Getty On May 16, Jeff Green defends Cleveland Cavaliers’ Dean Wade as he drives to the hoop at Barclays Center.
The departure of veteran forward Jeff Green, who played a major role on last year’s squad, was one of the several changes Sean Marks and the Brooklyn Nets made this summer.
Malika Andrews of ESPN was the first to report about his departure from the Borough:
According to his agent, Jason Glushon of @GlushonSM, free agency forward/center Jeff Green has signed to a two-year, $10 million contract with the Denver Nuggets. In the second year, the contract contains a player option.
August 2, 2021 — Malika Andrews (@malika andrews)
Last season, Green, a longtime buddy and teammate of Kevin Durant’s, averaged 11 points and hit 41% on three-pointers with Brooklyn.
The Nets didn’t recruit a replacement, but they did re-sign Blake Griffin and swiss army knife forward Bruce Brown to team-friendly terms.
Regardless, the departure of Jeff Green is expected to harm the Brooklyn Nets in the long term next season.
That much is clear after the trade was named the “Worst Move of the Offseason” in ESPN’s most recent poll of league executives and scouts.
Brooklyn’s refusal to join the Green New Deal is a divisive decision.
Every year, after the NBA’s summer excitement and player movement have slowed to a halt, ESPN conducts a poll of a large number of individuals throughout the league.
They question executives and scouts about anything from huge splash deals to season forecasts.
On Thursday, NBA Insider Tim Bontemps published the most recent of these polls, and the Brooklyn Nets are mentioned many times.
However, one place where the squad is referenced is not in terms of praise, but rather in terms of criticism of the current championship favorites for 2021-2022.
When asked which move this summer was the worst, the Nets’ decision not to retain Jeff Green tied with the San Antonio Spurs’ acquisition of Doug McDermott.
The 34-year-old was a key player in Brooklyn’s journey to the Eastern Conference Semifinals, as previously stated.
Green only scored 8.2 points per game in six games, but he was their most consistent three-point shooter, hitting 56 percent of his three-point attempts.
Will his absence come back to haunt them? That much is still up in the air.
In the meanwhile, the news out of the Borough this summer isn’t all negative.
Patty Mills’ signing was named one of the “Best Moves” of the year.
Despite being listed in the vote for the offseason’s “Worst Move,” the Brooklyn Nets were also recognized in the voting for the “Best Move.”
Sean Marks’ acquisition of veteran San Antonio Spurs guard Patty Mills received one vote in ESPN’s polling across the league for the aforementioned accolades.
Last season, the 33-year-old averaged 10.8 points, 2.4 assists, and 1.7 rebounds per game in his 12th NBA season.
Mills and the Nets came to agreement on a two-year contract for up to $12 million earlier this month.
The veteran guard has participated in 90 postseason games throughout his career, in addition to winning a title with the Spurs in 2014.
Given their obvious aspirations of pursuing a championship in 2022, that type of experience is a necessity for this Nets squad.
Mills will also assist in the replacement of Spencer Dinwiddie, who left the club through a sign-and-trade to the Wizards after five seasons in Brooklyn.
In February and early March, expect the Nets to be one of, if not the most, appealing locations for buyout candidates.
They’ll be able to recover from the loss of Jeff Green and continue strengthening the team with veterans who have become free agents ahead of the playoffs.
There are 60 days before the start of the 2021-2022 season. Fans of the Brooklyn Nets, fasten your seatbelts.
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