There’s no official list of what international free agents been rattling the rims at the Nets mini-camps these last two weeks but social media indicate the Nets have held two three-day workouts, one last week and another this week. The reports have the Nets bringing in players from Europe, South America, Australia and Asia for look-sees.
The Nets aren’t releasing names. So, we’ve been forced to rely on tweets like this from an Argentine blogger chronicling his countryman Nico Brussino’s travels around the NBA...
Segunda jornada de entrenamiento de @nicoobrussino en @BrooklynNets también con la presencia del AT @PPrigioni9 El cañadense fue convocado por @ssergioh para la preselección, desde el 18/6. pic.twitter.com/G3nvwlnpKc— Marcelo G. Nogueira (@mnogueira14) June 12, 2018
Or Marcus Keene’s thank you to the Nets organization...
Or Australian basketball pointing out that Will Weaver, the Nets assistant, and Mitch Creek, one of the free agents, are both part of the Aussies’ national team.
.@MitchCreek55 spent time with the Brooklyn Nets this week under the guidance of rumoured new @LongIslandNets coach and @BasketballAus Boomers assistant Will Weaver.— NBL (@NBL) June 14, 2018
Could this be the beginning of a 2️⃣-way deal? pic.twitter.com/gWVy0v1Pur
NetsDaily has identified 12 free agents who’ve dropped by HSS Training Center Of the 12, only two — Jared Sullinger, the 6’9” former Celtic, and Brussino, a 6’10” swingman from Argentina — have NBA experience other than summer league or training camp. Some played college ball in the U.S., then headed to Europe or spent time in the G-League. A couple played in the 2016 Olympics for their home countries.
Here’s our list, which is like our list of Draft prospects, is incomplete.
--Jared Sullinger , still only 26, is trying to revive his NBA career. He talked to the Nets last summer but decided to play in China where he averaged 30.6 points and 16.6 rebounds for Shenzen. He also kept his notoriously unstable weight under control for the whole season. Sullinger has played 268 NBA games, with 172 starts and for a three year stretch between 2013 and 2016, he averaged 12 and 6 for the Celtics. He’s 6’9” and about 260 pounds.
—Ryan Broekhoff is a shooter par excellence. An Australian, he played last year for Lokomotiv Kuban in VTB United, the Russian league, and the EuroCup, part of the Euroleague. He’s talking to a number of NBA clubs. Broekoff’s calling card is his 3-point shot. The 6’7” swingman doesn’t score a lot of points, but he shot 46 percent from three in 16 games in the VTB and 50.6 percent in the same number of games in the Eurocup. He also shot better than 60 percent from 2-point range in both leagues. The oldest player in the group at nearly 28 years old, Broekhoff has never played in the NBA. He’s a member of the Australian national team, averaging 7.0 points and 2.4 rebounds in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janiero.
—Nicolas Brussino, known as “Nico,” is a 6’10” combo guard who played 58 NBA games over the last two seasons, averaging 2.6 points per game. Brussino, 25, joined Gran Canaria in the Spanish league this season after being cut in October by the Hawks. He averaged 6.1 points and 4.4 rebounds in 15.8 minutes for Gran Canaria. A member of the Argentine national team, he played in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janiero.
—Shawn Dawson, a 6’6” shooting guard, is an Israeli League star. He’s the son of a former pro baller Joe Dawson, who played 20 years in Israel, and Iris Dawson, who’s of Yemeni Jewish heritage. The 24-year-old has played for Maccabi Rishon Zion and Bnei Herzliya, where he averaged 16.2 points and 5.5 rebounds last season. In 2016, Dawson had a gig with the Wizards summer league team and a brief stint with the Pelicans, getting cut in during training camp. A member of the Israeli national team.
--Marcus Keene, who measures somewhere between 5’8” and 5’9”, was the leading scorer in the NCAA Division I in 2016-17 at Central Michigan. He put up 30.1 points per game and during his college career --two years at Youngstown State in addition to the year at CMU— he shot 40.1 percent from three. After going undrafted last June, he went to Italy where he averaged 19.6 for Cagliari Dinamo Academy in the Italian League. The comparisons to Isaiah Thomas are intriguing, but Kenny Atkinson has never been a big fan of small guards. Still, he got an invite.
—Luke Petrasek, a 6’10” forward-center, spent last season in the G-League after going undrafted. Playing all 50 games for the Greensboro Swarm, the Columbia product averaged 6.4 points and 4.6 rebounds. He’s 24. The Nets worked him out before last year’s draft.
--Melo Trimble, a 6’3” point guard out of Maryland, went undrafted a year ago, but got a camp invitation from Minnesota. He was cut at the end of camp and played the rest of last season with Iowa of the G-League, where he averaged 16.1 points and 5.3 assists. Trimble represented the United States national team at the 2015 Pan American Games, where he won a bronze medal.
—Stan Okoye, a 6’6 small forward, had a breakout season in Varese of the Italian league, averaging 15.1 and 7.5 in 33 games. The 27-year-old VMI product shot 39 percent from deep. After college, he played in both Greece and Australia where he averaged a double-double of 28 and 11 for Perth in 2013-14.
—Chris Jones, a 6’3” point guard, averaged 14.0 points and 4.0 assists in 37 games with Mons-Hainaut in Belgium. The 25-year-old is a product of Angelo State in Texas, a Division II school. He’s played professionally in Mongolia and Switzerland as well as Belgium.
—Justin Edwards, a 6’4” shooting guard, has played in Hungary, Italy, South Korea and most recently in Nanterre, France, where he averaged 13.4 points and 5.8 rebounds. Edwards, 25, had a short summer league stint with the Raptors last year, putting up 2.5 points and 4.5 rebounds per game in two games. He’s Canadian.
—Landing Sane’, a 6’9” power forward, is 27. He’s played most of his career in France, but last year played in both Spain and Italy. He averaged 7.7 points and 2.8 rebounds for Andorra in the Spanish League this season.
—Mitch Creek, a 6’5” shooting guard from Australia, played for teams in his native land and Germany last season, averaging about 13 and 5 combined. He played for the Jazz Summer League Team last July. A popular player in Australia, he was the Fans’ MVP playing for the Adelaide 36ers. A member of Australia’s national team.
Of the group, Sullinger, Broekhoff, Brussino and Dawson seem the most likely candidates for a summer league tryout or training camp invite. They’re all working out for other teams, too. Summer league rosters are usually announced around July 4 weekend.