The Brooklyn Nets are very much in a year of transition. With Kevin Durant recovering from a torn Achilles, this season is more about nurturing team chemistry then it is about making a deep playoff run. Their 3-4 record is evidence of that.
Might it also be an opportunity for roster tweaks?
In a trade proposal by Bleacher Report’s Zach Buckley, the Nets would send Spencer Dinwiddie, Joe Harris, and a 2020 first-round pick for Orlando’s Aaron Gordon.
Brooklyn does this deal for defense but also with the knowledge Gordon’s offensive limitations might be less damning—or, if you’re feeling glass-overflowing levels of optimism, erased—by having the likes of Durant and Kyrie Irving around him.
For Orlando, this is a way to clear the frontcourt clutter and turn someone who isn’t a great fit for this roster and might be plateauing shy of stardom into three valuable assets.
For Orlando, they’d get some exciting assets in exchange for clearing room in the front-court.
On Brooklyn’s side, with the likes of Durant, Irving, and Gordon, the Nets would, in theory, have enough star power to compete for a title in 2021. As a young and athletic forward, Gordon has plenty of room to grow and develop his game. At his worst, he provides a solid, athletic presence around the rim.
Gordon is averaging 11.9 points and 6.6 rebounds in 7 games this season.