With the NBA season now fast approaching and a revamped Brooklyn Nets roster, is it possible to think that the team isn’t done making moves? Let’s discuss three players that could possibly be on the move this year.
The Brooklyn Nets have found themselves in a situation that every team in the league dreams of being in, landing the top two Free Agents on the market in Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant. However due to some contractual issues that the future may hold, is it possible that we’ll see some players make their exit this season? Let’s jump right into it.
The Brooklyn Nets do own the Bird Rights on Caris LeVert, meaning that they’re allowed to exceed the salary cap in the summer of 2020 to keep him in Kings County. However, if something is to change, and a godfather offer is to emerge, what do you do? Caris has emerged as one of the brightest young talents in the league, even earning the nickname “Baby Kevin Durant” something that is now admittedly pretty comical considering they’re teammates. An athletic forward with a “pick your poison” type mentality on the offensive end.
So what could the market hold for him? It’s difficult to say as Caris is only making $2.6 million this season. So matching value to contracts would be difficult without severely dipping into the luxury tax. This means you’re either compensating by acquiring draft picks, or your’re settling for even younger and more developmental talent. An example could be the Detroit Pistons shooting guard Luke Kennard. An emerging perimeter shooter that the fans and the franchise are high on. A talent like Luke attached to a draft pick, and maybe the ball starts rolling on a conversation.
As one of the league’s best three point shooters a season ago, Joe Harris is beginning to make a name for himself. That being something that has reached its peak value in today’s NBA, along with the same contractual issues the Nets may find themselves in with Joe could lead to him being dealt. Now as is the case with Caris, the Brooklyn Nets do also own Joe’s Bird Rights, so why would they move him?
Because teams on the brink of contending for a championship, or even fringe playoff teams will get very desperate. It is entirely within the realm of possibility to believe a team like the Lakers, the Clippers, or even the Blazers or Jazz could get nervous and sell a little to much for Joe at the deadline.
The reason the Nets may even entertain this (as they are both on the brink of contending for a title next season and to some a fringe playoff team this season.) is because the return they could possibly get could be too much to pass up, whether it’s a stockpile of picks or talent that makes an immediate impact.
There is no shortage of teams in the league that would gladly employ the services of Brooklyn Nets point guard Spencer Dinwiddie. A Sixth Man of the Year hopeful, he brings to the table everything a contending team would need. After scoring a career high in points last season at 16.8 per game, Spencer is a consistent scoring option off of the bench and provides a spark that they Brooklyn Nets need.
Every team needs a point guard with the court vision on offense and prowess on defense that Spencer has. Make no mistake, with a contract sitting at $10.6 million, the Brooklyn Nets can get value that matches contracts. Draft picks will always suffice, but if the team is parting ways with Spencer, expect a hefty return.
Trading all three?
Albeit a tough reality to imagine, one certainly exists in which the Brooklyn Nets could receive an offer to great to pass up. What if Caris LeVert, Joe Harris, and Spencer Dinwiddie were all traded at once? It would certainly be for a player that immediately moves the needle and instantly turns the team into a contender if not this season, but next when Kevin Durant makes his full return.
What in the world would that return look like? Let’s entertain an idea:
Washington receives: Spencer Dinwiddie, Joe Harris, Dzanan Musa
Detroit receives: Caris LeVert, 2020 1st round draft pick
This is relatively conceivable given the current direction of the Wizards, and Detroit needs a small forward upgrade. The Nets would immediately add an additional superstar which would propel them into being title favorites in 2020-2021.
This is all under the assumption that any of the three aforementioned players get dealt, which for all intents an purposes, for the sake of keeping a successful roster together, they shouldn’t. The Brooklyn Nets could have some tough decisions on their hands if teams get desperate around the trade deadline, which they always do.
Let’s hope the temptation stays out of Barclays.