The trade deadline... is upon us (if you count Mfiondu Kabengele, which, as someone who is incredibly excited for this deadline, I sure do!). Loaded up with two nifty $5.7 million exceptions —— a disabled player exception after Spencer Dinwiddie’s partially torn ACL and the mid-level exception from the offseason —— the Brooklyn Nets will assuredly be leading the pack in the sweepstakes for Andre Drummond, LaMarcus Aldridge, Otto Porter, Gorgui Dieng, JaVale McGee, and who the heck knows who else!
But the Nets also have a trade chip in the aforementioned Dinwiddie, who is already attracting interested teams like a circling (pack? swarm? flock?) of buzzards. In this video, I break down six can’t-miss trades the Nets should look at on Thursday’s deadline.
- 1:34 Norman Powell - A 44.8% three-point shooter who can stroke threes from both the catch and pull-up. He also offers a great deal of transition zip thanks to his underrated explosiveness.
- 2:45 Thaddeus Young - A former Net himself, Young brings a niche, yet enjoyable style of playmaking to the table, dealing out 4.4 assists per game from the elbow and short roll. True story: He hasn’t missed a single floater this season, and while that is hyperbole, he is shooting an outstanding 55% from that range.
- 3:53 Kelly Oubre - A hyperathletic wings that can guard multiple positions and has found his three-point stroke after a slow start to the season. Also has a bit of a (needed) mean-streak!
- 5:05 Josh Richardson - Though he’s having a down year from three (32%), he’s made up for it by being largely spectacular from every other area of the floor. The defense has slipped since his time in Miami, but in a simplified role, there’s a real chance he finds his footing on that end of the floor again.
- 6:23 Dorian Finney-Smith - A big wing that shoots 34% from three. His contract, just 2 years and $8 million, is an absolute steal.
- 7:15 Lonzo Ball - LaMelo’s older brother has turned himself into one of the better role players in the league, balancing out his strong defensive profile with plus shooting from deep (39%!). He’s still a terrific transition thread thanks to his unteachable passing gifts, and there’s a good chance he’s the perfect 3-and-D specialist for a contender.