Kessler Edwards who filled in admirably last season after the Nets were decimated by injury is being traded to the Sacramento Kings along with $2.6 million of cash considerations in return for draft rights to 28-year-old French point guard David Michineau. The deal that will save the Nets $8 million in salary and luxury taxes as well as open a roster spot.
In Sacramento, Edwards will be closer to his roots in southern California.
Adrian Wojnarowski was first with the news, noting that it’s possible Edwards will be moved again before Thursday’s trade deadline...
Edwards is expected now to approve the trade, source tells ESPN. Kings intend to give Edwards an opportunity to play with their G League affiliate in Stockton, but with two days to go until trade deadline his future will remain fluid. https://t.co/Oo33fKQtr0— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 7, 2023
By opening a roster spot — the Nets now have 14 players under contract plus two two-ways — Brooklyn may be presaging another deal, one that would require the Nets to take on more players than they move out.
The 6’8” wing, the 44th pick in the 2021 Draft, started out as a two-way player, but with so many injuries to Nets wings, he wound up playing 48 games, 23 of them starts, before the Nets converted his deal to a regular season contract. He finished averaging 5.9 points and 3.5 rebounds filling the 3-and-D role. This season, after the Nets bolstered their wing corps, Edwards spent most of his time with Long Island on assignment, averaging only 1.1 points and 1.0 boards. The addition of Dorian Finney-Smith in Monday’s trade made Edwards even more superfluous.
Michineau is 6’4” who currently plays for Napoli in the Italian League. He’s not considered an NBA prospect.
The details on the cash considerations weren’t revealed till Eric Pincus of Hoopshype tweeted them five days after the trade was concluded...
Not sure if this was reported, but the Nets are sending $2.58m to the Kings in the Kessler Edwards trade. I'll crunch the Nets' before/after in relation to the tax once I crunch all the deals (including the up-in-the-air 4-way swap)— Eric Pincus (@EricPincus) February 12, 2023