There is no question that the Brooklyn Nets will be looking to win the championship next season, and with the trio of Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, and James Harden all on the roster, they should have a very good chance to do so.
While star power is generally a great way to increase your chances of winning a championship, a crucial part of achieving that goal is to have good depth options. Even the smallest contributions can help. With that in mind, here are 5 players that could potentially join the Brooklyn Nets and help round out the end of their bench.
5. Avery Bradley
Avery Bradley made a name for himself as a solid 3 and D guard. He would be perfect for a team that needs a defensive stopper on the perimeter. While he didn't necessarily have the best season shooting the ball, during the 2019-20 season Avery Bradley shot 36.4% from beyond the arc.
There is no doubt that Avery Bradley could potentially be a contributor on the Brooklyn Nets if he returns to form. He would be a great option in limited minutes and is currently a free agent.
4. Goran Dragic
Goran Dragic was part of the sign and trade sending Kyle Lowry to the Miami Heat, sending him to the Toronto Raptors. It is possible that he'll get bought out by the Raptors, allowing him to go to another destination. The Brooklyn Nets are certainly one of the more appealing teams to join as a veteran on the minimum.
He has been in a bench role for the Miami Heat for the last few years, and there's little doubt that Goran Dragic can still be a good player even without being a starter. He is a capable ballhandler and shooter and can provide a scoring punch off the bench. Dragic would be a solid fit with the Nets bench, which lacks a scoring guard.
3. JJ Redick
JJ Redick is a fantastic 3PT shooter, and there can never be enough good shooters on a roster. Over the course of the 2020-21 season, Redick shot 37.1% from beyond the arc, and there's no question that he will be respected by defenses from the perimeter.
Having a knockdown shooter next to three stars is generally a good proposition, as someone needs to be able to knock down the open shots that they generate. JJ Redick could definitely play that role for the Brooklyn Nets. Previous reports have suggested that JJ Redick would be open to joining a team in New York, and perhaps he will end up choosing the Nets.
2. John Wall
John Wall has a mixed season coming back from an Achilles injury. His base numbers are solid as he averaged 20.6 PPG and 6.9 APG. However, his efficiency was far from great (40.4/31.7/74.9 splits) and he also happened to dominate usage on one of the worst teams in the league this season, the Houston Rockets.
The Brooklyn Nets getting John Wall would mean he'd have to get his contract bought out by the Houston Rockets. Perhaps his efficiency and performance can improve while playing in a smaller role behind James Harden and Kyrie Irving, and maybe he'll be the next former All-Star to join the Brooklyn Nets.
1. Kevin Love
Kevin Love is a player that hasn't necessarily had the best season on the Cleveland Cavaliers, but perhaps going to a contender on the Brooklyn Nets could rejuvenate him. Kevin Love could be a great contributor to the team just based on his shooting prowess as a big man, and he knocked down 36.5% of his outside shots on 6.2 attempts.
While there is no doubt that Kevin Love's best days are behind him, he is still a great veteran who knows what it takes to win a championship. To move anywhere though, he'd have to get a buyout from the Cleveland Cavaliers. Though it has been reported that "no talks" have happened on that front between Love and the Cavaliers, perhaps it could happen in the future. If it does happen, then perhaps Kevin Love could join the Brooklyn Nets as a ring chasing veteran.