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Does Nets reported interest in Rayjon Tucker signal they’re ready to make a roster move?

Wisconsin Herd v Salt Lake City Stars Photo by David Becker/NBAE via Getty Images

The Jazz made a couple of roster moves Monday neither of which involved the Nets, but may signal that Sean Marks’ team, beset by injuries, is ready to make a move of its own.

First, the Jazz waived 33-year-old forward Jeff Green, then signed 22-year-old shooting guard Rayjon Tucker off the Bucks G League affiliate roster. Tucker, perhaps the top prospect in the G League this season, was averaging 23.8 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game for the Wisconsin Herd. Tucker’s performance in the just completed G League Showcase, attended by GM’s from around the league, won over the Jazz brass.

In his tweets about the move Monday, Adrian Wojnarowski reported that “several other teams [were] in hot pursuit” of Tucker, who had been undrafted out of Arkansas-Little Rock.

Then later Monday, SNY’s Ian Begley tweeted that among those teams in “hot pursuit” were the Nets.

Later, Begley updated that tweet with another...

So the Nets didn’t get Tucker who can play a bit of both guard spots, but Begley’s tweets indicate the Nets are indeed looking to make moves as they try to weather the injury storm ... and that includes opening a roster spot or using the hardship exception. Moreover, it suggests that the Nets are looking beyond Iman Shumpert and possibly to a young prospect for help.

Waiving a player would seem to make more sense than using the hardship exception, which is a complicated affair, to sign a prospect.

Specifically, the hardship provision allows a team to apply for a 16th roster spot if it has at least four players who have missed three or more consecutive games and those players will remain sidelined for two weeks beyond the date of the application.

The Nets are currently down five players. Kevin Durant and David Nwaba are expected to miss the rest of the season. That would mean Brooklyn would have to certify that two of their remaining three injured players — Caris LeVert (thumb), Kyrie Irving (shoulder) and Nic Claxton (hamstring) — won’t be playing for another two weeks. After LeVert joined the Nets contact drills Monday, it would appear he’ll be back sooner than that.

Moreover, the hardship exception is temporary and would expire when one of the two injured players returned, which in this case could be a matter of days. That wouldn’t be very appealing to a young player and wouldn’t make much sense for the Nets either.