1: Jakob Poeltl
San Antonio center Jakob Poeltl would help Brooklyn knock out three birds with one stone (scoring, rebounding, and rim protection). Poeltl is in the midst of the best season of his six-year career. He’s averaging a career-high 12.9 points and 9.1 rebounds in the 40 games that he’s played in.
If the Nets do trade either Claxton or Sharpe, Poeltl would be an exceptionally valuable addition to Brooklyn. The Nets don’t have a consistent player that can match up well against opponents’ big men down low, and Poeltl would fix that problem.
He leads the Spurs with 1.6 blocks per game and is on a hot streak.
A move for Poeltl would be beneficial for him as well, and not only because he’d get to leave one of the lower teams in the Western Conference. It’d be nice to see him and Harden run pick-and-rolls together, which is one of the most special parts of Harden’s game.
Poeltl signed a three-year, $27 million contract extension with San Antonio in the 2020 offseason and will become an unrestricted free agent in 2023. He’s receiving $8.75 million this year and $9.3 next season.
The 26-year-old native of Austria would be a huge steal for the Nets. Because of the market that Poeltl’s currently in, the role that he plays is understated, but being in Brooklyn would change that. His game would be elevated to an entirely different level.