With a budget of $2M, it was impossible for the Nets to nab a 1st round pick without giving some assets. Billy King said there were chances of getting a 1st round pick, but the assets the other teams wanted were players he won't trade, so he passed up.
Instead, we used $1.9M on three good prospects. Markel Brown, Xavier Thames and Cory Jefferson.
Brown is a very athletic combo guard. He is a bit undersized at 6'3 but has a very high vertical leap. He's tied for the highest in this year's draft combine.
Thames, according to those who have watched him play, is a 'decent 3 point shooter, unbelievable mid range game and great off of screens and off the dribble, underrated defender too.'
Jefferson, on the other hand, has an NBA body and a decent post scorer and defender.
All of these guys played a long time in college. They are all decent prospects who has a chance of cracking this year's roster. These are the type of players that a contending team, like BKN, needs. Players who have defined skill set that caters to team's certain needs.
It will be an interesting summer camp for these guys. As well as to other holdovers who are also included like Gutierrez and Teague.