Nets GM Sean Marks remained silent through this year’s trade deadline, ultimately, putting faith in his roster for the remainder of the season
The notorious NBA deadline has passed as the Brooklyn Nets remained relatively silent and didn’t manage to conjure up a trade. A multitude of transactions occurred within the final hours leading up to the 3 pm EST ending, however, Brooklyn and general manager, Sean Marks, wisely played their cards right by staying silent throughout the entire period.
In the past couple of weeks, some chatter began swirling around the league pertaining to the Nets possessing too many ball dominant core players (i.e Kyrie Irving, Spencer Dinwiddie, Caris LeVert). Their presence on the court, and lack of chemistry, begged the question of the trio’s future and unnatural fit together.
With that being said, presumably, we anticipated a move for one of the three guards. On the contrary, Marks proved that he has his eyes set on the bigger, more important picture as opposed to trading an integral piece to strengthen a rather mediocre team to compete and eventually get eliminated in the first round.
The Nets front office is “all in” for next season when superstar, all-pro Kevin Durant returns from an Achilles injury. The likelihood of Brooklyn making noise this season is slim to none—which they knew coming into this season. This year is widely viewed as a trial run and a chance for all the new members( DeAndre Jordan, Garrett Temple, Taurean Prince, Kyrie Irving) to mesh with one another, while they wait for their best player to make a NBA Finals run next season.
As it stands, the Nets are currently enjoying some winning basketball. They’ve won 4 out of their last 5 games and 5 of their last 7, including victories by a margin of 22 and 41.
They currently sit at the seventh seed in the Eastern Conference with a 23-27 record. Head coach Kenny Atkinson has done a superb job rallying his troops despite all the adversity they’ve gone through, specifically dealing with health and availability to his core players.
I admire the front offices discipline during this trade deadline period. It’s very easy to panic, look at your team, and not think that it’s adequate enough, especially with Irving’s comments where he explained his frustrations about the team missing one to two more pieces in order to be successful.
However, this franchise understands that unnecessarily accelerating their Finals chances by giving away valuable assets. Sean Marks intelligently kept his current roster, believing that it’s good enough to win a championship in the 2020-2021 season— and he’s right!
Kyrie Irving, Spencer Dinwiddie, Caris LeVert, Jarrett Allen, Deandre Jordan, Joe Harris, and Garrett Temple, coupled with Finals MVP Kevin Durant will make for an extremely talented championship worthy roster next season. Good work Nets.