After two straight seasons at the bottom of the league, there doesn’t appear to be an end in sight to the Brooklyn Nets‘ problems. The Nets lack not only talent but draft picks, as their first-round pick will go to Boston again next year.
We saw them attempt to begin to remedy this problem a few days back by trading for D’Angelo Russell, who was the No. 2 pick just two years ago. And last summer they made big offer sheets to Tyler Johnson and Allen Crabbe, in an attempt to acquire whatever young talent then can.
It doesn’t appear, however, that K.J. McDaniels will be part of that plan moving forward, as Shams Charania is reporting that the Nets will not pick up the final year of his contract, making him an unrestricted free agent this summer.
This is a bit surprising, as McDaniels was in the final year of a rather cheap deal that would have paid him just about $3.5M. Plus, the 24-year-old swingman was .
In just 20 games with Brooklyn he showed some decent stuff off the bench, averaging about 6 points and 3 rebounds in 15 minutes per game. While he’s never developed a consistent outside shot, which is becoming a necessity in this era, he’s an impressive athlete and has plenty of potential on the defensive end.
For a team in Brooklyn’s position, it seems strange to give up on a player with McDaniels’ potential after just 20 games, especially when you’re lacking for talent the way they are.