The Brooklyn Nets are rumored to be hell-bent on bolstering the talent group around star centerpiece Mikal Bridges ahead of this year's trade deadline, with the most oft-mentioned potential target being Atlanta Hawks guard, Dejounte Murray.
Though there are arguably multiple players who could be seen as worthwhile options the front office should consider pursuing prior to February's cut-off, the All-Star floor general is believed to be at the top of the franchise's wish-list.
In turn, this has led fans and media pundits alike toward consistently constructing hypothetical trade scenarios that, in theory, could wind up sending Murray out to the borough if executed and, recently, Zach Buckley of Bleacher Report threw his hat into the ring by proposing a package involving shipping Spencer Dinwiddie outbound.
New Nets trade idea swaps Spencer Dinwiddie for Dejounte Murray
Despite their recent losing ways (2-10 over their last 12 games) and lackluster overall record of 17-25 on the year, it still seems as though the Nets are just one piece away from making some serious noise in the Eastern Conference, and, by all accounts, a stud point guard could be exactly what they require.
To many, Murray is the ideal target to fill this need, and Buckley believes this exchange could be enough to make such an addition happen.
"If the Nets are trying to win with Mikal Bridges, their window to do so is right now.- Zach Buckley
Their talent base needs some expanding, and a Murray trade would achieve that. The last time he had control of an offense (on the 2021-22 San Antonio Spurs), he averaged 21.1 points, 9.2 assists (against 2.6 turnovers), 8.3 rebounds and a league-leading 2.0 steals.
Brooklyn has been linked to the 2022 All-Star, per Yahoo Sports' Jake Fischer, and previously discussed a deal involving Spencer Dinwiddie, per SNY's Ian Begley. This theoretical swap could have legs."
One of the league's premiere two-way backcourt talents, Murray currently finds himself 43 games into his second season with the Atlanta Hawks where he's posting stellar averages of 21.4 points, 5.0 rebounds, 5.0 assists, and 1.3 steals on 47.1 percent shooting from the floor and 39.0 percent shooting from deep despite playing a rather unnatural, off-ball type of roll alongside Trae Young.
A move to Brooklyn would allow the 27-year-old to slide back to being the unquestioned lead guard where, as Buckley noted, he's proven capable of flourishing, and would create one of the game's most ferocious two-way tandems with him running alongside their current budding star in Bridges.
Getting this type of talent in exchange for a couple of protected future firsts and a player in Spencer Dinwiddie who, by all accounts, looks to be heading out either at this year's deadline or in free agency anyway could be viewed as a borderline robbery assuming all goes according to plan as far as Murray's fit within this Nets lineup.
Easily one of the best proposals out there in regard to this ongoing potential trade scenario, the Nets would be overjoyed if they could get a deal like this done.