Earlier this morning I wrote about Kris Joseph, one of the less talked about players in the Kevin Garnett/Paul Pierce trade, who was released by the Celtics almost immediately after the trade. Well there is another player involved in that trade, D.J. White, who was sent from Boston to the Brooklyn and the Nets have a similar decision they have to make as they have until Aug. 1 to release him before his contract becomes guaranteed.
White, 27 next month, is a 6-foot-9 power forward drafted out of Indiana University by the Pistons in the first round (29th overall) of the 2008 draft. Throughout his career he has shot 50.7 percent from the floor with 13.9 points and 7.5 rebounds per 36 minutes. He’ll earn $1,027,424 next season if the Nets don’t release him by Aug. 1.
As it stands right now he isn’t looking at much playing time with the Nets next season as he would be stuck behind Garnett, Reggie Evans, and Mirza Teletovic at his position. The Nets already have two backups at both the center and small forward position as well so having him change positions doesn’t do him much good either.
They could still decide to keep him around though. Garnett is 37-years-old and is not expected to play much more than 25-30 minutes a game next season. Mason Plumlee was also just drafted 22nd overall this year so the Nets may decide that he doesn’t have enough experience to count on going into his rookie season. Considering those two situations, they may decide that having White around as insurance is not a bad idea. They are, after all, already paying out roughly $185 million between the payroll and luxury tax; what’s another $1 million?