The Brooklyn Nets are currently 8th in the Eastern Conference and will be playing in the NBA play-in tournament next week. There is still some wiggle room as to what seed they will end up at, but the team’s two remaining regular-season games will help them get prepared for postseason play.

Brooklyn made an interesting move on Thursday that could certainly impact things going into the NBA playoffs. NBA insider Shams Charania has reported that the Nets have released veteran forward James Johnson.

The move appears to mean that Kessler Edwards will be signed to a new contract and become eligible for the playoffs.

Johnson has played pretty significant minutes for the Nets this year, averaging 19.2 minutes on the season. While he is no star player, a team releasing a valuable piece of their rotation just ahead of the playoffs is definitely a perplexing move, with many around the NBA world questioning this decision.

The team has been much better down the stretch with the return of Kevin Durant, as well as Kyrie Irving being able to play home games after the NYC vaccine mandate was changed.

The Nets could also greatly benefit from the return of Ben Simmons, who has not played yet since being traded from the Philadelphia 76ers. Simmons has not been ruled out yet for the playoffs, so if Brooklyn does make it out of the play-in tournament, there’s still a possibility for the Nets to be contenders in the Eastern Conference.

[Shams Charania]

About Reice Shipley

Reice Shipley is a staff writer for Comeback Media that graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in Sports Media. He previously worked at Barrett Sports Media and is a fan of all things Syracuse sports.