After waiving Deron Williams and trading Steve Blake, the Brooklyn Nets who once had too many point guards, now do not have enough. Currently on the roster, Jarrett Jack is slated as the starter with Shane Larkin backing him up. Ryan Boatright, who had an impressive summer league, is currently guaranteed $75k, but it is unclear whether he will make the Nets regular season roster.
Whether it be Boatright, a free agent or a trade, there are options out there for the Nets as they aim to sign a reserve point guard.
The most likely candidate for the Nets’ third point guard, Boatright went undrafted out of UConn where he excelled. In the Las Vegas Summer League Boatright averaged 14.3 points per game while shooting 46% from the field, 48% from behind the arc and 84% from the free throw line.
Boatright can flat out shoot and could provide the Nets with some scoring and floor spacing off the bench. While he is undersized at 5’11, Boatright is an athlete and should be able to hang with most point guards. On offense, Boatright will not be a strong finisher inside, but will be effective from midrange and the three point line.
During his first three seasons at UConn, Boatright split the backcourt with current Miami Heat point guard Shabazz Napier in a dual point guard set. After Napier left UConn for the NBA, Boatright became a leader on the team and is regarded as a high-character guy. If Boatright the Nets get an offensive spark plug off the bench who will not cause any distractions off the court.
A pretty unlikely scenario yes, but Mario Chalmers could be a solid acquisition for the Nets if they can make the salaries work. After acquiring Goran Dragic at the trade deadline and the continued development of the aforementioned Napier, there is no room for Chalmers, who acted as the starting point guard for the Miami Heat’s championship runs with LeBron James.
Chalmers is coming off one of the worst seasons in a while, he couldn’t find his shooting stroke, only hitting 29% from deep after nailing over 38% of his three pointers the three seasons before. On the defensive end, Chalmers is solid as well.
In a trade, Chalmers would only constitute a second round pick, but the main issue is the $4.3 million he is due this season. That is simply too much for a third string guard, which is why it unlikely a deal would be made
Amid a backcourt logjam, the Boston Celtics were forced to waive Phil Pressey, a move GM Danny Ainge reportedly struggled to make. Pressey’s playing time has fluctuated during his two seasons in Boston, from starters minutes to no minutes at all.
During April in the 2013-14 season, Pressey started to receive bigger minutes, and produced during that period. In that month, Pressey averaged 5.8 points, 7.3 assists, 2.5 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game. The key number to look at there is the assists. Pressey has fantastic vision for a two-year NBA veteran and is only 24-years-old.
While his shooting is not the greatest, Pressey brings something to the table that Jack and Larkin don’t: a pass-first mentality. His current career-high for assists sits at 13, which he has totaled on two different occasions.
Pressey is not appearing to be sought after by many NBA teams, and he could be the type of low-risk, high reward player that could reward the Nets on the court. The Missouri alum would not demand anything over the minimum and could provide the Nets with some distribution off the bench.