Nets swap Dorian Finney-Smith for former All-Star guard in 3-team trade idea

Dec 13, 2023; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Dorian Finney-Smith (28) against the
Dec 13, 2023; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Dorian Finney-Smith (28) against the / Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Following their latest loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Brooklyn Nets have now dropped seven of their last eight games and find themselves boasting a rather lowly record of 16-22.

Nevertheless, even with all this in mind, as things currently stand Jacque Vaughn's squad still is in a position to qualify for the Play-In Tournament as they reside in the 10 seed out in the Eastern Conference standings.

Assuming the team's goal is still to remain competitive and fight for their sixth-straight postseason berth, it goes without question that they could use for some sort of shakeup in order to get back to a winning brand of basketball.

Recently, Bleacher Report's Eric Pincus constructed a hypothetical three-team trade scenario that he believes could provide the Nets with something of a solution to their recent woes.

Nets reunite with D'Angelo Russell in multi-team trade proposal

B/R Grizz, Lakers, Nets

Citing their need for additional play-makers along with a stable presence at the highly important point guard position, Pincus proposes the idea of swapping out the likes of Dorian Finney-Smith in exchange for a reunion with former franchise cornerstone, D'Angelo Russell.

"Brooklyn (16-21) is still developing an identity, but Russell helps where the team needs it most at guard. He was an All-Star for the Nets in 2018-19, but when the opportunity came to get Kevin Durant, Brooklyn sent Russell to the Golden State Warriors.

Now the team is loaded with wings but light at guard—and shooting. Veteran Spencer Dinwiddie, 30, who will be a free agent this summer, is averaging 13.8 points and 6.3 assists per game while shooting just 31.8 percent from three-point range. Russell is at 14.6 and 6.1 for the Lakers but on 38.3 percent from behind the arc.

The Nets improve at the point while parting with a reliable starter in Finney-Smith (31 in May). Russell is younger (almost 28) and has a player option next season for $18.7 million."

Eric Pincus

Though perhaps no longer viewed as the All-Star he once was during his two-year stint with the Nets from 2017 through 2019, Russell is still a highly capable starting point guard who can play-make both for himself as well as for others, both are attributes this team desperately needs alongside star Mikal Bridges.

Currently in year nine of his NBA career, the former second-overall selection finds himself posting impressive per-game averages of 14.7 points, 6.1 assists, and 2.7 rebounds while shooting 46.4 percent from the floor and 38.5 percent from distance.

On top of being an obvious upgrade over every other option they currently have residing at the one spot, Russell is still only 28 years old and is under contract through next season (player option), meaning that he could serve as the team's primary floor general both for the remainder of this year and, potentially, for many more to come if this trade were to be executed.

His inside-out scoring packages would be a major luxury to have within Brooklyn's rather stagnant offense while his underrated court vision would likely go on to benefit the likes of Bridges, Cam Johnson, Cam Thomas, and the rest of the club's primary scoring talents.

Getting this type of package without having to shell out any future firsts or committing to a long-term financial burden could be seen as a borderline heist and, while parting with Dorian Finney-Smith may be a tough pill for some to swallow, the upside of D-Lo being back in the borough and running the completely decimated point guard position could easily prove to be worth it.