The Nets don’t have a pick in the June 26 NBA Draft, but GM Billy King said the team is looking into acquiring one and may not know until draft day itself.
“You really don’t know if you’re going to get a pick until draft day itself,” King said Wednesday after a free-agent mini-camp in which the Nets hosted 31 players, including former St. John’s forwards D.J. Kennedy and Sean Evans, former Syracuse forward Donte Greene and former Iona point guard Scott Machado.
They can acquire a pick by making a trade or can spend approximately $1.8 million to buy one.
“You are always trying to get a pick,” King said Wednesday. “If there is a player you want, you are always working the phone see if you can get something. If we don’t, I am not going to be disappointed. Because we are not just going to spend the money just because we have it. We are going to spend the money if we are going to target certain guys or needs and if we can get a player that we think can help us, we will do it, if not, then we will pass.”
The upcoming draft is considered to be especially loaded at the top, but King said you can always find value in the second round.
“There may be some guys in the second round that will have an impact,” King said. “I think there’s just more players that makes this draft a little deeper. How they are impacting teams that are drafting high or low will be determined later.”
Brian ErniThe way the Nets have done their due diligence, and based on some of the prospects they’ve been interviewing, it looks like King believes he can acquire a pick somewhere in the late first/early second. Brooklyn does have some chips — Marcus Thornton’s expiring contract, the rights to Bojan Bogdanovic, to name a few — so that’s a realistic possibility. I’d assume Brooklyn would be in the market for a guard, considering the make up of their roster right now, and their targets seem to indicate that. I’d love for King to be able to lock up a pick soon, especially considering the depth in this draft, so be sure to keep an eye on that situation as it develops.