With 21 games played so far, the Brooklyn Nets hold the seventh seed in the Eastern Conference with a 12-9 record. Currently, the Nets are a Play-In team.
With the NBA trade deadline approaching, Sean Marks has some decisions to make. Three current Nets are expendable, but there are also three Nets whom the team cannot afford to trade.
Expendable: Nic Claxton
Nic Claxton is expendable. Despite his career season last year and a good season this year, the Nets need to look to upgrade their center position. Claxton has struggled this season defensively and poses a 110.1 defensive rating. Part of his defensive struggles are due to being 215 pounds, which leaves him vulnerable to some of the bigger centers in the league.
For the past two seasons, there have been rumors the Nets may trade for Myles Turner. Turner would be a solid player for the Nets as he is 250 pounds, which is crucial for a big man for rebounding and shot-blocking. Landing Turner would be a solid addition for the Nets as he is averaging 17.1 points, eight rebounds, and 2.1 blocks.
If the Nets could land Turner, they would have one of the most underrated center duos in the league. Pairing with Turner is former UNC Tar Heel Day' Ron Sharpe. Despite getting 12 minutes less than Claxton, Sharpe only averages two fewer turnovers than him. Sharpe and Turner would be a solid duo defensively, and if Sharpe could develop more of an offensive game, he would be even better.