The Brooklyn Nets started the 2016-17 NBA season with a loss to the Boston Celtics, 122-117. To everyone’s surprise, Brook Lopez, who was supposed to be the Nets’ best player, became a non-factor in the first half of the game. Should the Nets consider trading him before the deadline?
The Nets have added 10 new players to their roster this offseason and hired a new head coach, Kenny Atkinson. In most predictions, the Nets are projected to struggle this season mainly because they have not done a major improvement on their roster other than the acquisition of Jeremy Lin.
The Nets are still suffering the consequence of the blockbuster deal that cost them first-round picks. If the predictions are right, the Nets should consider trading one of their best players for some quality assets. According to Brian Lewis of the New York Post, they could trade center Brook Lopez to a title contender team before the February deadline.
“With the Nets hunting for assets and able to bring back a windfall for Lopez, they could move him at the trade deadline to a desperate contender that feels it is just a star big man away,” Lewis said.
According to ESPN, several NBA teams are interested in acquiring Brook Lopez from the Nets, including the Boston Celtics, Milwaukee Bucks, Charlotte Hornets, and the Portland Trail Blazers. Of all the four teams, the Celtics could be an ideal trade partner if the Nets want to speed up the rebuilding process.
The Celtics have frequently mentioned in various trade rumors in the past months mainly pertaining their need of another quality big man to pair with Al Horford. With their goal to be a title contender this season, the Celtics should consider improving their roster in order to match the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors.
The Celtics have plenty of young assets and the two of Brooklyn’s future first-round picks. Trading Brook Lopez could be a tough decision for the Nets. However, if they find themselves heading to a similar situation, expect them to make a move before the deadline.
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