There are exactly two weeks between the Brooklyn Nets and the 2022 NBA trade deadline on Feb. 10. There’s plenty that Joe Tsai and Sean Marks could do in the next 14 days, however, the most glaring issue that Brooklyn has right now is its lack of scoring.
Right now, James Harden is carrying the majority of the load for Brooklyn on the offensive end, which according to Bleacher Report’s Jake Fischer, is part of the reason why Harden is supposedly open to exploring opportunities with other teams this summer.
Harden denied the reports that have gained more traction over the past few days, but the Nets need players who can be a consistent presence on the offensive end.
Luckily, now’s the right time of the year to do so. Between Harris, Nic Claxton, Cam Thomas, Bruce Brown, Day’Ron Sharpe, and Paul Millsap, Brooklyn has several players that the organization could offer up in potential deals.
Here are three scorers that the Nets need to trade for ahead of the Feb. 10 deadline.
3 scorers that the Brooklyn Nets should trade for ahead of Feb. 10.
3: Dorian Finney-Smith
Dorian Finney-Smith has only called one place home since 2016, and it’s been Dallas. He went undrafted in 2016 and is currently on the final year of his three-year, $12 million contract with the Mavericks. He’s been eligible to sign a four-year, $55 million extension with Dallas since last summer.
Finney-Smith is having the best season of his six-year career. He’s averaging 10.2 points per game and is shooting 44.3% from the field and 36.4% from the 3-point line in the 47 games that he’s played in.
The six-foot-seven power forward is the Mavericks’ top defender and those same abilities would come in handy for Brooklyn.
On the offensive end, his 3-point shot has improved. During his first year in the league, he shot 29.3% from long, and since then, that percentage has jumped up by 7%.
However, his ability as a ballhandler has been his major upgrade this season.
"“Sometimes, when you bring it up court, that’s all the feel you need to make a shot,” he said. “It’s hard to shoot the ball when you ain’t touching it. Just touching the ball I feel like helps my shooting.”"
The 28-year-old has witnessed his impact on the offensive end increase as each year has gone by. Not to mention, his defensive prowess is part of the reason why Dallas holds the top defensive rating in the NBA since Jan. 1.
Finney-Smith is expected to be on the move before Feb. 10 and his game on both ends of the court would elevate the Nets’ roster. It’s never a bad idea to add a strong 3-and-D, which is something that Brooklyn currently lacks.