The NBA Playoffs didn’t end like the Brooklyn Nets wanted or expected them to this year. Despite high expectations and a ton of talent at the top of their roster, the Nets fell to a depleted Chicago Bulls team in the first round. Instead of being a potential dark-horse to make the Eastern Conference Finals like fans had hoped, they are now watching from home.
With what they will likely view as a premature departure from the postseason, the Nets are likely going to be trying to bolster up their roster this summer as they head into next season. However, the Nets are already far over the salary cap and can only offer the league minimum to free agents, save one $3.183 million mid-level exception. Given that, they are likely going to have to be creative.
One of the best moves they could make to help improve their roster would be to sing Croatian forward Bojan Bogdanovic. At 24 years old, Bogdanovic has yet to play in the United States, but has been playing for Fenerbahce Ulker, a Turkish team, for this season and has shown tremendous promise. In 21 games this season he has averaged 15.5 points and 2.1 rebounds per game and is shooting 40.5 percent from long range.
Though it’s unlikely that he will have a tremendous impact as soon as he arrives, he could provide Brooklyn with an outside shooting threat off the bench and versatility at forward, something they seriously lacked last season. They would probably have to use that mid-level exception on him, but if he can shoot well from three and allow them to throw out different looks, he would be worth that money.