According to Chad Ford and Mark Stein of ESPN.com, there have been rumblings that the Nets are interested in trading MarShon Brooks in exchange for an additional first-rounder.
The Nets also have $3 million at their disposal, which general manager Billy King could use to purchase a second-round pick. He could also choose to use assets like Kris Humphries’ expiring contract, Brooks’ rookie-scale deal, cash or a combination of the three to trade up or to acquire more picks.
Or King, notorious for making draft-night deals (he’s made eight in twelve seasons as an NBA general manager), could trade the No. 22 pick and move out of the first-round altogether.
Let’s take a closer look at three realistic trades the Nets could pull off on Thursday evening.
MarShon Brooks for the Minnesota Timberwolves’ No. 26 Pick
According to Stein, the Timberwolves are interested in trading their first-round pick to the Nets in exchange for Brooks. The Nets’ 2011 first-round selection, acquired via a draft-day trade with the Boston Celtics, had a rough second season in the NBA, averaging just 5.4 points in 12.5 minutes per game.
Brooks never fully earned the trust of the coaching staff and didn’t do himself any favors with his inconsistent performance on the court. Based on what Stein and many others are reporting, it seems the Nets aren’t intent on including the 24-year-old in their future plans.
Even still, the Wolves are apparently high on Brooks, who has potential as scorer. Whether it’s in a starting role or coming off the bench, he could play a larger role on a less talented team in Minnesota.
A source told Stefan Bondy of the Daily News that the “proposal is on the table waiting for the Timberwolves approval.”
MarShon Brooks and Mirza Teletovic for the Timberwolves’ No. 26 pick and Luke Ridnour
According to Bondy, there is also speculation that point guards J.J. Barea or Luke Ridnour could be included in the trade for Brooks. With C.J. Watson planning to opt out of his contract on June 30, the Nets may feel they’re in need of an additional reserve guard.
Luke Ridnour would provide the Nets with a suitable replacement for Watson at a reasonable price. Ridnour is a veteran player with nine years of NBA experience. He’s averaged 11.5 points, 3.8 assists and 2.5 rebounds per game for his career, and he is capable of playing both point guard and shooting guard.
Mirza Teletovic has potential as a serviceable stretch 4, but things didn’t work out for him in Brooklyn last season. He could be rejuvenated by a change of scenery, and the Nets won’t be in dire need of a shooter if they decide to bring over Croatian sharpshooter Bojan Bogdanovic.
Ridnour is set to make $4.3 million in 2013-14, while Brooks and Teletovic will make a combined $4.4 million.
Kris Humphries and the No. 22 pick for Aaron Afflalo and Glen Davis
The Nets worked out centers Gorgui Dieng and Jeff Withey earlier in the month, but if both are off the board when Brooklyn is on the clock, King could trade the No. 22 pick and Kris Humphries’ expiring contract to the Orlando Magic for Aaron Afflalo and Glen Davis.
Humphries will make $12 million in 2013-14, while Afflalo and Davis are due to make a combined $14.1 million.
Afflalo and Davis are players who will make an immediate impact for a Nets team that’s loaded with all-star talent. They would also improve the team’s depth and provide a scoring punch coming off the bench.
The Magic, on the other hand, are a team that’s in rebuilding mode. The deal would help Orlando shed a little salary and give them the opportunity to find a potential superstar with an additional first-round pick. Humphries’ expiring contract will be valuable at next year’s trade deadline and won’t hurt the Magic’s long-term salary-cap situation.
Even after trading out of the first round, the Nets could use the $3 million they have at their disposal to buy a pick in the second round, where centers like Mike Muscala or Mason Plumlee might still be available.
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