In March, Kevin Durant and three other Nets tested positive for COVID-19. Ever since, the Nets have captured many headlines with many of their players opting out of the NBA Restart. Sean Marks has had to sign many new players to fill the roster. The latest development, reported earlier today by ESPN, claimed that Michael Beasley left his teammates in Orlando after testing positive for COVID-19.
Beasley Leaves Orlando
Beasley was not actually in the bubble when he suddenly left. Instead, he was in an undisclosed location with recently signed nets Donta Hall, Jamal Crawford, and Tyler Johnson. Previously, the Nets had signed forward Lance Thomas as a substitute player earlier in the day. As for Beasley’s space, the Nets will most likely offer Justin Anderson a contract to complete their roster. Beasley has become the eighth Net who could not participate in the Orlando restart.
Building Team Chemistry
The Nets need to move on from this and try to build at least a small amount of team chemistry during the three scrimmages between July 22-27 and the team practices. Players like Jamal Crawford, Donta Hall, or Tyler Johnson, who have not been able to play against NBA competition for an extended period, will hopefully benefit from the scrimmages and the practices to shake off their rust for the regular season and possibly the playoffs.
Developing Young Talent
Even if the Nets make a quick exit from the playoffs, Nets fans can watch young talent such as Jeremiah Martin develop in Orlando. When Caris Levert was asked what he thought about Martin, he said, “Jeremiah’s been a huge addition for us (…) He’s very quick with the basketball, makes great decisions, very good shooter, too. I liked him when he was in college in Memphis. It’s been cool to be on the same team with him and learn some things from him, as well.”
Finally, the last two players that Jacque Vaughn and the coaching staff would most likely prefer to see flourish during the restart are Rodions Kurucs and Chris Chiozza. Both of these guys are usually bench players who average around twelve minutes per game. Overall, these games in the bubble should be seen as a fun experiment, as the Nets prepare to maintain the seventh seed in the Eastern Conference standings.