The Brooklyn Nets are at a crossroads. Sitting outside the playoff picture in the Eastern Conference with a 20-29 record, the Nets are having an underwhelming season. They have to make a decision on whether to be buyers or sellers at the trade deadline.
The issue with being a seller for the Nets is that they don't own their draft picks for the next three seasons, as they owe them to the Houston Rockets as part of the James Harden trade. So, they have no incentive to tank and hit the bottom to get high draft picks.
One option for them would be accepting the Rockets' trade offer for Mikal Bridges where the Nets recoup their draft picks as part of the trade. However, Brooklyn is reportedly not interested in dealing Bridges.
In that case, the Nets doing smaller moves on the margins seems more likely. Any role player and veteran who could net them draft capital is a candidate to be moved as Brooklyn needs to replenish their asset drawer. Fortunately for them, they have a few players who should attract plenty of interest in the trade market.
O'Neale is 30 years old and is on an expiring contract. He is a solid two-way player with the ability to defend on the ball and hit open shots.
He is also superfluous on this Nets team that has an abundance of wings. There is no reason for the Nets to give him a long-term deal in the offseason, so getting whatever they can for him in a trade makes plenty of sense.