the vets minimum of $1.7 million, in 2018-19.
—Quincy Acy, 6’7” power forward, 26 years old. The Nets called him up from the Texas Legends just after the new year. A four-year veteran, Acy had played for the Mavericks, Kings, Knicks and Toronto. Known primarily as an energy guy, Acy displayed some early three-point prowess, shooting 64.7 percent in January. He’s tailed off a lot since, perhaps being effected by a recurring ankle injury. Now averaging 6.5 points and 3.3 rebounds in 15 minutes. His three point shooting is “down” to 43.4. Decision Day: July 16. He’ll be eligible for $1.7 million.
—K.J. McDaniels, 6’6” small forward, 24 years old. The Nets acquired him from the Rockets at the trade deadline, sending $75,000 in cash considerations (the minimum amount permitted in any trade) to Houston. Although just turned 24, McDaniels has played well when given minutes, averaging 9.2 points as a rookie in Philadelphia. After getting minutes early on in Brooklyn, Kenny Atkinson hasn’t played McDaniels that much, but it may be because he’s taking a look at other players. Decision Day: June 29. He’ll be eligible for $3.5 million.
—Archie Goodwin, 6’5” combo guard, 22 years old. The Nets called him up from the Greensboro Swarm in mid-March, signed him to two 10-days deals before signing him to a multi-year deal. No details yet, but it’s hard to imagine that the Nets don’t have a team option this June. Details could be available this week on Basketball Insiders website. While K.J.McDaniels has only played two out of five games this month, Atkinson has played Goodwin all five games, an average of 16 minutes, using him mostly at point guard. Goodwin has shown an ability to finish and play defense, averaging 6.6 points but shooting only 30 percent from deep. Decision Day: NA. He’ll be eligible for $1.6 million.
Who will still be on the roster by July 7 when the Nets head to Las Vegas for the Summer League? One of many “time will tell” issues this summer.