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Jalen Smith Rumors

Maryland sophomore Jalen Smith won’t say what teams have worked him out in person, but he doesn’t have to. The Nets’ interest is genuine and obvious. Brooklyn was one of the first teams to interview the 20-year-old power forward, who admits he grew up emulating Kevin Garnett and dreams of playing alongside Kevin Durant. And with the Nets holding the 19th pick in Wednesday’s draft, it’s clear why they’re doing their due diligence on Smith. “I spoke with the whole front office. They’re great guys,” Smith said Thursday via Zoom. “They were just telling me how much film they’ve been watching on me, things that they see I need to improve on.