The Brooklyn Nets have already started making waves in trade deadline season, putting themselves in prime position to acquire high-quality assets and shed money at the same time.
For the first time since the Celtics trade, the Nets have the ability to amass a collection of young talent. Here’s how they do it ahead of the February 8. trade deadline:
Trade Option One:
Brooklyn Nets Receive:
Why the Brooklyn Nets make this trade:
Spencer Dinwiddie and Quincy Acy are members of the “Underrated Quality Players who are About to Get P-A-I-D” group and given the conflicting timelines with the Nets, should be on a different team by February 10.
Dinwiddie trade value has never been higher, making a huge leap to become an above average starting point guard right as he’s poised to enter his prime. Acy’s proving himself to be a reliable stretch 4 who won’t hemorrhage points defensively.
Unfortunately for the still rebuilding Nets, neither player fits the Nets’ timeline, but the team should still be looking to maximize their value via trade.
Moreover, while Mudiay and Beasley have been wildly disappointing thus far in their careers, they are still brimming with potential. Both have first-round pedigree, and are young enough (average age of 21) to become quality players in the league.
Even though he’s lost his starting spot in Denver, Mudiay has flashed serious potential as a good point guard in the NBA and should only get better with age. While Beasley looks every bit the part of the ever-coveted athletic 3&D wing that could make him a valuable player in a different situation.
The Nets should still be looking for cost-controlled assets with potential in the vein of a Mudiay or Beasley, while waiting to get out from under the ramifications of the worst trade in NBA history.
Denver Nuggets Receive:
Why the Nuggets make this trade:
As good as Jamal Murray has been lately (averaging nearly 19.6 points per game in his last 20 meetings), the Nuggets still need a secondary facilitator next to Nikola Jokic. Spencer Dinwiddie could fill a myriad of gaps on the Nuggets, aiding their woeful defensive efforts (22nd in defensive rating), while providing enough offensive juice to boost their already lethal attack (8th in offensive rating).
Quincy Acy provides the Nuggets with another big who can stretch the floor and can hang defensively. Given the fact that his deal expires this summer and he could be expensive to retain, he’ll likely only be a rental for Denver.
Although Acy and Dinwiddie should help the Nuggets finally get to the playoffs, they make this trade is to get rid of Mudiay. He’s been dreadful his first three years, failing to live up to any expectations of him coming out of the draft and at times looking borderline-hopeless.
Beasley hasn’t looked much better thus far. He looks the part of an athletic 3&D wing, but for some reason hasn’t been able to get minutes his first-round pedigree would suggest (career 9.1 minutes per game).
The Nuggets need to offload these players while their age (both 21) still inspires hope in their potential.