The Brooklyn Nets are severely undermanned with several players testing positive for COVID-19. On top of these, their key players are out injured. Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving are still not at 100 percent. Others who won't be joining include Wilson Chandler and Nic Claxton. Making things worse, guys like DeAndre Jordan, Spencer Dinwiddie and Taurean Prince tested positive for COVID-19. With manpower shortage, the Nets have turned their attention to Jamal Crawford and Michael Beasley to fill up the void.
The Nets had only 12 healthy players when they headed to Orlando for the NBA bubble league games. Currently, at the seventh spot, the Nets need to add players to make the most out of their remaining assignments. Crawford was a surprise choice. Already 40-years-old, the veteran reportedly agreed to a deal with the Nets until the end of the season, The Athletic reported. For Crawford, this could be his last run in the NBA.
Despite his age, Crawford showed in his last stint with the Phoenix Suns that he could still keep in step with younger players. Though his playing time diminished, the 6-foot-5 guard played in 64 games averaging 7.9 points, 3.6 assists and 1.3 rebounds. He played roughly 18.9 minutes per game during the 2018-19 NBA season.
Having been held out for quite some time, the question now is how to fit Crawford is heading to Orlando. He has likely kept himself in shape and believes he can still be of help to any team that gives him the chance. Crawford gets to show that later this month, assuming that no changes stand in the way of the planned NBA restart.
Aside from Crawford, the Nets are also taking a chance on Michael Beasley. The 31-year-old forward last played for the Los Angeles Lakers during the 2018-19 NBA season before being shipped to the Los Angeles Clippers. He was eventually waived and took his act to China, joining the Guangdong Southern Tigers.
Beasley should be another good source of firepower for the Nets only that he may not be around for the first five games. The second overall pick of the 2008 NBA Draft needs to serve a five-game suspension for violating the league's Anti-Drug policy back in April. This means that Beasley can only suit up in the Nets' sixth game.
Though it was not mentioned, Beasley is likely staying until the end of the season. Brooklyn should make it to the playoff round unless the Washington Wizards come up with a run to catch up to them and the Magic. Washington is six games behind the Nets, meaning it would take a big run for them to snag a playoff seat.