3 Nets that needed to be traded at the deadline that weren't

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1. Dorian Finney-Smith

When it comes to the likes of Dorian Finney-Smith, some may be questioning the notion that the Nets should have dealt him at the trade deadline, as, he has several years of experience playing in the association and has been putting up some solid numbers this season.

That said, while all these factoids may be true, at the end of the day the veteran is averaging 8.4 points and 4.6 rebounds per game this season while being paid $13.9 million in 2023-24 alone.

Does this production seem to be worthy of such a payday? I would say definitely not.

In the proper setting, Finney-Smith would be a useful tool to have coming off the bench or even in the starting five, but his salary does not reflect his contributions to the team this season at all.

Perhaps to understand this better, Cam Thomas, the second leading scorer on this Nets team, is only earning $2.2 million. In other words, Finney-Smith could have been traded for other forwards who are more lethal offensively and can be recruited at a cheaper price tag.

Trade Ideas for Finney-Smith:

  • Acquire Cam Reddish (Nets receive a seasoned, younger offensive threat)
  • Trade for Doug McDermott (Brooklyn would get a sharpshooter in return, sending a backup forward to San Antonio)