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With LaMarcus Aldridge signing, Nets acquire extra veteran depth up entrance

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So, is the Nets’ 2021 NBA title a wrap now that LaMarcus Aldridge can be coming off their bench the following few months? After all not, and NBA Twitter is able to let you know that whereas it complains about Brooklyn including one other star to an already deep roster.

Aldridge’s agent, Jeff Schwartz, advised ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski on Saturday that the massive man will signal with the group now that he has been purchased out by the Spurs. He’s the second bought-out vet to go to the Nets in current weeks; Blake Griffin was the primary.

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Griffin is a backup energy ahead with Brooklyn, which is why Wojnarowski speculated the 6-11 Aldridge will most definitely be a backup middle with the Nets.

Wherever Aldridge performs, Brooklyn’s second-unit frontcourt choices can be him, Griffin, Jeff Inexperienced, Timothe Luwau-Cabarrot, Nicolas Claxton and Alize Johnson, who scored 23 factors in his Brooklyn debut. They will complement Kevin Durant (as soon as he returns from a hamstring harm), DeAndre Jordan and Joe Harris.

That is the proverbial “good downside” of getting a number of choices. Discovering minutes for the present crop hasn’t been tough this season as a result of Durant has performed in simply 19 of the Nets’ 46 video games and is out in the mean time with a hamstring harm.

Participant GP GS MPG PPG RPG
Inexperienced 42 22 26.9 9.6 3.8
Luwawu-Cabarrot 39 7 19.5 7.1 2.5
Claxton 21 14 19.2 8.9 4.4
*Griffin 3 0 18.3 9.0 3.3

*Totals with Nets.

Aldridge averaged 13.7 factors and 4.5 rebounds in 21 video games (18 begins) for San Antonio.

The reserves’ alternatives will not dry up for some time as a result of Durant is at the least two weeks away from returning. However Aldridge will change the distribution as soon as he is prepared. His final recreation look was March 1 — the Spurs benched him quickly after — and he missed time earlier within the season with a hip harm.

Nets coach Steve Nash can use the rest of the common season to play Aldridge, Inexperienced and Griffin collectively. There’s a number of age in that group (Inexperienced is 34 and Griffin is 32), but additionally a number of capacity. And if they do not work out, then Nash can roll with youthful backups who’ve performed a number of minutes.

Once more, a extremely good downside to have.



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