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Net loses Bruce Brown and Andre Drummond as free agents

Attention is focused on where Nets sendsKevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, but the team is already with starter Andre Drummond. I'm losing Bruce Brown for free. agency.

Drummond signed a two-year $ 6.6 million deal with the Chicago Bulls late Thursday night, with player options in the second year. However, when Durant demanded trade and Nets entered reconstruction mode, the departure of the veteran center was virtually obedient. Brown's departure was further stabbed early Friday morning.

Brown has agreed to a two-year, $ 13 million deal with Denver. According to ESPN, the second year is a player option. It's like a bargain for the Nuggets, a shot to land on Brown's candidate.

Denver seems to have given Brown an intermediate level exception for taxpayers. Nets could have simply matched Denver's offer with an intermediate-level exception for their own taxpayers, but chose to keep it.

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Instead, they are one of two 2023 I chose to trade one first-rounded the draft topic and used the largest of the trade exception cash to preemptively replace Brown and deal with Royce O'Neal in the jazz 3D wing. At least O'Neill tries to replace Brown.

After the 2020-21 breakout campaign, Brown was expected to win about $ 8 to $ 10 million in the free agent market. He settled down in about half of that and returned to Brooklyn for a $ 4.7 million qualifying offer. He averaged 9.0 points and shot 40.4 percent from the 3 point range. Both are the best careers.

Andre Drummond
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Record of 72 games for the Nets team with a decimated backcourt — Irving urged James Harden, the game that missed 53, to demand trade — Brown turned out to be a Swiss Army knife. Brown's football mindset and wingspan of 6'9 allowed us to start with a small forward, despite its compact size of 6'4. He was a smaller roller in the pick and roll, averaging 14.7 points, 5.9 boards and 47.2 percent depth after the all-star break. O'Neill is considered a solid defender and he plays a similar role.

Meanwhile, all potential MLE targets such as Otto Porter Jr., Nico Batum, JaVale McGee, and Isaiah Hartenstein are off board and no longer make sense to the Nets team in the pain of reconstruction. It would have been. .. Sean Marks, Nets General Manager, will hold the MLE to see if it can be used in later transactions and will reroute players when changing tools in response to Durrants transaction requests. I may ask you.

The Nets Summer League roster is out, with five newcomers from 2021-22, led by newcomers Camelon Thomas, Kessler Edwards, David Duke Jr., Day'Ron Sharpe, and Alondes Williams. Includes all undrafted free agents. Rai Quan Gray, shot in the second round of last year, will go to Las Vegas, but Marcus Zegaroski isn't.