Brooklyn Nets Linked To Intriguing Free Agent Forward

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One NBA writer believes Philadelphia 76ers forward Georges Niang could be a good fit with the Brooklyn Nets.

Grant Hughes of Bleacher Report named Niang as the Nets’ most ambitious free-agent target.

“With the $5 million taxpayer MLE likely to be their top spending tool, it won’t be easy for the Nets to address their scoring needs,” Hughes wrote. “Georges Niang might be as good as it gets. Perhaps a reserve heading into his age-30 season seems underwhelming, but Niang is a career 40.3 percent shooter from deep. He’s also durable, having logged at least 66 games in each of the last four years.

“Comfortable in the Utah Jazz’s motion-based ‘advantage’ offense under Quin Snyder and the Philadelphia 76ers’ pick-and-roll heavy sets, Niang is a plug-and-play spacer who would improve the Nets’ 20th-ranked three-point accuracy after the All-Star break.”

NBA NEWS & TRADE RUMORS: Georges Niang, Philadelphia 76ers & Brooklyn Nets Updates

Niang averaged 8.2 points, 2.4 rebounds and 1.0 assists this season for the Sixers while shooting 44.2% from the field, 40.1% from beyond the arc and 86.7% from the free-throw line in 78 games. The 29-year-old made 154 3-pointers.

You can’t have enough shooters on your team in today’s NBA, so the Nets would become a more versatile offensive group if they added Niang, who is a career 40.3% shooter from 3-point land. Niang’s ability to shoot from deep would create more driving lanes and space for Mikal Bridges, Spencer Dinwiddie and Cam Thomas.

NBA NEWS & TRADE RUMORS: Georges Niang, Philadelphia 76ers & Brooklyn Nets Updates

The Nets got swept in the first round of the 2023 playoffs by the Sixers. Niang averaged 4.3 points in the series while shooting 50.0% from 3-point range. Philadelphia’s season ended at the hands of the Boston Celtics, who beat the Sixers in the Eastern Conference Semifinals in seven games.

It will be fascinating to see where Niang is playing next season. He has career averages of 6.5 points and 2.1 rebounds with the Indiana Pacers, Utah Jazz and Sixers.

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