Sitting silently in the far corner of the Nets bench is a man whose future with the franchise is uncertain.
Under contract for this year, the 6-7, 3-and-D wing has the potential to provide a surprise spark when Brooklyn loses a man or two. At the moment, he is flexing on the Olympic stage, representing his country, France.
However, Timothé Luwawu-Caborot is not very promising.
As one of the few NBA players in a very good France team, a team that beat the United States in the first game of the Olympic preliminary round, you would expect Luwawu-Cabarrot to play good. minutes and shows up for his country.
Still, in the win over the United States, he only played 15 minutes, registering two points during that time and going 0-3 behind the arc. He didn’t start that game and was in his team’s bottom five in minutes played, something you wouldn’t expect from an NBA player.
Especially when playing against the stars – like Brooklyn star forward Kevin Durant – Luwawu-Cabarrot had to show he can defend and score against the league’s elite. Without these opportunities, France gave TLC the right to play for their country, but not the ability to prove themselves against NBA (or close to the NBA) talent.
In the second game against the Czech Republic, TLC had a small rebound, totaling nine points, two assists and three steals in 21 minutes of action. France won this match 97-77. That little twist, however, wasn’t enough to show the Nets they should keep it for the long term – or even 2021-2022.
Luwawu-Cabarrot’s lack of brilliance on the international stage could foreshadow the end of his stay in Brooklyn. As the project and free agency approach, Sean Marks may be willing to leave TLC’s salvage project to make room to re-sign Blake Griffin or Jeff Green.
While her time is up in Brooklyn, TLC is not a lost cause. At 26, NBA teams can still benefit from the talents of Luwawu-Cabarrot. Players like Nerlens Noel, Montrezl Harrell and Cam Payne were able to prove their worth later in their twenties, and Luwawu-Cabarrot has the ability to similarly improve and become a valuable player.
France are a strong team that consistently race deep in the FIBA World Cup and the Olympics. Luwawu-Caborot will therefore have many more opportunities to prove his worth to NBA teams and fans around the world.
However, with a year remaining on his Brooklyn contract, Sean Marks is expected to be TLC’s biggest supporter for two reasons: he could show his ability to improve and become a key player for the Nets, or he could become quite valuable. to move for assets. that are helping the Nets win a championship now.
The Nets currently have plenty of draft capital with picks at 27, 44, 49 and 59 in the upcoming NBA Draft. TLC, alongside reportedly available Landry Shamet, could be appealing to some teams looking to move and earn more picks in the draft.
Yet I also understand the need to retain the players who were there when the Nets were at their lowest, and no one will ever forget TLC’s incredible bubble performance.
For now, Marks and the Nets will do whatever they see fit to help win a Nets championship in 2022.