Grading the trade for the Brooklyn Nets
Everything changed for the Brooklyn Nets this past season. They went from one of the better teams in the Eastern Conference, with Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving leading the charge, to a rebuilding team.
They moved Durant to the Phoenix Suns and shipped Irving to the Dallas Mavericks, getting back a ton of assets in return, with the biggest being Mikal Bridges, who looks like an All-Star talent.
Brooklyn is in a weird spot, though, as they don’t own their own draft picks. They traded almost all of them in the trade for James Harden a couple of seasons ago.
So, in reality, Brooklyn has no reason to tank. But that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be looking to add potential-filled young pieces to their roster.
That’s exactly what they would be doing in this deal, landing Josh Green as yet another intriguing 3&D wing alongside Bridges and Cameron Johnson, who they also got back in the Durant deal.
Green showed some serious potential with the Dallas Mavericks, and while his ceiling may be a high-level role player, it would be worth it for the Nets to take a chance on him and find that out.
More importantly, the Nets would land the 10th pick in this deal. They currently have two first-round picks, but they sit at 20 and 21. This would give them a chance to pick in the lottery and land a potential star.
Potential starting lineup: Spencer Dinwiddie, Josh Green, Mikal Bridges, Cameron Johnson, Nicolas Claxton