December 13, 2017, 9:13 am
The Nets want both players to get acclimated to their systems before playing, and at the same time probably want their existing players to get a flavor for what Okafor and Stauskas bring to the table. “We have a ton of plays, a defensive system. We want to put both those guys in a position to succeed, a position to help the team. I can’t give you an exact date.” Stauskas will have a hard time standing out in a deep wing rotation while Okafor is an adequate guy to add as an end-of-roster option in standard leagues. His weaknesses are well publicized and we’re talking top-125 upside here, so he is by no means a must-add player.The team used a Sunday workout and a practice on Monday to get to know the duo who was acquired last Thursday in a trade with Philadelphia. “This isn’t CYO, where you show up at 4 o’clock and you meet your teammates and you just throw them out there,” Atkinson said. “We have a ton of plays, a defensive system. We want to put both those guys in a position to succeed, a position to help the team. I can’t give you an exact date.” We expected the Nets to slowly integrate Okafor and owners should definitely take a flier on him but don’t expect Atkinson to give him more than 15 to 20 minutes as the Nets want to focus on developing Jarrett Allen as well.