July 9: Trade with Atlanta Hawks
This was the one move where Sean Marks changed roles and became a dumper of salary, in this case the final year and $12.5 million remaining on the deal Jeremy Lin signed with the Nets in July 2016.
Lin was a non-factor in his two seasons in Brooklyn, limited to just 36 games in his first year because of a recurring hamstring injury and out for all but 25 minutes on opening night last season after rupturing his patellar tendon.
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His fanatically devoted base of supporters didn’t like the deal, accusing Marks of “betraying” Lin by trading him to the Atlanta Hawks. As for Lin himself, he took the move like the pro he is, understanding that business decisions have to be made.
Moving Lin benefits the Nets because it clears up any ambiguity about the pecking order at point guard next season — it’s D’Angelo Russell, then Spencer Dinwiddie, then the third guy. Lin’s veteran status and health questions had the potential of making that rotation very messy.
The cost was not as severe as it could have been — swap rights in the second round in 2023 and a 2025 second-rounder, but no first-round impact.
The Nets also picked up a conditional 2020 second-round pick belonging to the Portland Trail Blazers. The pick is a top-55 protected and won’t convey unless Portland finishes in the top five in the NBA next season.
This pick is well-traveled: It went from the Blazers to the Orlando Magic in 2015 in the Maurice Harkless trade, moved to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Joe Harris trade in January 2016 and wound up in Atlanta in the October 2017 deal that sent Richard Jefferson and Kay Felder to the Hawks.
The rights to French guard Isaia Cordinier aren’t likely to yield anything unless packaged in a future trade. Cordinier was taken 44th overall by the Hawks in the second round of the 2016 NBA Draft and did not play last season after surgery on both knees to address a tendinitis problem.
He played twice in the Summer League with the Hawks, in 2016 and 2017, and failed to impress, averaging 3.7 points and 2.2 rebounds in 15.6 minutes per game and shooting .275/4-for-14/7-for-12 in nine games over the two sessions.
Cordinier is under contract with the Antibes Sharks in France’s top division, the LNB Pro A, and last played with them in 2016-17, averaging 6.5 points and 2.8 rebounds in 23.0 minutes per game on .357/.230/.700 shooting.
Yes, a shooting guard who doesn’t seem to be able to shoot against upper-tier competition. So holding your breath waiting for him to contribute anything in Brooklyn seems … unwise.