Spencer Dinwiddie is just the first big domino to fall. The Brooklyn Nets have eight players set to test free agency in Blake Griffin, Jeff Green, Bruce Brown, Mike James, Tyler Johnson, Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot, Chris Chiozza and Reggie Perry, plus a big decision on Alize Johnson’s non-guaranteed deal. With just veteran minimum contracts and the tax-paying mid-level exception in hand, the Nets' options are certainly limited.
In episode 2 of this three-part video series previewing the Brooklyn Nets free agency, I briefly overviewed each player’s tenure in Brooklyn, provided a view at the landscape of their free agency outlook, before making predictions on whether I think each player will or won’t be back.
1:46 Blake Griffin - Because of his buyout with Detroit, Blake Griffin is in a unique situation contractually speaking when signing the dotted line on his next deal. Griffin brought a lot to Brooklyn — heeps of playmaking on dribble-handoffs and in the short roll, he shot the rock consistently even throughout the playoffs, and he exceeded expectations as Brooklyn’s resident “Giannis stopper.” He’ll make nearly $30 million from his Pistons buyout.
2:38 Jeff Green - Jeff Green’s situation is a little more unclear. Does he want the bag? Is he looking to stay in Brooklyn? One thing is for certain, Green’s impact this year as a Net was profound as a consistent pick-and-roll threat and versatile defender. He turns 35 next month so competition will likely to be teams that believe they can contend.
3:50 Bruce Brown - Brown made waves as Brooklyn’s resident (super-) small-ball center. In his exit interviews, he made it very clear he wanted to stay a Net. The question is, as a restricted free agent, will he get an offer he can’t pass up ... but the Nets can?
5:37 Mike James - Originally signed as an injury replacement for James Harden, Mike James showcased craft and supplementary ball-handling, even throughout the playoffs. Nets went out of their way to sign him after he was dumped by CSKA Moscow. Is that a factor?
6:05 Tyler Johnson - Johnson joined the Nets’ 2020 “bubble” crew as an extra ball-handler. He quickly adjusted his game to become an integral 3-and-D piece to suit the championship needs of the 2020-2021 Nets team. Will the Nets look for his replacement? Or did Sean Marks like what he saw from TJ?
6:50 Alize Johnson - While Johnson is technically signed through next season, his deal is non-guaranteed. As a junkyard dog-type player that can scrap for boards, Johnson has a lot of promise provided he can grow his game as a self creator. He’s headed for the Summer League, which begins August 8 in Las Vegas.
7:25 Reggie Perry - Brooklyn’s 2020 second-round pick had flashes of five-out spacing and role-playing scrap. Seasoning in Summer League could do wonders for him.
7:50 Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot - After his enticing “bubble” tenure, TLC had himself a tough 2020-2021 season. His three-pointer regressed from nearly 39% to just 31.4% and he quickly fell out of Steve Nash’s rotation. You’ll get a chance to see him vs. Kevin Durant Monday morning at 8 a.m. when Les Bleus face off against Team USA.
7:59 Chris Chiozza - Chiozza was a blissfully fun player to watch just before the 2019-2020 season shut down due to COVID-19. Unfortunately, the reality of his limitations set in during the 2020-2021 NBA season as he spent most of the year on the bench. He recently denied rumors that he was finalizing a deal in Italy, tweeting, “I am 100% focused on staying in the NBA so any rumors about me going overseas are false.”