One of the intriguing NBA rumors has the Nets looking into to signing Archie Goodwin, less than two weeks into the NBA season. Goodwin, an athletic shooting guard, would fill a couple of voids the Nets have on their roster if a signing does take place.
Archie Goodwin had a strong third season. He averaged a career-high 8.9 points, 2.5 rebounds, and 2.1 assists in a reserve role. After the season was over, it was believed that Goodwin would take the next step forward with the Suns. And once NBA teams got together for their training camps, it was clear that Goodwin would make the Suns’ roster. Seeing Goodwin get cut by the Suns was a head-scratcher.
"We explored some trade scenarios (for Archie Goodwin) … We tried to help him get elsewhere in a trade.“ https://t.co/x8nIuedB7J
— azcentral sports (@azcsports) October 25, 2016
As for their reasoning to waive Archie Goodwin, the general manager of the Phoenix Suns, Ryan McDonough revealed to ArizonaSports.com that the guard wanted a trade.
“Not that these decisions are ever easy. We felt like we got down to 16 really good, quality NBA players. Archie and his agents for the last few months asked us to accommodate a trade request. With that in mind, we told Archie and his agent we’d try to help him move to a team where he’d have an opportunity and play. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to work out a deal. This time of a year, it’s hard.”
Archie Goodwin, seeing the writing on the wall with the possibility of his already limited playing time getting diminished, wanted out. Did the Suns do all that they could to find Goodwin a new home? That would depend on their asking price.
More than a few NBA players changed addresses over the summer in trades. The Phoenix Suns, with exception to the night of the NBA draft, remained quiet.
Several NBA teams, including the Nets, would have been interested in trading for Goodwin if he were made available sooner. The Phoenix Suns dropped the ball with their handling of Archie Goodwin, and as a result, they had little choice but to cut him. Those same NBA teams, which were interested in the 6-foot-5 shooting guard already, had their rosters filled by the time the Suns began aggressively shopping him.
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Now that he is an NBA free agent, Archie Goodwin is free to join any team he chooses. According to the NBA rumors going around, the Brooklyn Nets could be that team.
The website ChattSportsNet.com is reporting that the Brooklyn Nets are looking at Archie Goodwin as a possible injury replacement for Jeremy Lin.
Lin, the Nets’ second-leading scorer, will be out at least two weeks (courtesy of ESPN) after suffering a hamstring injury in a Nets’ win over the Detroit Pistons. Lin will be reevaluated after two weeks, which creates a little bit of doubt in terms of his actual return. Not only is Jeremy Lin out for the Nets, but so are Greivis Vasquez and Randy Foye.
Those injuries, especially the left hamstring injury to Jeremy Lin, could conceivably open the door for the Nets to sign Archie Goodwin.
Jeremy Lin Medical Update: pic.twitter.com/dG4G6CDjcm
— Brooklyn Nets (@BrooklynNets) November 3, 2016
Goodwin would be a good fit for the Nets. He is young and could immediately find a role on the Nets with his defensive ability. Goodwin’s length and lateral quickness allow him to guard three positions. The Nets have struggled on that side of the basketball at times in the early part of the season.
What is underrated about Archie Goodwin is that he can handle the basketball. No one will confuse him for an upper echelon point guard, but the point guard skills are there, and he could help the Nets.
If the Nets were to sign Goodwin as the NBA rumors suggest, he could be a perfect stand-in until Jeremy Lin returns. And once Lin comes back, if Goodwin has impressed the Nets enough, making him the starter at shooting guard is not out of the question.
While not yet confirmed, the Nets could make a signing soon.
Archie Goodwin is an ideal fit for the Brooklyn Nets for the interim and long-term. Expect this NBA rumor about the Nets signing Archie Goodwin to become a reality in all likelihood.
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