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Forward LaMarcus Aldridge agreed to a one-year, $2.6 million deal to return to Brooklyn. The multi-time All-Star was forced into retirement five months ago because of a heart condition. However, Aldridge has been deemed medically cleared, so he will rejoin a Nets team that is undoubtedly looking to make a run toward an NBA Championship. Still, his outlook isn't as bright from a fantasy perspective, primarily with his health in question and the logjam of talent at the position. Nonetheless, the 36-year-old will probably have a few impactful performances during the 2021-22 campaign, although not enough to make him a consistent fantasy option.
Brooklyn Nets guard James Harden could be nearing a contract extension. General manager Sean Marks is hoping a new deal will be complete before the start of the new year, with Kyrie Irving also on the radar to receive one as well. The latest update comes after Kevin Durant recently agreed four-year, $198 million extension nearly a week ago, so it appears as if the franchise is trying to lock up all three superstars for years to come. Nonetheless, the former MVP averaged 24.6 points, 10.9 assists, and 8.5 rebounds throughout 36 games with the team after being traded by the Houston Rockets early during the 2020-2021 season. While a nagging hamstring ailment plagued him at times, he will be ready to go in October, so managers should view him as a top-10 option in upcoming fantasy drafts.
Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving could be next in line to score an extension, according to general manager Sean Marks. A new James Harden agreement is also being orchestrated, with the hope that both players receive new contracts before the start of the 2021-22 NBA campaign. The 29-year-old averaged 26.9 points, 6.0 assists, and 4.8 rebounds while shooting over 40 percent from deep last year. However, he was again unable to log an entire season, appearing in only 54 regular-season games. Nonetheless, regardless of where his next deal comes from, Irving should remain a top fantasy option for years to come, although managers will likely have to deal with injuries and personal absences from time to time moving ahead.
Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant agreed to a four-year, $198 million contract extension with the team. The former MVP averaged 26.9 points, 7.1 rebounds, 5.6 boards, and 1.3 blocks while shooting 45 percent from deep throughout 35 games last season. The 32-year-old dealt with health and safety protocols in 2020-21, and injuries have been consistent during his career. However, managers should still consider him a top-10 option in all formats during upcoming fantasy drafts.
Brooklyn Nets guard Bruce Brown received a qualifying offer from the team on Wednesday, making him a restricted free agent. The designation allows Brooklyn to potentially match offers from other teams, although it will cost nearly $5 million to retain his services. While Brown had flashes of efficiency during the occasional start throughout the season, his averages of 8.8 points and 5.4 rebounds likely won't do much for fantasy managers. If he remains with the Nets, his role probably won't change, especially if James Harden and Kyrie Irving stay healthy and on the floor.