The Nets Make a Couple Moves

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Nets trade guard Jeremy Lin, a 2025 second-round pick and the right to swap picks in 2023 to Atlanta in exchange for a 2020 second-round pick, via Portland and the rights to Isaia Cordinier.

The deal was first reported by Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN. It’s not a game-changing trade by any means, but it does give the Hawks a backup point guard to Trae Young and makes it even more obvious that they’ll end up trading Dennis Schroder before this upcoming season starts, which has been rumored most of the off season. Lin is still productive, assuming he is able to bounce back from a ruptured patella tendon that he suffered this past season and at the price of $12.5 million going into the final year of his contract considering what they gave up this is solid value as the Hawks continue to rebuild.

For the Nets they just shed some salary and get even younger. They’ll be running D’Angelo Russell and Spencer Dinwiddie as their main point guards this season, which isn’t a bad 1-2 combo at all if you haven’t watched the Nets much. Those are actually two nice young pieces they have.

Denver trades Kenneth Faried, Darrell Arthur, a 2019 protected first-round pick (protected 1-12) and an unprotected second-round pick to the Nets for Isaiah Whitehead.

This deal was also reported by Adrian Wojnarowski and this is really just a salary dump. Woj is also reporting that the Nuggets will immediately waive Isaiah Whitehead.

The Nuggets will shed a good chunk of salary in this deal ($21 million) and will save even more in luxury tax penalties that they would’ve incurred after giving Nikola Jokic a max extension and giving Will Barton a very nice pay raise. The Nuggets appear to be in a pretty good spot going forward and they’d been reportedly looking to part with Faried for a while now. Even though he is very athletic his style of play has become pretty obsolete in today’s NBA.

I also like this move for the Nets. Not the additions of Faried and Arthur because those won’t do much for them, but they were able to get a first-round pick out of it. Granted if they are able to end up using the pick it won’t be an incredibly high pick, but they are still paying for the historically bad trade they made with the Celtics. Brooklyn is still stuck in the middle of a huge rebuild but really anything they can do to begin to replenish their draft picks at all is a good thing for the future of the team.

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