The biggest winner after Thursday's moves may not be Caris LeVert or Isaiah Whitehead but Chris McCullough. With the departure of Thaddeus Young, the Nets have one power forward under contract, McCullough.
The current roster features McCullough, a center, Brook Lopez, and a lot of swingmen and point guards: Jarrett Jack who has a team option due next Thursday; Wayne Ellington who has a player option due next Wednesday; Bojan Bogdanovic; Rondae Hollis-Jefferson; Sean Kilpatrick; LeVert; and Whitehead. The Nets also have until next Thursday to decide whether to make Willie Reed and Markel Brown restricted free agents.
As Leo Sepkowitz of SLAM writes, "following yesterday’s trade of Thaddeus Young, McCullough is in line for serious minutes as a sophomore." After the 6'11" McCullough returned in February, he took his time getting acclimated to the NBA, by in April with Young mostly resting, he averaged 8 points, 5 boards, 2 steals and a three in 21 minutes a night.