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Nets’ big roster questions surround three key players

While the Kyrie Irving melodrama had dominated a lot of the NBA dialogue — and all the speak surrounding the Nets — Brooklyn nonetheless has different roster questions to answer this free-agency interval moreover these regarding their enigmatic All-Star.

Half of the Nets’ roster may get turned over — with Nic Claxton, Patty Mills and Bruce Brown nonetheless very a lot up within the air.

Mills has till 5 p.m. Wednesday to determine whether or not to select up his $6.2 million participant choice for subsequent season. If he doesn’t, he’ll turn out to be an unrestricted free agent and will signal with any group, although he may nonetheless return to Brooklyn.

Best suited as a sixth man, Mills was thrust into logging career-highs in begins (48) and minutes (2,346) as a result of Irving’s absence for a lot of the season. He shot 41.9 p.c from 3-point vary and 85.4 from the free-throw line within the first half of the season earlier than getting run into the bottom after the All-Star break and managing simply 33.1 from deep and 63.6 from the stripe, clearly on fumes.

Nic Claxton and Bruce Brown
Nic Claxton and Bruce Brown
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Once Brooklyn will get readability on Mills, then the eye can flip to Claxton and Brown, with the Nets anticipated to attempt to retain each.

Brown had been anticipated to garner as a lot as $8 million-$10 million final offseason, earlier than having to accept the $4.7 million qualifying supply to return to Brooklyn. He had a strong second half of the season — averaging 14.7 factors, 5.9 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 47.2 p.c capturing from deep — and is due a increase. The Nets have his Bird Rights, so can go over the cap to retain considered one of their few perimeter defenders.

Claxton is doubtlessly a restricted free agent, so the Nets can match any supply for him. But regardless of the very fact they mentioned a deal for a first-round choose with Toronto on the commerce deadline, and the Houston Chronicle wrote they’re “unlikely to match a mid-level offer” — presumably the total $10 million mid-level exception (MLE) — sources have advised The Post the Nets worth the 23-year-old middle’s switchability and wish to maintain him.

On Tuesday morning, ESPN reported that league executives count on Claxton to return to Brooklyn, and that he and the Nets have “an understanding.” They have till Thursday to ink him to an extension for as much as 4 years, $55.6 million to maintain him from getting into restricted free company.

Patty Mills
Patty Mills
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Andre Drummond is an unrestricted free agent and has appeared in a number of offseason movies sporting Nets gear. They appear disinclined to carry again growing older facilities LaMarcus Aldridge and Blake Griffin, having shelved each down the stretch. That leaves final year’s first-round choose Day’Ron Sharpe and present undrafted rookie signee Brison Gresham as the one big males beneath contract.

One intriguing choice on the market may very well be backup Clippers middle Isaiah Hartenstein, who had mutual curiosity with Brooklyn final summer season till the Nets selected Paul Millsap. The latter has since been purchased out by the Nets.

Now with the Clippers set to signal John Wall (presumably for the $6.3 million MLE), re-signing beginning middle Ivica Zubac to a three-year, $33 million extension, in response to ESPN, and even linked in commerce talks for Knicks middle Nerlens Noel, it implies Hartenstein may should accept the minimal or nothing in any respect in L.A. He may very well be in play for Brooklyn’s taxpayer MLE, as may teammate Nic Batum or Golden State free agent Otto Porter Jr.

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