- Mike Mazzeo, ESPN Staff Writer
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The Brooklyn Nets need help everywhere.
They’re hoping to add some much-needed youth and athleticism -- hopefully on the perimeter -- on June 25 in the 2015 NBA draft.
The Nets own the 29th overall pick in the first round and the 41st pick in the second round.
“Where we are, we have to hope that some of the guys that we have ranked higher drop to us,” Nets director of player personnel Gregg Polinsky said Monday.
“And second-round wise, is it a guy that we feel is somebody like Bojan Bogdanovic a few years back  that we can take and keep overseas for a little bit, let him cultivate, and then bring him and you see the value of that? I think there’s a bunch of ways to play this, and [general manager] Billy [King] is obviously quite creative, as you guys know.
“We’ll see. It could even be that we move up to get someone depending on what that will require. But obviously that will be Billy and ownership’s decision -- solely -- once we give them our opinion on what guys might be worth getting somewhere higher in the draft. But right now, we have to do a good job and do our homework and be ready for 29 and 41.”
Rozier, who would bring defense and athleticism to Brooklyn, didn’t arrive in the New York area until 4 a.m. due to the inclement weather. This was his sixth pre-draft workout with an NBA team. The 6-foot-2 Rozier has 17 scheduled but doesn’t intend to participate in all of them.
“It’s all about a team’s need, and I think I fit a description where I can play on the ball, off the ball, whatever my coach needs me to do, so a lot of people may have doubts of me playing point guard, but it’s just something I know I can do,” said Rozier, who averaged 17.1 points per game for the Cardinals this past season. “I can play a little bit off the ball, too. It’s all about what a team needs from me.”
The Nets have 11 scheduled workouts, according to Polinsky, so they’ll be quite busy scouting potential future talent prior to the draft.
Asked about the draft as a whole, Polinsky replied, “Well, I don’t think it’s as deep as last year’s group. I think a lot of the kids went back to school. Obviously, when you’re [picking] 29, many times you want to see guys come out that you think, ‘Hey this guy can be a first-rounder and could possibly be a lottery guy,’ because that pushes back for you some quality players. But it is what it is. Our job is to come up with good picks. Period.”
The Nets will continue pre-draft workouts on Tuesday and Wednesday this week.
Notes: Strength and conditioning coach Jeremy Bettle has left the Nets to join the Toronto Maple Leafs in a similar capacity. ... Sergey Karasev and Darius Morris were working out at the practice facility Monday. ... Nets coach Lionel Hollins and several other members of Brooklyn’s coaching staff and front office were in attendance for Monday’s workouts.
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