In the last four months, the Nets have added three stashes — two international and one domestic, giving the organization six, their most ever. How many (any?) of the now six stashes will develop? Maybe two, maybe none. Their draft rights can be convenient trade pieces, particularly in deals like salary dumps and sign-and-trades.
How they doing? There’s no sure thing in the group. But Isaia Cordininer, who looked good playing for the Nets Summer League entry, has continued to develop nicely and he’s only 22.
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Juan Pablo Vaulet, 23, 6’7” SF - BAXI Manresa, Spain.
Yep, he’s still only 23. Acquired in the 2015 Draft in a Draft Night trade. Beset by one foot injury after another, JPV looks healthy this year. He finally moved on from his native Argentina to BAXI Manresa in Spain. He’s averaging 9.4 points and 2.4 rebounds. He’s also improved his 3-point shot, hitting 4-of-8 in seven games.
Aleksandar Vezenkov, 24. 6’9” PF - Olympiacos, Greece.
Part of a second round swap with Celtics in the 2017 Draft. Bulgaria’s best player, he has been relegated to the end of the bench for the Greek power. He’s played only 28 minutes in four games, scored only four points. A stretch 4, the Nets had him fly to Madrid last summer to get shooting tips from the Nets tele-coach, Stefan Weissenboeck.
Isaia Cordinier, 22, 22, 6’5” PG - Nanterre, France.
The least publicized piece in the series of 2018 free agency deals that sent Jeremy Lin to the Hawks. The Nets specifically asked for the rights to Cordinier, who the Hawks had taken in the 2016 second round. After playing well for the Nets summer league team, Cordinier returned to France and a new team, Nanterre. He’s playing well and has become a fan favorite because of his athleticism. He’s averaging 13.4 points and 2.6 assists in the French League and shooting better than 50 percent overall, but only 25.8 percent on shots behind the (European) arc. He too received instructions from Weissenboeck.
Nemanja Dangubic, 26, 6’9” SG - Estudiantes, Spain.
Acquired in the surprise S&T that sent DeMarre Carroll to San Antonio in July. A second round pick in the 2014 Draft, Dangubic wound up with the Spurs at the end of the night after a couple of trades. Sean Marks would have been in charge of his development as Spurs assistant GM. Dangubic, like four of his stash colleagues, changed Euro teams last summer and is now with Estudiantes, a Euroleague team as well as an entry in the Spanish League. The Serbian had previously played with Bayern in Germany. He’s averaging 7.5 points but shooting only 41 percent from 2-point range and 20 percent from three. Hyperathletic, he’s averaging four rebounds a game.
Aaron White, 27, 6’9” PF - Olympia Milano.
Also acquired in the Carroll S&T which was a three-team deal also involving the Wizards. Washington drafted White in the second round of the 2015 Draft. The Ohio native and Iowa State product joined Milano last summer after playing well for Zalgiris in Lithuania. There were rumors before the Nets trade that he’d join the Wizards training camp, but he opted for Milano instead. He’s now in tough spot, competing for minutes with ex-Net Luis Scola who proved in the FIBA World Cup that he’s got a lot left. White has played 44 minutes in four games, scoring just seven points.
Jaylen Hands, 20, 6’3” PG - Long Island Nets
Acquired in a Draft Day trade that sent the 27th pick in the 2019 Draft to the Clippers for the 56th pick in the second round and the 76ers lottery-protected first rounder in 2020. Hands is essentially a domestic stash. The Nets signed him to G League Draft Rights contract. That means the Nets will hold on to his draft rights but he won’t count on the roster or salary cap. Essentially, Hands represents a new development model. He’ll play his first game with Long Island next weekend.