The Brooklyn Nets are among three teams (the New York Knicks and Memphis Grizzlies being the other two) that will work out veteran Spanish point guard Carlos Cabezas, according to TuBasket.com. Cabezas, 31, has won multiple medals with the Spanish Senior National Team and was most recently employed by CAI Zaragoza, of the Spanish ACB League.
While all three teams mentioned in this report could certainly use depth at the point guard spot, especially the Nets considering they have 0 on the roster, the question I have is: why this guy? He has never topped 23 points in an ACB game, and his career high at any level is 32 points against Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv in a 2006 Euroleague game. Cabezas has also never had a double digit assist game in the Euroleague.
Cabezas is about to turn 32, and he has never played in the NBA. His minutes at the point on the Spanish National Team have been limited by NBA regulars Jose Calderon and Ricky Rubio, and there’s no room for him to play at the 2-guard spot with Spanish celebrities Rudy Fernandez and Juan Carlos Navarro handling that position.
So, what makes Cabezas so special? Well, I’ve spent over an hour trying to find information on the Spanish guard, and I came across an article from 2009 (http://www.hoopsdaily.com/content/who-carlos-cabezas) that details the last time Cabezas drew interest from NBA teams. His nickname is “The Brain,” a name he earned as a result of heady play that “makes his teammates better,” according to the article. However, the article suggests Cabezas would be a good fit with the Mike D’Antoni Knicks, a team the rebuilding Nets should not model their rebuilding process around by any means.
Maybe Billy King and co. know information we do not about “The Brain,” but the Nets should let someone else take a chance on a 31-year-old veteran who’s never stepped foot on an NBA court. They need young talent, proven talent, and Deron Williams; and Cabezas is none of those things.