Who will OPT IN and who will OPT OUT in Brooklyn

Updated: June 21, 2014

The NBA Draft is Thursday night and this date generally means that players with opt-outs usually exercise their options prior to the draft.

Andray Blatche:

Friday afternoon Andray Blatche officially opted out of his Brooklyn Nets contract via his agency ASM Sports.

Blatche will command more than the MLE on the open market following another solid season that saw him average 11.2 points and 5.3 rebounds over 22 minutes per game. If the Nets want to keep Blatche they hold his Early Bird Rights, meaning they could offer him a deal up to $25 million over 4 years.

“I’m going to see what’s out there for me,” Blatche said. “I would love to stay here. [The Nets] gave me my first opportunity. So, if things work out, hopefully I’ll be back here. If not, I just want to thank the fans, and the whole organization, for giving me that second chance, via NYPost.”

Andrei Kirilenko:

Last offseason, Andrei Kirilenko took much less than market value, to the amazement of the rest of the NBA, and signed for the mini-MLE which was a 2-year deal with a player option after the first year.

Kirilenko was injured for a long stretch of the season with back spams and only played in a total of 45 games. He did manage to average 5 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.6 assists in just over 15 minutes per game although he defense and length created the type of problems for opponents that Brooklyn hoped when they signed him.

Kirilenko is said to be leaning toward opting into another season with Brooklyn as per media reports this past week.  This would be great news for the Nets as it would help them fill in the holes of players like Blatche and Shaun Livingston possibly leaving.

Kevin Garnett:

Garnett does not have an opt-out clause with the final year of his deal although he has been considering retirement as an alternative.

He has not been on record telling anyone what he pans to do but a report by Marc Stein reports that “nothing is official yet, but quiet optimism is emanating from Brooklyn when it comes to0 Garnett playing one more season.”

The Nets buzz this weekend was a proposed deal that would send Marcus Thornton to Cleveland in return for Jarrett Jack.

Keep an eye out draft night for Billy King to acquire a draft pick or make a trade.

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