This trade also opens the door for them to move on from Dennis Schröder now that they have two real point guards in Trae Young and Lin. The only real way I can see this hurting the Hawks is if the Brooklyn Nets somehow get an All-Star with a protected second-round pick in 2020. But outside of that, this is a great trade for Atlanta.
Brooklyn Nets: A-
Who they got: Kenneth Faried and Darrell Arthur, a 2019 protected first-round pick and a 2020 second-round pick, Rights to Isaia Cordinier and 2020 second-round pick via Portland
Who they sent: Jeremy Lin, 2025 second-round pick and the right to swap second-round picks in 2023, Isaiah Whitehead
As a self-confessed Nuggets fan at heart, there’s a reason that as soon as the trade news broke, my phone blew up with texts from other Nuggets fans happy to finally have Faried and Arthur’s contracts off the books. But they also did what they’ve been doing for the last few years; taking on semi-bad contracts for droves of draft picks. It’s not like Faried and Arthur are entirely useless. Faried was one of the NBA’s premier energizers and Arthur is a decent 3&D forward in short spurts, plus his leadership works in any situation.