Those who predicted the Nets would do little to nothing at the trade deadline were proven right. Not only did Sean Marks do absolutely nothing but there wasn’t even a Nets rumor to talk about as the 3 p.m. deadline approached!
As we noted earlier in the day...
Nets have won 4 of last 5, 5 of last 7 including wins by 41 and 22. Confidence very high says @SDinwiddie_25. Best player @KyrieIrving out, but coming back soon. @KDTrey5 doing well in rehab. Yeah, competition level was low, but doesn’t seem to be a need to make big deal now.— NetsDaily (@NetsDaily) February 6, 2020
This is the first trade deadline that Marks didn’t make a deal as Nets GM. In 2017, 2018 and 2019, the Nets acquired a draft pick in a salary dump. Marks was hired at the deadline in 2016.
Also, D’Angelo Russell wound up being traded (again) hours after he played in the Warriors loss to the Nets on Wednesday night. DLo is headed to Minnesota for Andrew Wiggins. The Warriors also wound up with a protected 2021 first-round pick and a 2021 second-round pick. The Timberwolves also receive Jacob Evans and Omari Spellman.
Overall, it was a busy deadline. The league saw two three-team deals and a four-team deal over the past 48 hours, but none of those teams were the Nets.
Now, attention will turn to the Nets 15th roster spot. It opened it up when Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot’s second ten day deal expired two days ago. Brooklyn could re-sign TLC to a standard NBA deal or look at the free agent market. Among those waived after the deadline were three point guards Trey Burke, Isaiah Thomas and Tim Frazier.
The next deadline is March 1, the buyout deadline.
The Nets don’t play again until Saturday when the travel to Toronto. No word on Kyrie Irving’s availability after suffering a right knee sprain on Saturday in Washington. Nets said Sunday that he would be re-evaluated in a week.
- Nets opt to keep core intact with quiet NBA trade deadline - Brian Lewis - New York Post
- Nets don’t make any deals at trade deadline - Greg Logan - Newsday
- Analyzing every NBA trade deadline deal from the Nets’ perspective - Alex Schiffer - The Athletic New York
- Hectic end to the NBA’s trade window, but some teams sat out - Tim Reynolds - AP