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Brooklyn Nets Trade Targets

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Well Nets fans, it’s that time of year again. The time for Sean Marks to take on bad contracts in exchange for future draft picks. Just like DeMarre Carroll and Kenneth Farie- wait, we’re not doing that this year? Are the Nets actually in a spot to trade for good players who can help this team win a championship? Yes! Brooklyn is actually one of the most talked about teams in trade talks not only this offseason but going back to the beginning of the season. The Nets were one of the teams linked to both Jimmy Butler and Kristaps Porzingis, and that’s just the beginning.

There are plenty of players and picks that will be traded in the upcoming months, and Nets fans have plenty of reasons to be excited. Not only is the team linked to big trades, in his letter to the fans sent out after the Nets playoff exit, GM Sean Marks told the fans “We’ll be active and aggressive in upgrading our roster with a significant amount of cap space to work with”. Nets fans have all the reason to be excited, as the team hasn’t been active in the offseason since the Billy King days. With that being said, let’s look at some of the trade targets for Brooklyn this summer.

Pick 6

AZ Central

The talk about Pick 6 started Monday when a report came out that Phoenix is willing to move the pick for a veteran point guard. The majority of NBA fans jumped to Mike Conley, however some have speculated that it could be Spencer Dinwiddie the Suns are interested in. If this were to happen, it wouldn’t be straight up, there would be more picks and players involved from both sides.

In all honesty, this trade would not be the worst for both sides. The Suns get the point guard they’ve been trying to get on a team friendly deal until 2021. The Nets are put in a spot to take a guy like De’Andre Hunter, Cam Reddish or Jarrett Culver. (You can take a look at some of OTG’s draft content here). However, I do not believe the Nets would keep the 6th pick if they pulled off this trade. There is another trade target that will be talked about later on this list that that the 6th pick would help get.

Aaron Gordon

Arizona Desert Swarm

I don’t want to call Aaron Gordon a “If everything else fails” move, because he is a tremendous player, but he should not be the Nets first target this summer. Gordon earned himself a massive 4-year, $80 million deal last offseason, making him a difficult asset to trade for. Gordon would easily start on the Nets, and would be the best four the team had since Thad Young.

The last two seasons, Gordon is averaging 16.7 PTS, 7.6 TRB, 0.9 STL and 0.7 BLK. He has struggled from three in his career, shooting 32%, making him a questionable fit in the Nets system. Along with the contract and the questionable fit, Gordon would cost a pretty penny, being one of the Magic’s best players the past three seasons. Will the Nets trade for him? Like I said, it’s as close to last case scenario as you could get without crossing that line.

Kevin Love

Stadium Astro

Remember when I said Gordon was as close to last case without being it? Well Kevin Love crosses that line. His contract is one of the worst in basketball, making an average of $30 million per year until 2023. Love also hasn’t played at least 80 games since his rookie season, missing 244 games in the past 10 seasons. In fact, he hasn’t played more than 60 games since 2015-16.

However, when Love does play, he is an All-Star. He averages a career 18.3 PTS, 11.3 TRB and shoot a decent 37% from deep (shooting 40% the past 2 seasons). He is a 5-time All Star and has won a ring with the help of LeBron James. There is no doubt Kevin Love can fit into Kenny’s system, but with his injury history, and that awful contract, Kevin Love is last case scenario for Brooklyn this offseason.

Taurean Prince

Hoops Hype

Prince was a player talked a lot about at the deadline this season, with his name coming up as a potential piece the Hawks would move. That didn’t happen, and Prince is less than likely being traded this summer, but if his name pops up, look for the Nets to be involved. Prince is only 25 years old and could fill the Nets void at the 4, especially with all the small ball Kenny decides to roll out.

Anthony Davis

CBS Boston

Here it is, the one you all have been waiting for. On Tuesday, Shams Charania tweeted out that David Griffin has begun listening to teams for the MVP candidate Anthony Davis. In his article, Shams said “Across the NBA, rival executives believe the following teams will be able to compile the best packages: The Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks, Boston Celtics and Brooklyn Nets”.

That one meant a lot to Nets fans. It’s one thing to be linked to Jimmy Butler and Kristaps Porzingis, but to hear your team’s name being thrown out by other executives linking you to a perennial MVP candidate has to excite the fan base. Trading for Davis wouldn’t be easy, it would most likely take core pieces like Jarrett Allen, Rodions Kurucs, one of the team’s guards and a plethora of first round picks. Here is where the possibility of 6th pick would also help in a potential deal.

Nevertheless, the fact that the Nets are not in a spot where they are taking on bad contracts, and instead trading for valuable assets should cause excitement throughout the fanbase.

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