The Brooklyn Nets are seemingly gearing up to be buyers at this year's trade deadline, with recent reports revealing they're eyeing an upgrade at their point guard position.
Per Michael Scotto of HoopsHype, the Nets are one of a handful of teams who have expressed "interest" in pursuing Wizards floor general, Tyus Jones. According to the report, they, along with the Magic, Spurs, Lakers, and Timberwolves, would likely have to match or exceed Washington's asking-price of a future first-round pick to even have them "consider" parting with the veteran.
With the fact being that they have a desperate need for a new lead guard, coupled with their desires of vying for a postseason berth in 2023-24, offering up one of their handful of extra draft picks to accomplish such a goal could prove to be well worth it, especially when considering a guy like Jones is truly one of the more underrated players at his position in the entire association.
Grizzlies could look to trade for highly underrated guard, Tyus Jones
In just his first season as a full-time starter, Jones has established himself as one of the most efficient and reliable dime droppers the game currently has to offer. Through 49 games played, the 27-year-old is dishing out 10.4 assists per 100 possessions and leads the NBA in assist-to-turnover ratio (7.07) out of those who have logged 800 or more minutes on the season.
On top of his passing abilities, the ninth-year pro is an incredibly reliable shooter from virtually anywhere on the floor, as he's posting 12.2 points a night while converting on 49.1 percent of his attempts from the floor and 39.2 percent of his attempts from deep.
From a sheer statistics standpoint, adding Jones to this Nets squad could prove to have numerous positive effects, especially in the facilitation (rank 18 in total assists), bucket-getting (25 in total points), and overall shooting (25 in field goal percentage) departments.
However, his presence within the lineup would almost certainly go on to positively impact current cornerstones Mikal Bridges and Cam Thomas who, as fans have witnessed when running alongside a healthy Ben Simmons, see their respective games elevate to much higher levels with a highly capable table setter on the floor.
A natural playmaker in many senses of the word, in the final days leading up to February 8's trade deadline, the Nets should strongly consider pursuing the likes of Jones.
According to reports, they appear to be getting a bit of a head start on such an endeavor.