The trade deadline has come and gone and everyone on the Brooklyn Nets, except Rashad Vaughn, who was here for four days, survived.
DeMarre Carroll and Joe Harris were the names connected to the most rumors and discussion of anyone on the roster, but on Friday afternoon, they were still here, highlighting an organizational desire for continuity.
For Harris, it was meh, although people closest to him were concerned throughout the process.
“I didn’t really put a ton of thought into it to be honest,” Harris said of the deadline. “I think it was harder for the people that are closest to me than it was for me to be honest. They’re the ones who were pestering me with all the questions. I didn’t really put a whole lot of thought into it because a lot of times, a lot of the speculation is more built up than what’s actually going on behind closed doors.
“So I knew that if something were to actually be happening, I have a lot of trust in my agent, I have a good relationship with Sean (Marks), with Trajan (Langdon), and the rest of the front office,” he added. “I know that if anything were to be happening they’re very good at being transparent and talking to us about it.”
The decision to keep Harris may extend through free agency. Zach Lowe wrote after the deadline that the Nets see the 26-year-old free agent as a “potential core player” going forward.
For Carroll, he was appreciative that the organization chose to keep him rather than add cap space for this summer ... like a rumored Carroll for Al Jefferson deal would have afforded Brooklyn.
“It was great because I was just excited to see how much this organization values my leadership on and off the court,” said the Nets unofficial spokesmen. “All these young guys I feel like I’m a big brother to. I’ve built a strong relationship with all these guys. I’m just excited to be here, continuing to help this team build that culture and keep growing.”
Kenny Atkinson was in favor of what the Nets did, acquiring veteran combo forward Dante Cunningham in exchange for the aforementioned Vaughn, and maintaining much of the same fort in doing so.
“I like what we did,” said Atkinson. “I told Sean when we went home yesterday that I thought we got a little better. I like continuity. I like that we’ve got the same group of guys we’ve been working with for a long time. I do like that as a coach. I think it’s important. From our perspective we got a little better.”
Carroll said that just days before the deadline, he, Marks and Atkinson talked about a mutual desire to enhance the culture the Nets want to build, and keeping the same personnel to establish the framework.
“I know Sean was talking to my agent about how much they value me, how important I am to this,” Carroll told reporters. “They did a good job of just keeping me informed of different scenarios. Then the other day, they told me they wanted me here and I wanted to be here.”
Although Dinwiddie didn’t talk to the media Friday, he had to happy as well. He had said prior to the deadline that he wanted to stay. “With the way everything has gone, Brooklyn is home,” said Dinwiddie. The point guard may have been the closest to the door. Cleveland offer the Nets their own first rounder, but the Nets wanted “a lot,” said Lowe in his podcast with Brian Windhorst Friday.
Unfortunately for Brooklyn, now they’ll have to do some work and put together the 60-second Rashad Vaughn tribute video on Saturday, as the Nets face the New Orleans Pelicans, whom they sent Vaughn to in exchange for Cunningham on Thursday.