The Brooklyn Nets have fallen off the rails and currently sit alone as the worst team in the NBA. Expectations were not high going into the season, but those have not even been met. With no chance of making the playoffs, Kenny Atkinson should put the focus on developing young talent on the roster. Caris LeVert has seen more minutes recently and Isaiah Whitehead has gotten steady time in the rotation even when Jeremy Lin is healthy. Taking a look at growing young prospects, Sean Marks may want to trade away Brook Lopez and bring in draft picks and other young players.
Brook Lopez is having a great season averaging 19.9 points, 5.2 rebounds, and is shooting 36.1% from deep. His ability to shoot from three has made Brook even more versatile. Lopez appears to be on the trade block every season, but this seems to be the most likely chance of Brook finding a new home. Trading away the Nets best player will give them an opportunity to bring in multiple young players and give the Nets more depth throughout their roster. Brooklyn has several players that are good growing pieces, but they are few and far between.
Multiple reports have come out saying that the Nets are looking for at least two first round picks for their center. This asking price seems to be the minimum of what Marks will take as in 2015 Timofey Mozgov was traded from the Denver Nuggets to the Cleveland Cavaliers for two first round picks. At the time Mozgov was only averaging 8.54 points per game for the Nuggets before his trade that season. Brooklyn is in a position to demand more as Lopez is performing at a near all-star level. Adding him to a contending team could change their season and put a team over the hump.
Brook will not be traded for a deal that is not going to help the future of the organization significantly. Marks would be content keeping his star if a proper deal does not get finalized. A move to trade Brook will open up playing time for Chris McCullough in the NBA and not in the D-League. The team has been impressed with his progress this year, but recently he has strictly been playing for the Long Island Nets. If Marks sees him as a true building block, it may be time to open up playing time for him.
Besides opening up time for other players, Brook will bring in top young talent that will allow the Nets to fill out their roster from top to bottom. With little to no draft picks in the upcoming years, the team will need to find a way to get better. Attracting free agents will be almost impossible, making trading for draft picks the safest bet. Determining what is best for the team will be Mark’s job before the trade deadline. If you would like to receive an email each time a new Brooklyn Nets article is published, fill out our email notification form.