I was asked to make the Nets selection in the SB Nation NBA Mock Draft and, well, I think I made an interesting move.
Yes, I traded the pick to the Orlando Magic, no less, and I'd think I did pretty well -- at the very least, I think I made a "realistic deal." One that you could actually see happen on draft night.
Here's the deal...
Hey, not bad, right?
My thinking was that, at this point in the draft, there was no player on the board who I felt could come in and make an immediate impact on this team. So, I went and took offers for the pick -- you know, the famed HBAP -- and I felt like Evan Dunlap of Orlando Pinstriped Post and I were able to make a fair deal that would help both teams.
The main reason this trade works for the Nets is because they are built to win-ish now, with Johnson, Williams, Lopez and Wallace on the books for three more seasons. They have no cap space and no young assets, which makes a major blockbuster trade difficult to pull off. They can't trade Wallace or Johnson, and they won't trade Williams or Lopez. What my thinking was, improve the bench by adding Davis and Affllalo, who can provide the offense in the second unit that Hump and Brooks couldn't. In fact, the Nets get two players who started last season for the Orlando Magic and scored 15-plus points per game, and Nicholson, a young player with plenty of ability -- who arguably could turn out to be better than anyone available at No. 22 in this year's draft.
Once Gorgui Dieng went off the board, there didn't seem to be a player who fits the Nets needs -- a big who can come in and play right away. It's not a perfect trade for the Nets, but given their window and need to upgrade the bench, it worked for me. Does it work for the NetsDaily readers? Well... #FireLorenzo.
I was pretty happy to get Nicholson back in the deal. While he may not be a superstar in the making, he's a big body who can come off the bench, and I really believe that there's a chance he becomes a better pro than anyone sitting there at No. 22.
So, what do you guys think? #FireLorenzo?
[Update: I should have added this earlier, but here is Evan's explanation on why the Magic wold do a deal like this...]
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