Durant, Dinwiddie, LeVert, Jarrett Allen and the key personnel decisions facing the Brooklyn Nets

The Nets were sitting in seventh in the Eastern Conference when the NBA called a halt due to the Coronavirus outbreak and have lost more games than they have won this season. Brooklyn have also been hit by the recent loss of coach Kenny Atkinson, as well as the on-going injuries to star men Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving.

Brooklyn’s season so far has been one of injuries, departures and disappointment at the Barclays Centre. They now face some big decisions as they look to regain momentum once more

It means there are some important calls to be made by the franchise as they work to make progress once the disruption is over. How they handle these decisions could go a long way to influencing their future trajectory.

We can take a glance at their chances of making the playoffs this season when the NBA gets back underway by looking at some odds from different bookies. Sportsbooks like the bet365 NJ sportsbook that have a licence to operate in New Jersey will start offering odds as soon as the season resumes. Nets have good foundations in place but are now heading for some crucial calls to back that up.

Jacque Vaughn as Head Coach?

Maybe the biggest decision in the wake of a poor season and Atkinson’s departure will be if they choose to give his former assistant, Vaughn, an opportunity to take the hotseat.

Vaughn was in interim charge before the enforced pandemic delay and had won both of his games. They dished out defeat to Chicago before following that with an impressive success in LA against the Lakers.

He wasn’t afraid to make a big call after taking over and quickly turned to De Andre Jordan in place of the younger but out-of-form Jarett Allen.

The Future of Jarrett Allen?

It was a decision that kept coming up at the end of Atkinson’s time as coach and it’s a decision that won’t go away. What is Jarett Allen’s future at the Brooklyn Nets?

Can he still be their long-term centre or is he a dispensable squad member that can be traded to improve the team? Former coach Atkinson was a big fan of the 21-year-old and his departure is another blow to Allen’s chances of staying at Brooklyn beyond this season.

Allen quickly made way for De Andre Jordan under Vaughn’s new set-up and even more doubts have been cast on his role, especially with Jordan’s chemistry with key men Durant and Irving. Allen’s poor form was highlighted further as Jordan bagged his team’s top rebounds in the last two outings.

Durant to Play Center?

One interesting move being considered by Atkinson before he left was moving Kevin Durant to fill a small-ball center role once back from injury. It is something he is more than capable of doing and something that Vaughn will also have to consider moving forwards should he get the gig full-time.

While that move would likely push Allen close to the exit, it could also hand the Nets more options in other areas. Using Allen as a trading chip to bring in another star name could be one option, as could a look at the development of rookie Nicholas Claxton.

Dinwiddie and LeVert – Keep or Trade?

Other names that could be considered as possible trades are Spencer Dinwiddie and Caris LeVert. One of them could be lined up in a trade if the Nets are keen to add another star name to their roster.

However, both men have been in form under Vaughn and keeping them both on-board could be the best option if the right trade isn’t available. While LeVert is one of Brooklyn’s top talents there is a risk of losing Dinwiddie’s durability. His record of staying off the injury table compared to Le Vert, Durant and Irving makes him a valuable member of the squad.

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