Report: Sergey Karasev wants to be traded
The Nets are in a dire situation, and apparently, Sergey Karasev isn't very happy with it. The swingman who has barely played so far this season, isn't particularly encouraged about the way the organization has handled him.
Karasev has played a grand total of six minutes this year, getting into three total games. When he's gotten playing time, which he did for a bit when he had a run as a starter last year, he's shown to struggle finding the right spots to run to on the floor. He also hasn't proven to be a consistent enough shooter to find time in the rotation.
There are arguments to be made on Karasev's behalf, most of them stemming from the fact that the Nets need to find young talent and the kid is still just 22 years old, but considering that the Nets have already declined his fourth-year option, the organization obviously doesn't think much of him. Maybe there's good reason for that.
"It's totally confusing," said Vasily Karasev, once one of Russia's best players and now coach of Zenit in the Russian basketball league. "Sergey is totally healthy. But the coach seems to be thinking something different: he said that he does not see Sergey as part of the team. Based on what I've seen personally - the team is in total disarray. If I went there myself - even that would be better. The team has no game."
The senior Karasev said as a result, his son is talking about trades.
"Sergey is starting to discuss trade scenarios. He's a young guy (22), he has to play. He feels that he's fully rehabbed, that his health is good. So to sit on the bench for a whole year is just not acceptable," said Vasily Karasev, according to a translation.
A league source confirmed that Karasev would like to be traded. Karasev, a 6'7" swingman, taken with the 19th pick in the 2013 Draft, was traded to the Nets a year ago with Jarrett Jack. He started 16 games before going down last March, dislocating his knee cap and tearing his meniscus. It was his first injury and he told reporters at Media Day that they would see "a new Sergey."