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Report: Moving on from Howard deal, Nets still shopping Brooks

Jul 12, 2012, 9:49 AM EDT

MarShon Brooks, Shannon Brown

Anyone surprised that the Nets’ house of cards trade efforts to land Dwight Howard fell apart wasn’t watching closely the past year.

Yes, it got closer this time around, but it took two other teams and 11 players — many on sign-and-trade deals — all to agree just to get it that close. It was a complex deal, and complex deals often fall apart. But because the Magic don’t want what the Nets are offering straight up it took the elaborate construction just to get in the ballpark of a trade.

Now that it’s over, the Nets are figuring out what to do with the pieces they have. They signed Brook Lopez to a max extension. They are discussing Kris Humphries (but he likely moves on). And then there is this note from Sam Amico at Fox Sports Ohio.

The Nets are also said to be aggressively shopping second-year guard MarShon Brooks.

Brooks showed he could play a little as a rookie, scoring 12.3 points per game. But he only shot 42.8 percent and was below average from three — he broke out of the offense and was not an efficient scorer. Like a lot of rookies, he’s still trying to fit his talent into the NBA game.

But he’s going to be a nice player when he does. More than a few teams might be interested in him.

  1. loungefly74 - Jul 12, 2012 at 10:08 AM

    he is a good young kid. i could see a “playoff team” willing to give up their 2013 1st rd pick for him (which is what the Nets probably want). he could come off the bench and get some knowledge from savy veterans. personally, i’d keep him if i were the Nets.

    • rtfinch - Jul 12, 2012 at 10:13 AM

      Couldnt agree more. All the good teams making deep playoff runs have a top sixth man. This kid, playing behind dwill and joe johnson, could learn a thing or two. He got some good minutes last year, now let him learn and develop. He could be a good spark off the bench.

  2. drunkenjunk - Jul 12, 2012 at 10:55 AM

    Brook Lopez should never get a max contract.

  3. stoutfiles - Jul 12, 2012 at 10:59 AM

    “only shot 42.8 percent”

    Only? Kobe “only” shot 43.9% from the field, and he’s supposed to be the best. Brooks is just a rookie. Nets would be foolish to let him go.

    • CJ - Jul 12, 2012 at 11:06 AM

      that’s a bit misleading. Shooting 43.9 percent when a defense is keying in on you (and many more attempts) is a whole lot different than 42.8 percent as a rotation guy on a below average team in mostly garbage time.

    • aboogy123456 - Jul 12, 2012 at 11:31 AM

      The defenses were not keying in on Brooks but the Nets were so horrible last year it wasn’t very easy to find easy shots. He has a polished offense for someone who just finished their rookie year, and he also plays above average defense. I think playing with more talent, and mostly against the opposing teams’ bench, will make things a lot easier for Brooks.

      • buffalowned - Jul 12, 2012 at 3:44 PM

        LOL did you really just say he plays above average defense? that couln’t be any further from the truth he is a terrible defender

    • efoster123 - Jul 12, 2012 at 11:30 PM

      Kobe’s first 2 years in the league he shot 41 and 42 percent. He played 15 and 26 minutes a game..Not much different than Brooks as a rookie. I say that to mention Brooks is young and talented. Once he figures it out….gets with the right team ect..he will be fine. That 42 percent will jump to 45 like Kobe’s on career average.

  4. jolink653 - Jul 12, 2012 at 11:10 AM

    I don’t understand this at all…Brooks was solid as a rookie and yeah maybe he needed to work on his shot selection a little bit but he’s still a rookie and adjusting to the NBA…Why would you want to trade a young and cheap promising player away especially when the Nets don’t have all that much room under the cap right now? Oh well if they don’t want him then send him over to the Knicks

  5. rotaylla - Jul 12, 2012 at 12:40 PM

    This is a new Kobe Bryant in the making..he reminds me of Kobe when he was young with his smooth jump shots and he Carries himself on court…lf the Nets loose promising young it will be very sad. why was he drafted in the first instance if he,s not gonna be there for grooming and eventually be a staunch member of the team. The boy will eventually be a shooting guard on any team in this league.. you guys should remember that it was because Brooks was not lncluded in Dwight Howard deal was the primary reason why that deal was initially rejected by the Orlando Magic and why is this organization trying to do away with him now leaves one much to desird..

    • homelanddefense - Jul 12, 2012 at 12:54 PM

      he actually grew up idolizing Kobe, said he structured his game after him. If you look his shooting style, especially on turn around, is very similar.

    • aboogy123456 - Jul 12, 2012 at 1:04 PM

      Yea he reminds me of when Kobe made the all star team playing with a bunch of other stars, and lakers had 4 all stars. Then he eventually was given more minutes and took over.

      It’s very possible that in the next couple years he could even be better than Joe johnson, just like Kobe passed Eddie Jones after sitting behind him.

    • efoster123 - Jul 12, 2012 at 11:20 PM

      Rotaylla, I think we are the only ones who have guts enough to say it. This was Kobe when kobe was 18. Whoever gets this kid, will be lucky..If he has 3/4ths the work ethic as kobe he will be hard to stop..RIght now i will go on record to say, he has the best offensive package in the league outside of those associated with the Olympic Team, practice squad ect..
      Charlotte really needs him..Jordan could really use this kid and vice versa..but I doubt if the Cats will make a run at him..Can’t wait to see where he lands.

  6. homelanddefense - Jul 12, 2012 at 12:53 PM

    Its going to take a while for Brooks to work in a pro offense where he doesnt completely control the ball. I have season tickets for Providence. And while he was here, mostly with coach Keno Davis, he was allowed to take any shot he wanted at any time. The offense basically consisted of give Marshon the ball and let him create. He wasnt required to play any D either. so its not surprising that he is having a hard time fitting into an offense.

    • efoster123 - Jul 12, 2012 at 11:22 PM

      Yeah, he is somebody you can work with though. He has too much skill set to give up on him. You don’t see that type of skill set often.

      • homelanddefense - Jul 13, 2012 at 11:31 AM

        efoster, I agree, its just going to take time. I have to laugh at the thumbs down on my comments, what exactly are people taking issue with? Maybe having PC season tickets since they are so awful? haha

  7. freeagentsignee - Jul 12, 2012 at 1:37 PM

    Do not trade Brooks Nets! He is a very good, young player. He can backup Johnson at G-F.

  8. gemrookie - Jul 13, 2012 at 3:45 AM

    Loungefly was on the money. Why not see what this kid can do after scoring 12+ ppg as a rookie. If they don’t need him before the trading deadline, i suspect his trade value will have increased. Worth the risk. Sounds silly saying this… Low salary (i should only be so lucky).

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