NBA Trade Deadline 2023 – what will the Brooklyn Nets do?

With the NBA Trade Deadline approaching, the leaders of the 30 franchises are busy making the necessary transfers before the fateful date of February 9. Of course, each team’s situation is different, and it is precisely for this reason that we want make special deadline paper by franchise. Presenting issues, issues to watch, intentions in the transfer market… we explain it all to you. On the menu today, the Brooklyn Nets.

Are the Nets, rather buyers or sellers at the deadline?

After a tumultuous start to the season following the summer of 2022, the Nets managed to raise the bar nicely under the command of new coach Jacque Vaughn: 18 wins in 20 games, a huge rise in the standings ( fourth in the Is at the time of these lines, recording 28 wins – 17 losses), a collective running very well behind superstars Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, and inevitable ambitions that suddenly got stronger as many saw the this team exploded not long ago.

And who said those ambitions would grow stronger, especially around the time of the NBA Trade Deadline. Therefore, the Nets will be among the buyers in the next three weeks, those who are (re)discovering how dependent they are on Kevin Durant at the moment (four losses in five games since his knee injury) and want to consolidate their position a little more. frontcourt.

The Nets player(s) that could be moved

To try to boost morale, the Nets may decide to let go Joe Harris, with a rather interesting contract as part of a potential transfer (18 million dollars a year, 39 million until 2024). Moreover, after last year’s season marred by injuries, the 31-year-old sniper is having a rather complicated campaign with statistics of just 8.2 points on 38.6% from 3-point range. A production far below what Joe offered in previous years when he was considered an invaluable member of the Brooklyn team.

Another player who could be moved elsewhere in the next three weeks: cam thomas. A hyper-talented scorer when he has minutes, the sophomore full-back has nevertheless spent more time on the bench than on the pitch this season. Brooklyn’s offensive galleys without Kevin Durant will certainly give him plenty of opportunities between now and the deadline, but there are still questions about his future in Brooklyn. And there’s a way that his offensive potential interests people all over the NBA.

The players are coveted by the Nets

We said above, Brooklyn needs meat on the racket. Because as much as we like Nic Claxton’s development and expect increased power from Ben Simmons, it’s still a bit light in view of potential Playoff matchups against guys like Joel Embiid, Giannis Antetokounmpo and some others.

Among the names associated with the Nets recently, we have an example within the Hawks John Collins, again in transfer rumors this year and possibly being pushed out of Atlanta. You should also watch carefully Jakob Poeltl, which the Spurs intend to move to boost their reconstruction process. Often underrated but extremely valuable in his role (12 points, 9 rebounds and more than one against average), the San Antonio pivot ticks a lot of boxes compared to the Nets’ needs.

Myles Turner, a regular in the rumor mill, is still one of the files to watch even though his good season in Indiana (17 points, 8 rebounds, 2.4 blocks, nearly 39% on 3-pointers) could lead to a contract extension only moving in for the next three weeks. The target may be more realistic than the Pacers interior: Mo Bamba, who is barely a part of the rotation in Orlando but will bring an additional athletic dimension to Brooklyn. Also mention the Wolves pivot Naz Reidin the final year of his contract with Minnesota.

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