The Brooklyn Nets traded Kevin Durant to the Phoenix Suns for a bunch of players and draft compensation. Durant’s move comes after Kyrie Irving traded to the Dallas Mavericks a few days ago. The Suns paid a king’s ransom to acquire their player, parting ways with some of their most reliable rotation players.
Who are the Brooklyn Nets getting in exchange for Kevin Durant to the Phoenix Suns?
The Brooklyn Nets will receive Mikal Bridges, Jae Crowder, Cam Johnson, along with four unprotected future first-round picks and additional draft compensation. The Nets added quality depth to their roster with these additions, which could still keep them in the hunt for at least a playing spot.
Ben Simmons could return to the point guard position, with Spencer Dinwiddie as his backcourt partner. Mikal Bridges and Cam Johnson could join Nicolas Claxton in the frontcourt. The Nets have incredible size and length after the Durant and Irving trades. They can make a deal with these pieces if they want to add star talent.
The Brooklyn Nets could move the pieces acquired from the Kevin Durant trade
The Brooklyn Nets have a dead end in wing depth after Kevin Durant traded to the Phoenix Suns. They got Dorian Finney-Smith from the Dallas Mavericks for Kyrie Irving, and he will be joined by Jae Crowder, Cam Johnson and Mikal Bridges from the Suns.
The Nets already have wings like Royce O’Neale, Joe Harris and Yuta Watanabe. That’s seven players who could play both attacking positions. Some of them could be on the market before the trade deadline.
Brooklyn is likely going into a rebuild after the departures of Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving. Ben Simmons is a long way from being an All-Star, so he’s unlikely to keep his depth intact, hoping to build around the Australian fullback.
The Nets could move older players like O’Neale, Finney-Smith, Harris and Crowder. They appear to be available to other candidates. Meanwhile, younger players like Mikal Bridges and Cam Johnson could also be on the move, but Brooklyn could be looking for significant compensation.
Either way, the Nets could get a bunch of draft picks in exchange for most of their wings, which could be helpful in their rebuild. These players bring an excellent 3-iD presence, so their fit with the Nets or elsewhere is not in doubt.
However, the trade deadline has been unpredictable so far. It’s anyone’s guess what the Nets will decide to do with their assets, but a few more moves could be inevitable.
Poll : Who is your MVP pick for Super Bowl LVII?