In the Post’s compilation of New Year’s predictions, Brian Lewis writes that he believes Sean Marks is ready to make a new deal.... maybe this week!
GM Sean Marks has completely remade the roster, and Trader Sean may not be done. Don’t be surprised if Brooklyn makes another deal before the Feb. 8 deadline, and perhaps even within the next week or so. The Nets have some reclamation projects outperforming their contracts (Spencer Dinwiddie, Joe Harris) and buyout candidates (Timofey Mozgov).
In fact, NetsDaily has heard a variation on the same theme, that a trade could come “soon,” but without any details as to who or when.
What might it be? We long ago learned not to speculate on trades. Some come out of the blue, some may have been rumored but the final version looks nothing like rumor. That said, Lewis and others have argued that Harris is an interesting candidate since if the trade deadline passes and he’s still on the team, the Nets will have a tough decision to make. They’ll either have to pay him in the neighborhood of $5 million or lose him for nothing. (Of course, predicting free agency is much like predicting trades, particularly this summer when few teams will have cap space.)
What might the Nets get back in a deal? They are still in the market for draft picks. They still haven’t full restocked the shelves, particularly second rounders. And a stretch-4 would be nice.
Lewis also predicts that D’Angelo Russell will not just make it back, but make it back big-time.
D’Angelo Russell will have a career breakout. Big guards often tend to take longer to fully mature, and it’s easy to forget Russell is just 21. But he was averaging 20.9 points and 5.7 assists when he hurt his knee — potential rust aside — and is poised to pick up where he left off when he returns in a couple weeks.
Nothing from Lewis on Jahlil Okafor, but then everyone has already made their own predictions on him.