The Nets are getting older. But are they getting better?
When you are vying for an NBA title, veteran depth is everything.
The Nets found that out in their Eastern Conference semifinal series against Milwaukee, when coach Steve Nash played Kevin Durant and James Harden 53 minutes apiece in the Game 7 overtime loss. Harden was on one leg.
Brooklyn still feels vulnerable up front and is expected to make two additions in former All-Stars Paul Millsap and LaMarcus Aldridge. Both are 36 years old.
After the Nuggets stole valuable veteran big man Jeff Green away in August, now Brooklyn has taken away the Nuggets’ veteran presence in Millsap, according to a source.
The Nets reportedly will sign the four-time All-Star, a power forward who could come in handy if the 34-year-old Durant is ailing.
“I think there’s a consensus around the league Millsap is washed,’’ one NBA talent evaluator said. “He doesn’t give them what they lost in Jeff Green unfortunately.’’
The Nets also reportedly are likely experimenting again with power forward Aldridge, the former All-Star who has been cleared medically to play again after retiring last season because of heart issues.
The 6-foot-10 Aldridge was bought out last season by San Antonio then signed with the Nets before being forced to retire after playing in just five games with the team. Whether Aldridge remains healthy enough to finish the season isn’t a certainty.
Millsap signed for the veteran’s minimum after playing the last four seasons in Denver. He hasn’t stayed healthy enough to make an impact in recent years.
In 56 games last season, Millsap averaged 9.0 points and 4.7 rebounds in 20.8 minutes. He started 36 games but didn’t attract much attention as a free agent. He’s had wrist and knee injuries.
The Nets re-signed Blake Griffin to play center and have young power forward Nic Claxton coming off the bench. The moves further indicates center DeAndre Jordan will be bought out.