Nets Showing Interest in Key Knicks Free Agent [Report]

NBA players are not the only ones who are free agents this summer. NBA teams are also free to look for new talent to add to their roster. Many have already done so. In this article, we are going to examine how the New York Knicks are doing when it comes to signing free agents, a topic that has been discussed for months.

The New York Knicks have a group of free agents this summer that includes young shooting guard Tim Hardaway Jr. and veteran center Joakim Noah. The Knicks have interest in both players but have yet to make a formal pitch to either. The question, of course, is where these two players will be playing next season.


Brooklyn’s Jeff Green dunks against Knicks big men Nerlens Noel, left, and Julius Randle during their game at Barclays Center on the 15th. March 2021 in New York.

The Nets, with a Big Three that can rival the talent of any trio ever assembled in an NBA lineup, are close. That showed last season, when they played regular championship-caliber basketball but were unexpectedly eliminated in the second round of the playoffs.

Still, it’s clear that Brooklyn needs more than Kevin Durant, James Harden and Kyrie Irving to have any hope of a title next season. Depth will be crucial, which was evident last season when Brooklyn’s Big Three and other players were plagued by injuries.

With that in mind, general manager Sean Marks will have to put his best foot forward this season, as he has little room for salary increases. An out-of-town free agent is starting to take center stage in the rumors surrounding the league – and the Nets seem to be at the center of the discussion.

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Nets reportedly interested in Nerlens Noel

The Nets are expected to show interest in free agent Nerlens Noel, SNY’s Ian Begley reported Wednesday. Noel, a 6-foot-11 center, played for the Knicks last season and averaged 5.1 points (on 61.4 percent shooting), 6.4 rebounds, 1.1 steals and 2.2 blocks in 64 games. It is this defensive metric that has intrigued teams like the Nets.

NBA reporter Mike Mazzeo later confirmed Begley’s report, noting that Brooklyn has a mid-level exception of $5.9 million this season and that Noel could get more of that after a good year at MSG. Begley also talked about the financial hurdles facing the Nets, writing: The Nets should also have Noel in their sights, depending on how the offseason goes and how much money they have.

The Mavs are among the teams that will show interest in free agent C Nerlens Noel, sources in the league said. It is expected that the Nets will also consider Noel a candidate, depending on how the offseason goes and how much money they can get. According to @HoopAnalysisNet, TOR and CHA are also interested in Noel.

– Ian Begley (@IanBegley) July 14, 2021

As my friend @IanBegley reported earlier, the Nets are one of the teams interested in Knicks player Nerlens Noel. Brooklyn has $6 million. MLE, and Noel could get more than that amount after a good year in MSG.

– Mike Mazzeo (@MazzNYC) July 14, 2021

Begley also said the Dallas Mavericks, Toronto Raptors and Charlotte Hornets are expected to show interest in Noel, a Kentucky native who was selected sixth overall in 2013.

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Nets have busy offseason

With so much talent on the outskirts, the Nets’ biggest need is definitely the interior. Strengthening the line will be very important, and Noel is the type of defender who would fit in perfectly in Brooklyn.

Still, it’s only one piece of the puzzle for the Nets this season. Then there’s the matter of Spencer Dinwiddie, who has said he wants out of his contract even though he’d like to stay in Brooklyn. There is a future for free agents like Blake Griffin, Jeff Green and Bruce Brown.

There’s a… a lot.

Change is inevitable, Marks said in June, according to SNY. It’s complicated in professional sports. They like continuity in everything and such, but there has to be change. They don’t all have to be caused by the choices we make. Our players have to make those decisions too. We have several players that have options in their contracts, are free agents, etc.

We’re going to come together as a collective group, and the opportunity for them and for us is to put together the best possible Brooklyn Nets team for training camp next season.

READ MORE: The Nets decided not to trade Spencer Dinwiddie, and he responded in hilarious fashion [LOOK].

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