The Brooklyn Nets don’t have lottery picks until 2019 which makes it harder to undergo a rebuilding process. According to the latest NBA rumors, the Nets will be trading Brook Lopez for younger assets and future first-round picks if the team struggles mid-season.
The Nets are still suffering the consequences of the 2013 blockbuster trade that sent Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, and Jason Terry to Brooklyn in exchange for multiple players and future first-round picks. The experiment was considered a failure as the former Celtics superstars failed to give the Nets a championship title.
The 2015-16 NBA season was a disaster after the Nets finished in the 14 spot in the Eastern Conference with a win-loss record of 21-61. When the offseason started, the Nets tried to rebuild their roster and create a younger team. To start, they traded Thaddeus Young to the Indiana Pacers for the draft rights to Caris Levert.
In free agency, Jeremy Lin reunited with coach Kenny Atkinson with the expectation that ‘Linsanity’ will be a rebirth in Brooklyn. Lin and Brook Lopez are now tasked to lead the Nets in the upcoming season. With Lin as their biggest acquisition this summer, the Nets are still expected to suffer another disappointing season.
In the ESPN Summer Forecast, the Brooklyn Nets are projected to finish in the 14th spot, together with the Philadelphia 76ers, in the Eastern Conference. This is quite expected as most teams in the East have managed to make major improvements on their roster to challenge LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.
If the projections come true, it will be best for the Nets to trade their veterans for young assets and future first-round picks. Michael Pina of RealGM suggested that the Nets should trade center Brook Lopez. The 28-year-old big man will definitely have a high value in the market and could possibly speed up the rebuilding process for the Nets.
“They will not be good this year, next year, or the year after that. With no lottery picks until 2019, the only way they can better themselves is via the trade market and free agency—in a marketplace where cap space is more necessary than special. They need to start over around a young nucleus, something Brooklyn’s incoming front office/coaching staff understands, which is why they traded Thaddeus Young to the Indiana Pacers for the 20th overall pick in last June’s draft.” Pina said.
In their first four preseason games, it was very noticeable that the Lin-Lopez pick-and-roll combination does not work for the Nets. Brook Lopez admitted that they are yet to find the right chemistry and still learning to adapt Atkinson’s motion offense.
Bleacher Report listed Brook Lopez as one of the players who could be traded during the 2016-17 NBA season. The 28-year-old center had an impressive stats in the past seasons, averaging 18.3 points, 7.4 rebounds, and 1.7 blocks per game.
Lopez could look attractive to some NBA teams who dreamt of contending for the NBA championship title in the upcoming season. Bleacher Report also hinted that no one on the Nets’ roster is off-limits. If the Nets struggle in the upcoming season, expect Brook Lopez to be traded for the deadline.
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