Brooklyn Nets considering future of Blake Griffin, Jeff Green

The Nets have a bunch of free brokers to attempt to retain (or substitute) this summer time, together with a pair of small-ball bigs in Blake Griffin and Jeff Green. There’s nonetheless nearly per week to go earlier than free company ideas off, however a minimum of for the second it’s wanting increasingly like they’ve respectable odds of holding onto a minimum of one.

The Nets teaching workers and entrance workplace had been happy with the veterans however could possibly be hard-pressed to maintain each. The Post had reported that Griffin was happy in Brooklyn, and that there’s sentiment across the league that Green has earned a elevate from his present veteran’s minimal. Now ESPN has steered Griffin needs to stay round subsequent yr, however linked Green as a potential slot in Milwaukee.

Griffin arrived midseason after being purchased out by Detroit. He remade his recreation and relished doing the soiled work the star-studded Nets wanted. Griffin began all 12 of their playoff video games, averaging 9 factors and 5.9 rebounds in 26.5 minutes.

The Nets front office must decide whether Jeff Green and Blake Griffin will be part of the team's future.
The Nets entrance workplace should resolve whether or not Jeff Green and Blake Griffin will likely be half of the crew’s future.
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“I’m still happy with my decision,” Griffin mentioned after their second-round loss to Milwaukee. “I’m just proud of these guys and how hard they fought.”

Griffin has been happy with the work the Nets’ efficiency crew has performed serving to him handle his knees. And so far as re-signing, it needs to be famous that he’s nonetheless set to make $29.8 million from the Pistons subsequent season.

That places the Nets in prime place to get him on a team-friendly deal. Green is in a completely completely different circumstance, the quintessential journeyman in each sense of the phrase.

Green hasn’t performed full back-to-back seasons with the identical crew since Boston from 2012-14. He’s additionally been on 5 straight veteran’s minimal offers — really arriving in Houston final season on a 10-day contract, earlier than being upgraded to a minimal — regardless of clearly outperforming that pay scale. And he’s conscious of it.

Jeff Green has been on five straight league minimum deals, and Blake Griffin's contract is still being paid by his former team.
With Jeff Green on a league-minimum deal, and Blake Griffin nonetheless being paid by his former crew, the Nets had been capable of acquire each on team-friendly offers.
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“It confuses me, but it isn’t frustrating,” Green advised the New York Times. “You know, this stuff, that’s out of my control. I go out and just do the work. And I let my agent handle the logistics of the contract terms, but it is confusing to the point of, ‘What else do I need to do to prove that I’m not a minimum guy?’ ”

He might have performed that this season, averaging 11 factors, 3.9 rebounds and capturing a career-high 41.2 % from deep. Green not solely supplied a stretch-five possibility, however let the Nets change 1-through-5 on protection.

But with the Bucks unlikely to have the ability to afford to maintain their very own free-agent huge Bobby Portis, ESPN steered Green could possibly be lined up as a alternative.

“When the time comes we’ll have that conversation,” Green mentioned.

“Everybody knows how much I loved it here. I love the people here, the fans, amazing. The personnel on this team, coaches, trainers, everybody knows how much I love them individually and my time here.”

The Nets can lengthen huge Nic Claxton (who’ll play subsequent month’s Las Vegas Summer League), and now have DeAndre Jordan on the books for 2 extra years. Reports have said that they’re anticipated to commerce their first-round choose for a veteran, however a number of sources advised The Post they’re extra more likely to really make the No. 27 choice and transfer one (or extra) of their three second-rounders.

If Brooklyn does certainly maintain onto its prime choose, it takes away the most certainly avenue to commerce Jordan. They might nonetheless purchase him out, simply because the Pistons did Griffin. Jordan didn’t seem within the remaining 16 video games of the season, together with the playoffs.

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