Nets stash pick bolts one European power for another

Nets stash pick bolts one European power for another

LAS VEGAS — The Nets have been looking to get last year’s stash pick, Aleksandar Vezenkov — who was a teammate and friend of rookie draftee Rodions Kurucs at Barcelona — some much-needed playing time.

It looks like that’s going to happen, with Vezenkov inking a two-year contract with Greek powerhouse Olympiacos.

After the Nets drafted Vezenkov, first Barcelona coach Sito Alonso and then replacement Svetislav Pesic, opted not to play him. He and Kurucs, who had made his intentions to go to the NBA clear, both collected dust on Barcelona’s bench.

“[Vezenkov is] a good guy, a nice guy. We spent a lot of time together because he didn’t play either last year so we spent a lot of time in the gym,” Kurucs told The Post.

“He’s a great guy, a good player. He taught me a lot of things on the court, off the court. We were good friends for sure, because we were always together. Definitely his strong suit is the shot.”

Vezenkov won the 2018 Spanish National Cup with Barcelona.


The Nets’ other stash pick, wing Juan Pablo Vaulet, pulled out of summer league due to a foot injury. He flew back to Argentina, saying he had a bone edema.

“I tried but could not,’’ Vaulet said, according to a translation by NetsDaily. “I still have bone edema, like an inflammation in the bone. It hurts. I’ll have to stop and recover well.”

Since being drafted in 2015, Vaulet has had multiple foot surgeries and still never has been healthy enough to play in summer league.


The Nets were among a number of teams that worked out wing Rodney Stuckey. A 6-foot-5 combo guard, Stuckey has averaged 12.6 points and 3.6 assists over his career. But he struggled in 2016-17 with the Pacers and suffered a knee injury that season, got waived and hasn’t played since.

Trying to make a comeback, he worked out at Impact Sports for the Nets, as well as the Grizzlies, Pacers, Spurs and defending champion Warriors, according to European basketball reporter David Pick.


In an effort to retain cap space, possibly for a salary dump, the Nets have come to terms with both Joe Harris and Ed Davis, but have not officially signed either.

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