Former Brooklyn Nets Big Man and first-round draft pick Sekou Doumbouya has signed a two-way deal with the Los Angeles Lakers via Shams Charania from “The Athletic”. Doumbouya was drafted with the 15th overall pick of the Detroit Pistons in 2019. He spent the first two years of his career in Detroit, where he averaged 5.6 points per game in just over 17 minutes per game.
That summer, the Pistons handed him over to the Brooklyn Nets in exchange for Center DeAndre Jordan, which the organization eventually bought out. A short time later, Jordan signed unironically with the Lakers.
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Doumbouya gave fans a taste of his potential on his Nets preseason debut when he scored 11 points and got a perfect 5/5 out of the field. Unfortunately, his tenure in Brooklyn was short-lived as the Nets traded Doumbouya to the Houston Rockets on October 5, where he was released almost immediately.
Acquiring two-year-old Big Man in Los Angeles could prove beneficial to the organization given the lack of size in their roster. After the Lakers recently signed Shooting Guard Austin Reaves, 8 of their 14 players are listed as guards. This is a priori cause for concern. The potential for more playing time could be what Doumbouya needs to kickstart his career.
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Back in Brooklyn, the team and organization prepare for the coming season. This off-season they signed the experienced Big Man LaMarcus Aldridge for the first time. Aldridge was scheduled to play for Brooklyn earlier this year but suddenly retired in April after discovering an irregular heartbeat. He is a respected and experienced striker in the league. Over the course of his career, he has averaged 19.4 points and 8.2 rebounds per game and was a 7-time NBA All-Star. Nets head coach Steve Nash is happy to return.
“It’s great to have him back,” said Nash via Brian Lewis of the New York Post. “We really enjoyed having him for a short while last year. We were all very sad and devastated for him when he retired. He fit into our team, but more importantly, he had to step out of the game. So it’s a great story to have him back and not only has he been a pleasure to train, but he looks great too. Play well, move well. I am almost a little surprised when you consider the discharge and everything that has happened. “
In addition, Brooklyn hired another free agent veteran Paul Millsap. Over the course of his career, Millsap has averaged 13.7 points and 7.2 rebounds per game. While his influence isn’t always seen on paper, Millsap offers seasoned insight as well as a defensive presence that is most complemented by his selection on the 2016 NBA All-Defensive Team. After her postseason win over the Lakers, Millsap spoke about the pairing between him and Aldridge on the Low Post.
“We worked on various presses in practice. Various lineups and [Sunday] It went pretty smoothly, ”said Millsap after beating the Lakers on October 3rd. “And the way we play, we believe that we can integrate everyone into the system and be successful cut and we play for each other, that will look good.”
The front court was one of the Nets’ biggest problems in 2020. With Aldridge back and a welcome addition to Millsap, we saw a completely different Nets team in the coming season.
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