With Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving out of action right now, the Brooklyn Nets aren’t expected to do a lot this season. Instead, they are focusing their attention on next season, and they have big plans to become one of the biggest forces in the Eastern Conference.
They’re not only waiting to have a healthy Durant and Irving back; rumors are circulating that the Nets will be active on the trade market this summer, seeking some major roster upgrades.
A big factor that plays in their favor is that they have several trade assets that they could use to engage in a blockbuster deal in the offseason. According to Tim Bontemps of ESPN, the Nets may consider putting Spencer Dinwiddie, Jarrett Allen, and Caris LeVert in the trade package to land a “third star” next summer.
“Several people mentioned the Nets could be active in trades. Spencer Dinwiddie, Caris LeVert and Jarrett Allen are all names that rival executives believe to be available in some form. They could be attractive pieces for the Nets to package together to land a third star that sends them to the top of the conference. Some also wonder whether Brooklyn will spend big to keep unrestricted free agent Joe Harris this summer.”
This is a very good move for the Nets. Of course, having Durant and Irving healthy and ready to go is a big plus for them, but it seems like they need something else to be considered an instant favorite in the East, at the same level of the Milwaukee Bucks, Philadelphia 76ers, Miami Heat, and the Boston Celtics.
Although Bontemps doesn't mention a specific target for the Nets, seeing the package they would send, it won’t be hard for them to find a team willing to engage in a blockbuster deal.