Brooklyn reportedly plans to decline McDaniels' team option making him an unrestricted free agent, Shams Charania of The Vertical reports.
The 24-year-old is no stranger to packing his things and relocating despite only have played just three seasons in the league. McDaniels didn't necessarily struggle last season with the Nets, but he was far from impressive posting just 4.2 points per game and 1.7 rebounds per game. Now that Brooklyn has added D'Angelo Russell to the mix, McDaniels quickly becomes an expendable player for the club during their rebuild. It's likely he'll find a new home given his youth, but there's no telling how big or small of a role he'll assume until he does.
McDaniels produced 15 points (5-13 FG, 1-6 3Pt, 4-4 FT), six rebounds and one block across 26 minutes during a 112-73 loss to the Bulls on Wednesday.
McDaniels was one point shy of his season high in scoring in the finale as the team rested a large portion of its roster. Wednesday's game marked the sixth time since McDaniels has been with the team that he has scored in double figures. He was one of three Nets players to reach double figures in the blowout loss to close out the season.
McDaniels logged two minutes and didn't accrue any statistics in Tuesday's 122-104 loss to the Thunder.
McDaniels has only appeared in seven of the Nets' 10 games since his acquisition at the trade deadline, averaging 1.3 points in 5.1 minutes per contest. It doesn't look like the third-year swingman has done enough in practices to give coach Kenny Atkinson much reason to deploy him in games, and if that remains the case over the final month of the season, the Nets may choose to decline McDaniels' team option for 2017-18.
McDaniels logged two minutes in Saturday's 112-95 loss to the Warriors, but didn't accrue any statistics.
McDaniels was held out of Friday's loss to the Nuggets after he was acquired a day earlier from the Rockets, but coach Kenny Atkinson gave the swingman some spot minutes off the bench in the second half of the Nets' back-to-back set. While the third-year player will have a better opportunity to find playing time with the Nets than he did with the Rockets, McDaniels may find himself outside of Atkinson's rotation in his initial handful of games with the team. He'll be fighting Caris LeVert, Randy Foye, Joe Harris and Sean Kilpatrick for minutes on the wing.
McDaniels was acquired by the Nets on Thursday after being dealt by the Rockets, where he only saw 7.3 minutes per game. It remains to be seen whether or not he'll see more minutes as a member of the Nets, but he should theoretically have more opportunities to demonstrate his potential on a team with no playoff hopes.
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