The Nets, with their nonstop stream of roster-shaking transactions and injury-related absences this season, have grown accustomed to a sort of revolving door as it relates to their daily lineups.
After LaMarcus Aldridge’s abrupt retirement announcement earlier this week, Brooklyn must adjust again.
The good news for the Nets? Even in the wake of Aldridge’s departure, Brooklyn has options at center with DeAndre Jordan, Nic Claxton and perhaps even Blake Griffin in a small-ball lineup.
With that in mind, “Brooklyn will probably want to use the roster spot created by Aldridge’s retirement on a ball handler,” ESPN’s Kevin Pelton wrote in a story that published Thursday. “The Nets lost point guard Chris Chiozza to a metacarpal fracture in his right hand during Tuesday’s win over the Minnesota Timberwolves. With James Harden (hamstring strain), Kyrie Irving (personal reasons) and Tyler Johnson (knee soreness) also unavailable for that game, Brooklyn was forced to play point guard by committee.
“Irving returned to the lineup Wednesday, but the Nets could still use another reliable ball handler until Harden and Johnson rejoin him on the court.”
Which guard might the Nets look to pluck off the wire to pad their depth as the postseason approaches in about a month?
Isaiah Thomas — IT signed with the Pelicans on a 10-day contract earlier this month, but New Orleans opted not to re-sign him. The 5-foot-9 guard, who had been away for 14 months before signing with the Pelicans, played in three games for them, averaging 7.7 points. He’s averaged 18.1 over 528 games in his NBA career. Several teams are reportedly interested in Thomas’ services, though Evan Massey of Hoops Analysis didn’t include the Nets in his recent report.
Jamal Crawford — In a recent interview with Nets Daily, Crawford said he’s staying ready for his next opportunity. Now 41, Crawford, a three-time Sixth Man of the Year award winner, last played in the NBA eight months ago… as a member of the Nets. His stint with Brooklyn didn’t last long, though; he played in only one game as a hamstring injury prevented him from having an impact for the Nets in the bubble. Crawford has played for nine different teams over this 20-year career, but still doesn’t have an NBA championship under his belt. Joining these Nets would give him perhaps one last opportunity to chase one.