After deciding that he would be unable to play the remainder of the season due to a herniated disc in his back, the New Jersey Nets have decided to waive forward Quinton Ross. The reserve had averaged 1.6 points and less than one rebound in 36 games, including four starts.
Unlike years past when the Nets would leave a roster spot open in order to save money, the team is expected to fill Ross' spot on the team... and quickly.
There are eight games remaining in the season and point guard Deron Williams could possibly miss extended time in those games, creating a perfect opportunity for New Jersey to get a good look at a young player from the D-League.
With depth at the point an issue, a point guard like Cedric Jackson could be an option. He has had previous stays in the NBA with the Cleveland Cavaliers, San Antonio Spurs and Washington Wizards. Jackson currently plays for the Idaho Stampede and is fourth in the league (among players with more than 30 games) in assists with 7.2 while scoring 13 points.
Jackson just turned 25 earlier in March, certainly young enough to keep around if he impresses.
If the team wants to add a little more scoring ability, 6-foot-8 DeShawn Sims could be a fit. The former Michigan star is averaging 19.9 point per game, good for fourth in the league (again, among those with more than 30 appearances).
Sims signed with the Boston Celtics after going undrafted last year, but never made it out of the Summer League. He played briefly in Greec before finding his way to the Maine Red Claws. Not only did the 23 year old earn an invite to the D-League All-Star game, but he scored 20 points in helping his team to the victory.
No matter which way the Nets decide to go with the last spot on the team, it will be refreshing to see them at least taking a look at a player instead of pocketing the few dollars an eight game rental will end up making.