The notorious draft pick swap with Atlanta, the next to last payment on the Joe Johnson tab --there's a 2017 second rounder left, will result in the Nets picking 29th or next to last in the first round and the Hawks picking 15th. If the Nets had fallen into the lottery, the Hawks could have picked 11th ... and had a chance at a higher pick when the ping pong balls are tossed on May 19. The Nets will also pick at No. 43, a pick they received in the Jason Kidd compensation package.
According to Draft Express, the 29th pick could yield Delon Wright, a 6'5" point guard from Utah, where he was coached by former Avery Johnson assistant Larry Krystkowiak. At No. 15, reports DX in its latest mock, the Hawks will have a chance at Sam Dekker, the 6'9" shooting star of NCAA runner-up Wisconsin. At No. 43, Draft Express has the Nets taking Buddy Hield, a 6'4" shooting guard out of Oklahoma.
In the past, the Nets have also bought picks in the second round. Last season, they bought three, those that yielded Markel Brown, Xavier Thames and Cory Jefferson, for a total price tag of $1.9 million. This year, they have $2.3 million available. Billy King told a group of season ticket holders last month that if the Nets do buy a pick late in the draft, it will likely be an international player who they can stash in Europe, as they did with Bojan Bogdanovic. How'd that work out?