By Todd Singer @breakingbadfish on June 23, 2014
While the Brooklyn Nets don't currently have any picks in the 2014 NBA Draft that will take place on Thursday, general manager Billy King has made no secret of the fact that he'd like to try and either trade into the latter end of the draft or use the $ 2 million he has to buy a pick. While King won't likely get a pick in the top 25, there are still a host of intriguing prospects the Nets have been linked to who figure to be available.
The Nets will have CJ Fair in for a workout this week, and that has increased speculation that, if the Nets are to buy a pick in the second round, they could opt for the swing man out of Syracuse. While Fair was a solid offensive option at Syracuse, there are questions as to whether or not his game will translate to the next level.
James Michael McAdoo is quite the enigma; he's a player who was considered a lock for the lottery as a freshman and whose stock has come tumbling down after a few seasons in Chapel Hill. The Nets will work out McAdoo as well, and the belief is they could use his infusion of athleticism on a team that contains a lot of older, slower big men.
Glenn Robinson III could be a good fit for the Nets given the large amount of uncertainty surrounding their wings this offseason. With Paul Pierce, Andrei Kirilenko and Alan Anderson all potential free agents, Brooklyn could hedge their bets by grabbing a solid defensive wing capable of guarding other perimeter players. Robinson could be available in the second round which would make him a prime target for the Nets if they can acquire a pick.
The whispers are that the Nets are enamored with Russian big man Artem Klimenko. While Klimenko shares initials and nationality with Kirilenko, that's where the comparisons end. Klimenko is a legitimate seven-footer with a huge wingspan and the ability to contest shots at the rim. Although he's still young and unpolished, Klimenko offers a world of potential and the Nets may opt to grab him later in the draft and store him overseas.
Perhaps no other player has been linked to the Nets as much as Spencer Dinwiddie. Dinwiddie had his junior season cut short by a torn ACL in January, but he expects to be fully healthy in time for training camp. Because of the injury, Dinwiddie's stock may fall enough that the Nets can land him with a pick they plan on purchasing in the late first/early second round. He could be an ideal replacement for Shaun Livingston if Livingston leaves.
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