Avoid Splurging at the Trade Deadline…For Now
Seemingly every year around the season’s midpoint, teams identify themselves as either buyers or sellers with the NBA playoffs just beginning to appear upon the horizon. Considering that next year’s roster pairs some already playoff berth–provoking talents such as Spencer Dinwiddie, Caris LeVert, Joe Harris, and Jarret Allen with new stars such as Irving and DeAndre Jordan, there’s no reason to foresee Brooklyn taking up a “buyers” role once more this year.
However, steering away from this mentality during next season’s campaign stands as a move imperative to Brooklyn’s long term success.
As the team awaits Durant, their most damaging weapon, and his return from a season`–stealing achilles tear recovery, holding onto their core components and refraining from pushing all their chips into the center of the table a season too early combats any narrative that might damage the team’s full potential.
Assuming he makes a full recovery, Durant’s return certainly poises to elevate the team to a championship level during the 2020-21 season. Although it may appear tempting if Irving and Jordan manage to improve the team on their own to a seductively high level this year, trading away the vital pieces already in place just to add some immediate fire power behind both Irving and Jordan for a campaign without Durant is fool’s errand.
No matter what success Brooklyn attains during this upcoming season, the team ultimately stands stronger with Durant, circling the 2020–21 season a proper target for the team to go “all in” for a championship, rather than during this season’s trade deadline. Remaining “in–check” for the years yet to come may appear as a less lucrative decision, but ultimately prevails as the far wiser one.