NBA D-League: Nets Considering Takeover of Armor
NetsDaily is reporting that the Nets are considering taking over operations of the Springfield Armor.
If the indications are accurate, you have to think that the Nets are considering the hybrid affiliation used by the Rockets this year to great success. In order to successfully manage a hybrid team, you need to be within range of your home office in order to facilitate communication. The Nets offices are currently only two and a half hour hours away. A hybrid affiliation would mean that the Nets staff and operate the basketball operations of the Armor, who had the worst record in the league in their inaugural season.
The Nets have three picks in the upcoming NBA Draft. Provided that they don't trade them, those last two picks will be in the high 20's (#27) and low 30's (#31). Those are perfect selections to take on high-upside, low-immediate-impact players that you can stash in a D-League affiliate and let develop. With the significant youth movement they'll be gearing towards over the next five years, especially if they fail to land multiple max free agents.
The hybrid system would allow them to manage young players directly, steering the offense that they run,the fundamentals that they learn, the emphasis in their game they take on. It worked ridiculously well for the Rockets this year, who also used the Vipers to fill out the rest of their roster with low-cost, well-specialized players for their system. If the Nets go through with this plan, they'll be able to do the same.
And for a team faced with as many issues as they have for their rebuilding process, they're going to need as much help as they can get.