With former backup center Mason Plumlee now in Portland, the Brooklyn Nets are in need of a replacement. Assuming Brook Lopez re-signs, and they don’t need to look for two centers, finding a serviceable backup shouldn’t be a great challenge.
One unrestricted free agent this year is 26-year-old former Memphis Grizzlies center Kosta Koufos. Koufos is a seven-year veteran out of Ohio State. He’s played for the Jazz, Timberwolves, Nuggets, and Grizzlies. In his career, he’s averaged 5.4 points and 4.7 rebounds per game.
Koufos played 16.6 minutes per game in Memphis last season, coming off the bench for Dave Joerger’s squad. He’s considered to be one of the best backup centers on the market this offseason, and with many teams looking to bolster their frontcourt depth, it will be difficult for the Nets to make a competitive offer. Koufos’s defensive presence in the paint makes him so valuable, especially for a team like Memphis. When former Defensive Player of the Year Marc Gasol would come off the floor, the Grizzlies’ D didn’t falter with Koufos playing reliable minutes.
As much as the Nets need a backup center, Koufos is most likely out of their price range. As mentioned before, many teams will be interested in the young bigman. He may very well demand a salary of $6+ million a year for his services. However he would be a great pickup for the Nets if it is financially viable.