Landry Shamet formally turned a Net Thursday night time, however don’t suppose he hadn’t already impressed the proper individuals within the group.
Kevin Durant had not solely praised Shamet throughout 2019’s Clippers-Warriors playoff sequence, however developed a friendship and invited the guard to the Nets’ advert hoc exercises earlier this month at The Sports Academy. And Shamet already knew Steve Nash from dwelling in the identical Los Angeles neighborhood.
After participating within the pickup video games organized by Durant and Kyrie Irving, now Shamet is in Brooklyn gearing as much as be a part of these two stars for actual.
“It’s humorous, that’s who I used to be primarily enjoying numerous pickup with a bit at Mamba Sports Academy this fall,” Shamet mentioned. “Over my offseason, I’ve been capable of play with these two guys, play in opposition to them, get to know them.
“I’m excited. I like how they each play. They each transfer, they wish to set screens and play in house. They’re unselfish, keen passers. They’re good. My wheels have been spinning on how I can become involved and the way I can get these guys photographs and the way I’ll be capable to contribute.”
Durant praised Shamet after the Clippers’ 31-point rally versus Golden State in Game 2 of 2019’s first circular. But after this previous season’s second-round exit, amid experiences of poor chemistry, Shamet mentioned the Nets understanding en masse bodes properly.
“Having them have quite a lot of guys in LA, all enjoying pickup day-after-day collectively, that’s an incredible begin,” Shamet mentioned. “Getting to know one another before push involves shove and before issues get actually laborious, that’s No. 1.”
Shamet insists Durant by no means recruited him.
“No we didn’t speak about teaming up,” Shamet mentioned. “We all the time discuss, have a very good relationship — and that entire playoff sequence in opposition to Golden State … was nice to initially construct that relationship. Then each time I’ve seen him because it’s been increasingly more. We have been texting, however didn’t actually speak about any trades.”
That worth is a younger profession 40.zero % shooter from deep and keen defender. Of course, Nash was already a fan. Or at the least his son was.
“I lived in Manhattan Beach/Hermosa Beach space in LA and so does Steve. It was final Christmas, I’m having dinner with my agent, Steve’s there consuming together with his household and he comes over together with his son and he’s like ‘Hey man sorry to interrupt, actually don’t wish to hassle you, however my son is a giant fan. Mind if he takes an image?’
“I’m taking a look at him like, ‘Dude, I ought to be asking to take an image with you.’ It was loopy. … So yeah, I met him there and we had considerably of a relationship — then clearly talked to him when the trade went down. I’m excited.”
Dealing for Shamet reveals the Nets are in win-now mode. With 19 video games of playoff expertise, he’s extra seasoned than any rookie.
“Landry’s performed huge video games. When you’ve performed in playoff video games and also you’re at that age – you’re a younger man – that speaks volumes,” mentioned GM Sean Marks. “He’s clearly been trusted elsewhere he’s been, and doesn’t shrink back from huge moments. It goes again to the expertise he’s already had, but in addition including extra of that capturing piece. I feel he’s a really versatile defender as properly.”