‘WASHED’: NBA Scouts Not Impressed by Brooklyn Nets’ New Signing

Published 09/06/2021, 6:30 AM EDT
Apr 10, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets point guard Kyrie Irving (11) reacts as he leaves the game against the Los Angeles Lakers after being ejected during the third quarter at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports


Four-time NBA All-Star Paul Millsap has been linked with a move to Brooklyn Nets in the off-season. The 36-year-old power forward has featured for three NBA teams in his career so far. He last played for Denver Nuggets and averaged 9 PPG last season in the regular season. Now, Millsap is expected to sign with the Nets alongside LaMarcus Aldridge.

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But not many are happy with these additions. They’re being signed to replace Jeff Green, who signed with the Nuggets last month. Denver Nuggets signed Brooklyn’s star forward Green, and the Nets retaliated by signing Millsap from them. However, this move hasn’t gone down well with the scouts in the league.

Jan 3, 2021; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves center Naz Reid (11) drives to the basket as Denver Nuggets forward Paul Millsap (4) plays defense in the second half at Target Center. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

NBA scouts not happy with Brooklyn Nets signing Paul Millsap

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Paul Millsap and LaMarcus Aldridge are both 36 years old and are nowhere near Jeff Green, who was in red-hot form with the Nets. As such, their signing was negatively received by the scouts in the league, with one of the talent evaluators even calling Millsap a “washed” player.

“I think there’s a consensus around the league Millsap is washed,’’ an NBA talent evaluator said.

“He doesn’t give them what they lost in Jeff Green, unfortunately.’’

Jeff Green averaged 11 PPG, 1.6 APG, AND 3.9 RPG last season for the Nets. Green was an integral part of Brooklyn’s lineup last season and when coupled with Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, James Harden, and Joe Harris, the team would run riot.

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However, now that Green is gone, the Nets have signed two emergency replacements.

Feb 27, 2021; San Antonio, Texas, USA; New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson (1) shoots between San Antonio Spurs guard Dejounte Murray (5) and center LaMarcus Aldridge (12) in the second half at the AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Dunn-USA TODAY Sports

LaMarcus Aldridge originally signed with the Nets in March this year. He played five games and averaged 12.8 PPG. However, just a few days later, he announced his retirement from the game, citing health concerns. But the 36-year-old power forward re-signed with the Nets after receiving medical clearance for playing basketball; he has signed on a one-year deal.

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Paul Millsap spent the majority of his career with Utah Jazz, before signing with the Hawks in 2013. The veteran spent his last four seasons with the Nuggets but has struggled due to injuries. But the Nets still have a top roster for the coming season. Millsap and Aldridge could provide a much-needed depth to the Nets. With a healthy squad, the Nets are surely a title-contending team for the coming season.

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Abhishek Singh

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