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TRADE: Nets trade Landry Shamet to Suns for 29th pick, Jevon Carter; More Coming?!

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The Nets have traded Landry Shamet to the Suns for Jevon Carter, a 25-year-old back-up point guard with range, and the 29th pick in the 2021 NBA Draft. The Nets, with the trade, have five picks, the Nos. 27 and 29 in the first and 44, 49 and 59. Only OKC has more, as least for the time being. The trade suggests that the Nets are looking to make other moves, perhaps move up, perhaps move off DeAndre Jordan’s contract which as two years and $19.7 million remaining.

Adrian Wojnarowski was first with the news...

Meanwhile, Quinton Mayo, who covers the Wizards for MGM Sports, reports that the Nets could be part of a larger trade, one that has the Lakers sending Montrezl Harrell and Kyle Kuzma to Washington for the Wizards’ Russell Westbrook. According to Mayo and Mike Mazzeo, Harrell and Kuzma would be turned around and sent to the Nets as part of a sign-and-trade that would dispatch Spencer Dinwiddie to Washington.

Jake Fischer of Bleacher Report, without specifically discussing a Dinwiddie sign-and-trade, tweeted that indeed the Lakers-Wizards deal may expand.

Back to the Nets - Suns deal...

Carter backed up Chris Paul earlier in the year before Cameron Payne took over. A defensive specialist, he played in 60 games, one a start, averaging 4.1 points, 1.5 rebounds and 1.2 assists. He has a career shooting line of 39/38/80. Carter was drafted by Memphis out of West Virginia with the 32nd pick in 2018, then traded to Phoenix a year later.

Carter in comments posted earlier this week on Instagram suggested he was disappointed not just in the Suns loss to the Bucks in the Finals. but his role going forward...

“I’m blessed to say that I was apart of a team that was 2 games away from being champions at the highest level of basketball. Didn’t play the role I wanted to but I played my role. I’ve seen with my own eyes what it takes to be great. And I ain’t striving for nothing less...

Monty Williams, who coached Shamet as an assistant in Philly, is a big fan...

The trade is basically a salary cap wash. Carter will make $3.65 this season, slightly less than Shamet. In 2022-23, Carter will make more than $1.5 million less than Shamet. The Nets seemed reluctant to extend Shamet, a decision they would have had to make by October 18.

In the first trade grade, ESPN’s Kevin Pelton gave the Nets a B+ and the Suns a C.

Instead of one cheap year of Shamet, the Nets now get two years of Carter at a similar rate ($3.65 million this season, $3.9 million in 2022-23) and a second pick late in the first round to go with their own, No. 27 overall.

It will be interesting to see whether Carter can carve out a bigger role in Brooklyn. His defense at point guard fits what the Nets need from their role players, as does Carter’s 38% career 3-point shooting. Yet he fell out of head coach Monty Williams’ rotation in the playoffs, playing sparingly even when guards Chris Paul and Cameron Payne were unavailable as Williams favored more experienced E’Twaun Moore.

There will be others.