At 10-9 and sitting at the ninth seed in the Eastern Conference, the Nets desperately need to fish themselves out of mediocrity. With no picks in the 2024 NBA Draft, Brooklyn has no choice but to add talent to their roster through trades if they want to continue to compete in the playoffs like they've been doing for the past few seasons.
The trade deadline isn't until February 8, so there's still time for this team to figure out what works and what direction they want to go, but hypothetically, here are three sneaky trades that could happen within the next month or two if the Nets want to add talent. If things go the other way, we could also see Sean Marks look to part ways with veterans.
3. Trade Target: OG Anunoby
Nets receive: OG Anunoby, 2029 first-round pick (unprotected)
Raptors receive: Dorian-Finney Smith, Noah Clowney, Dariq Whitehead, 2025 first-round pick (via PHX), 2025 second-round pick (via MIA), 2028 second-round pick
Trading for Anunoby means the Nets get a scoring wing that can guard any position on the floor. Named to the 2023 all-defensive second team, the 26-year-old is hovering around 15 points per game.
The Raptors would get solid draft capital and two young players with potential in Clowney and Whitehead. They haven't had much time on the floor but were selected by Brooklyn for unique skills that the Raptors can add to their young core if they decide to follow through with the longstanding Anunoby trade rumors.
This trade makes a lot of sense for a team that ranks 20th in defensive rating at 115.0, compared to being sixth in offensive rating (117.5). The trade would require Brooklyn to sell a small piece of their future for the opportunity to move firmly into the playoff picture.
Brooklyn's starting 5 post-trade:
PG: Ben Simmons/Spencer Dinwiddie
SG: Cam Thomas
SF: Mikal Bridges
PF: OG Anunoby
C: Nic Claxton
Projected impact: +1-2 wins