While the Brooklyn Nets go through their interesting offseason this summer, they have important decisions to make regarding free-agency. According to a recent article by Bleacher Report, an “ambitious” free-agent target for the Nets to go after if possible is Philadelphia 76ers forward Georges Niang.
Brooklyn’s most pressing decision with regards to free-agency is how much do they want to pay restricted free-agent Cam Johnson to stay in Brooklyn. Other than that, the Nets will have to figure out who else to keep or bring in through free-agency given that the team has five free-agents including: Johnson, Seth Curry, Yuta Watanabe, David Duke Jr., and Dru Smith.
Niang, 29, brings shooting to the table as his main skill for any NBA team. In 2022-23, Niang shot 40.1% from three-point land on 4.9 attempts per game for his fourth-best season shooting the three-ball. While Niang’s defense leaves a lot to be desired, he would be used as a reserve so his defensive flaws won’t likely impact the Nets enough to be a major detriment.
Here’s more of what B/R thinks of Brooklyn going after Niang in free-agency:
“With the $5 million taxpayer MLE likely to be their top spending tool, it won’t be easy for the Nets to address their scoring needs.
Georges Niang might be as good as it gets.
Perhaps a reserve heading into his age-30 season seems underwhelming, but Niang is a career 40.3 percent shooter from deep. He’s also durable, having logged at least 66 games in each of the last four years. Comfortable in the Utah Jazz’s motion-based “advantage” offense under Quin Snyder and the Philadelphia 76ers’ pick-and-roll heavy sets, Niang is a plug-and-play spacer who would improve the Nets’ 20th-ranked three-point accuracy after the All-Star break.”
Mock trade has Nets trading Dorian Finney-Smith for John Collins
Mock trade has Nets trading Cam Johnson for fourth overall pick
Nets projected to take Brice Sensabaugh with 21st overall pick
Source: Yahoo Sports