WASHINGTON — The Nets showed off their depth, winning Saturday in Indiana minus eight rotation players — including all five regular starters — after which swapping out their lineup to beat the Wizards, 112-100, two nights in a while the road.
Granted, Washington played without Bradley Beal. however the Nets already demonstrated a capability to rotate of their subs and get quality play. They survived a primary quarter that saw starting center Nic Claxton — coming back from a hamstring injury — saddled with three fouls in a scoreless 4:44, while his counterpart Kristaps Porzingis poured in 12 points on 5-for-7 shooting. But Markieff Morris, who posted a double-double against the Pacers, was a plus-4 in his 6:12 on Monday night, holding down the fort.The Nets went 11 deep, and Kyrie Irving teased at possible lineup changes down the road if people aren’t playing hard.
“The massive part was it puts slightly bit more pressure on the guy to perform since you do have someone behind you that may sub and are available in and play hard and play efficiently and effectively,” coach Jacque Vaughn said. “That happened early to Nic, quick, quick exchange. We had a few defensive breakdowns and we had someone to are available in for him after which he was in a position to come back in. So I like that it puts pressure on the blokes to perform and holds them accountable. But we’ve some depth and we’re gonna use it.”
Markieff Morris batles for a rebound throughout the Nets’ win over the Wizards. AP
The league trade deadline isn’t until February, however the season for deals unofficially starts on Dec. 15, when players who were signed within the offseason are eligible to be moved. Which means rumors will begin to percolate before Thursday, and one involves Joe Harris.
The Nets reportedly offered their longest-tenured player because the centerpiece in a deal for John Collins, but Atlanta declined in line with The Athletic. Harris is well regarded by the Nets’ front office, and has broken out of his early-season slump. It needs to be noted that Irving and Seth Curry also each turn into free agents this summer, which could leave the Nets bereft of 3-point shooting.
Collins is averaging 12.3 points, and has seen his scoring, field-goal percentage and 3-point percentage all drop every 12 months since 2019-20.***
G-League Long Island requested waivers on forward Emmanuel Egbuta. He had been a feel-good story, originally acquired by Long Island as an area tryout player prior to the season.