You probably won’t see the floor for tonight’s Nets-Pistons game, but that’s okay, because nine Nets players aren’t either.
The team announced Thursday morning that (deep breath) Andrea Bargnani, Bojan Bogdanovic, Markel Brown, Jarrett Jack, Joe Johnson, Sergey Karasev, Willie Reed, and Thomas Robinson (long exhale) will sit out the night’s contest. Along with the injured Chris McCullough, that brings the count to nine players out… all of whom on guaranteed or partially guaranteed contracts.
According to Tim Bontemps of the New York Post, the Nets will trot out a starting five of Shane Larkin, Wayne Ellington, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Thaddeus Young, and Brook Lopez. Those five are the only five active players remaining on guaranteed contracts, which means the bench is entirely made up of players fighting to make the team on camp deals: Ryan Boatright, Chris Daniels, Justin Harper, Dahntay Jones, Quincy Miller, and Donald Sloan.
But if you think you’ll get a chance to watch it, think again. The game will not be broadcast on TV or radio, and as of now, it looks like a Pistons.com stream for the game is blacked out in the New York area. We’ll let you know if that changes.