Bleacher Report predicted that the Nets will trade for Kings guard Buddy Hield this offseason.
Now that the Brooklyn Nets’ coaching search is over — they appointed Steve Nash earlier in the month — trade rumors are beginning to surface in bunches. At this stage, it remains to be seen if general manager Sean Marks, who clearly isn’t afraid to make a splash, would rather pull off a blockbuster trade or keep the team’s young core intact.
The Nets were reported to be interested in trading for either one of Bradley Beal and Zach LaVine before the current season was suspended due to the coronavirus outbreak, but nothing notable has emerged since then. This lack of buzz has prompted a plethora of news outlets to begin brainstorming/predicting trades ahead of what projects to be a chaotic, albeit shorter than usual, NBA offseason.
Bleacher Report has been a prominent follower of this trend, and their latest piece has the Nets acquiring guard Buddy Hield from the Sacramento Kings in exchange for Jarrett Allen, Taurean Prince, Rodions Kurucs and a 2022 second-round pick.
It would appear that Bleacher Report is bored during the NBA playoffs because some of their trade suggestions involving the Nets have been utterly ridiculous. In past articles, B/R wrote of scenarios that saw Brooklyn acquire Joel Embiid and Blake Griffin in separate deals for nonsensical hauls.
The same can be said for this Hield trade. While the former Oklahoma star is a nice player and could flourish as a spot up shooter on the Nets — he’s shot 41.1% on over 2,100 shots from beyond the arc for his career — he simply isn’t worth three players AND a second-round pick.
It’s still anyone’s guess as to whether Brooklyn re-signs impending free agent Joe Harris, who’s shot the 3 at a 43.9% clip over the past three seasons. Should he sign elsewhere, the Nets would seriously lack a perimeter marksman and could use a player like Hield.
However, you could also argue that Brooklyn’s offense will be so potent that it won’t necessarily need to surround Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, who are solid 3-point shooters in their own right, with deep ball savants.
Furthermore, there’s the fact that Nash has publicly revealed that his top focus right now is on the defensive end of the floor. In this deal, the Nets would trade away Allen, who is arguably their most reliable rim protector, and deserves to play heavy minutes in 2020-21 following his impressive showing in the bubble.
At the rate Bleacher Report is publishing pieces about potential trades, we wouldn’t be surprised if we’re back in this same spot a few days from now. Stay tuned, Nets fans!