Nets’ Updated Rotation, Salary Cap After Goran Dragic Reportedly Signs Contract

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Two words: Relationships matter.

The Brooklyn Nets parlayed coach Steve Nash’s longtime friendship with Goran Dragic into signing the former point guard Monday, per Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium.

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No monetary phrases of the deal were made available, though or no longer it is probably going he shall be playing for the former’s minimum. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported the contract shall be for the leisure of the season. He reached a buyout with the Spurs closing week after being traded to San Antonio on the slash help-off date. 

The 35-300 and sixty five days-broken-down performed simplest five video games for the Raptors before the trade, spending many of the season a ways from the crew for deepest causes. Dragic will join a guard rotation that already contains Kyrie Irving, Patty Mills and Seth Curry, alongside with a multipositional Ben Simmons. 

Nets’ Up as a lot as now Rotation

PG: Kyrie Irving*

SG: Seth Curry

SF: Kevin Durant

PF: Ben Simmons

C: Andre Drummond

Bench: Patty Mills, Goran Dragic, LaMarcus Aldridge, Bruce Brown, Kessler Edwards (two-approach), Blake Griffin, David Duke Jr. (two-approach), Cam Thomas, Day’Ron Sharpe, James Johnson, Nic Claxton, Joe Harris

(*Irving is at the moment simplest eligible for most boulevard video games attributable to his refusal to undergo COVID-19 vaccination.)

Durant is at the moment injured. No timetable has been plot for his return.)

Simmons has no longer performed this season, citing mental effectively being considerations. His timetable for a return is unclear.)

Harris is at the moment injured. It be likely, if now potentially no longer, he misses the leisure of the season.)

The Nets waived Jevon Carter in a corresponding transfer to test Dragic on their roster. He is due $3.9 million guaranteed subsequent season, that can magnify the Nets’ already-burdensome tax invoice.  

The importance of Dragic’s role will likely depend heavily on whether or no longer Fresh York Metropolis loosens its vaccination mandates. Mayor Eric Adams admitted the rule, which enables unvaccinated out-of-metropolis athletes to play in video games however bans unvaccinated athletes from teams that play in the metropolis, is “unfair” however expressed hesitance in making any adjustments. The rule changed into implemented by Adams’ predecessor, Bill de Blasio.

Irving has steadfastly refused vaccination and maintains nothing will exchange his mind. It be likely, if now potentially no longer, that Irving must accelerate over playoff video games attributable to his vaccination space.

Dragic seems to be to be prone to enter the starting lineup in Irving’s impart for dwelling video games involving forward. 

That stated, the Nets’ rotation is in a entire impart of flux till they can glean every person on the court docket together. Irving is missing half of the crew’s video games attributable to his vaccination space, Durant remains out with a knee injury, and Simmons is yet to plot a date for making his crew debut after being traded by the Philadelphia 76ers on the slash help-off date.

Nash will of course be making these choices on the cruise, finding rotations that match in hopes of cobbling together a deep playoff bustle. The Nets went into the All-Superstar spoil losers of 12 of their closing 14 video games.

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