The Brooklyn Nets are still a few steps away from their “final” roster, but the team made a notable move after their preseason game on Thursday night.
Nets waive forward Gary Forbes and have 17 left on roster.
— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) October 18, 2013
According to Yahoo’s Marc Spears, the Nets have elected to waive veteran forward Gary Forbes, and with that move, the team has dwindled their roster to 17 players. Forbes spent the 2012-2013 season in China while playing for the Zhejiang Lions, but prior to that, the 6-foot-7 forward from Panama played 2 seasons in the league with the Nuggets and Raptors.
The loss of Forbes isn’t an unexpected one, but there did appear (at least at times) to be a legitimate chance for him to make this roster. The 28-year-old Forbes does have the athletic ability and talent to make a team in the league, but the turnover hasn’t been his friend during his 111 career games. For reference, Forbes posted a turnover rate north of 11% in each season, and that is simply an unsustainable rate for someone with his pedigree.
Now, the Nets will evaluate players like Alan Anderson, Chris Johnson, and Tomike Shengelia for the remainder of training camp in an effort to get their roster down the league maximum of 15 players. Keep an eye on Brooklyn in the coming days.