Brooklyn Nets General Manager Sean Marks decided to stand pat at the trade deadline. The team will go down the stretch with what they have.
The Brooklyn Nets were never in a position to make a major splash this trade deadline. After shaking the basketball universe by signing superstars Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant over the summer. The rest of the Nets roster has been exploring a simple question: how do you get as many championship level players around these superstars?
So far this year the Nets have played 50 games: during that time Kevin Durant has missed 50 games, Kyrie Irving 30, Wilson Chandler 28, and Caris LeVert 25. Four potential starters have missed over 50% of games and the result is a team that is battling to win either the seventh and eighth seed in the Eastern Conference playoff standings. The fact Brooklyn is in the hunt alone is a victory, and the main reason Sean Marks did not feel any major trade moves were necessary.
Right now, there are only two people who will not be traded away from the Brooklyn Nets, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant. No one else is guaranteed a roster spot.
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But realistically Spencer Dinwiddie, Caris LeVert, Joe Harris, Jarrett Allen, and DeAndre Jordan are all very complimentary players to the big two. They all have such good contracts that trading them seems unfathomable.
The question will be between Taurean Prince, Garrett Temple, Rodion Kurucs, and others as to who will be allowed to join next year’s Championship level roster. As suggested by our Ed Easton Jr., the rest of the Nets season will “focus on grit and fighting through adversity.”
While the current batch of players has made it past this trade deadline as members of the team, the way they play down the stretch will determine whether or not they are a part of Brooklyn’s plans moving forward.
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