In September, the Brooklyn Nets will expand their roster as they open training camp for the 2022-23 NBA season. As the Nets prepare for the opening of camp, they’re looking to put the finishing touches on their training camp. This season will perhaps be one of the most important in Nets franchise history, so every roster change will be crucial.
As the Nets continue to round out their training camp list, they announced the signing of former Golden State Warriors reserve guard and 2022 NBA champion Chris Chiozza. The former Nets guard returns to Brooklyn after just a year away from the franchise.
According to a release from the Nets, Chiozza averaged 0.1 points, 1.6 rebounds and 3.0 assists in 12.8 minutes per game while shooting 39.2 percent from the field, 44.8 percent from the 3-point shot range and 81.8 percent from the free throw line his first two seasons in Brooklyn.
The latest Nets news straight to your inbox! Join this Heavy on Net’s newsletter here!
Regardless of what the squad looks like on opening night, all eyes will be on the nets this season. After a disappointing first-round out easily swept by the Boston Celtics, fans are expecting Brooklyn to react strongly.
With the Nets still putting the pieces together to round out their roster and being extremely tight at center position, they might want to consider signing three-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year free agent Big Man Dwight Howard.
Corresponding NBA insider Brandon “Scoop B” Robinson from Bally Sports, Howard is excited at the thought of joining the Nets. Both sides are said to have had a mutual interest earlier in the summer.
“Dwight Howard’s name has recently been mentioned in blogs as a potential Brooklyn Nets signer for the offseason.” Robinson tweeted on July 26th.
“I asked him if he was interested in the Nets. His answer to [Bally Sports] was: “Yes, that’s me, [I] would love it.” Howard is an NBA Champion and an eight-time All-Star.”
Howard is no longer the elite center he was in his prime. However, due to his size and athleticism on the defensive end, he still has the tools to be one of the Nets’ biggest contributors. Pairing him with Ben Simmons, another Defensive Player of the Year finalist, could create more transition buckets for the Nets, which they struggled with in the first round against the Celtics.
Irving and Durant came to Brooklyn in 2019 to build their own championship culture, but so far that plan has failed miserably. After two straight years as title favorites, the Nets didn’t even make it to the NBA Finals. As Durant and Irving move towards the rear end of their careers, time is ticking for them to deliver a championship to Brooklyn.
It doesn’t help that young teams like the Boston Celtics, Miami Heat and Milwaukee Bucks are right there in the East, standing in the way of Brooklyn securing a Finals spot. But the bottom line is that the Nets have one of the best rosters in the NBA this season, top to bottom.