Brooklyn Nets 21/22: roster, new signings, cuts and trades
Fans of the Brooklyn Nets have seen their team wrapped up in uncertainty lately, with the vaccination status of star guard Kyrie Irving affecting their lineup.
Fans of the Brooklyn Nets have been anticipating the 2021-2022 NBA season after the team nearly took out eventual champions the Milwaukee Bucks in the playoffs, and have been strong favorites to win the championship.
The team already had a star-studded lineup which was beefed up in the offseason. The combination of seasoned veterans and young blood puts them in the perfect position to seriously vie for the NBA title.
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The Big Three is incomplete
But the Big Three which forms the cornerstone of the team is not likely to be complete, with the Nets announcing that Kyrie Irving will not play for the team unless he becomes fully available to play by following the vaccine mandate. The depth of their roster will be tested with the impending absence of Irving.
Returning veterans Blake Griffin, Joe Harris, Bruce Brown Jr. and Nicolas Claxton will be joined by LaMarcus Aldridge, DeAndre’ Bembry, James Johnson, Patty Mills, Paul Millsap, and Jevon Carter, forming a solid lineup both in offense and defense.
The team did a little pruning, with the following players waived or traded.
Devontae Cacok- Forward- waived
Jordan Bowden- Guard- waived
Brandon Rachal- Guard- waived
Josh Gray- Guard- waived
Bryce Brown- Guard- waived
Edmond Summer- Guard- waived
Jahlil Okfor- Center- waived
Alize Johnson- Forward- waived
Sekou Doumbouya- Forward- traded for DeAndre Jordan
Nikola Milutinov- Center- Traded part of five-team deal
Here is the full Nets roster for the season.
LaMarcus Aldridge- Forward (signed as a free agent)
DeAndre’ Bembry- G/F (signed as draft pick)
Bruce Brown- Guard (re-signed)
Jevon Carter- Guard (traded)
Nicolas Claxton- Center (re-signed)
David Duke Jr.- Guard (signed, undrafted)
Kevin Durant- Forward (re-signed)
Kessler Edwards- Forward (signed as draft pick)
Blake Griffin- Forward (re-signed)
James Harden- Guard (re-signed)
Joe Harris- G/F (re-signed)
Kyrie Irving- Guard (re-signed)
James Johnson- Forward (signed as free agent)
Patty Mills- Guard (signed as free agent)
Paul Millsap- Forward (signed as free agent)
Day’Ron Sharpe- Center (signed as draft pick)
Cameron Thomas- Guard (signed as draft pick)
The first stop on the Nets’ journey to the NBA championship begins with a trip to Milwaukee for a rematch against the Bucks on Tuesday, Oct. 19, at 7:30 p.m. ET at the Fiserv Forum.