5 Brooklyn Nets That Could Be Dealt Before Trade Deadline
The Brooklyn Nets are still playing meaningless preseason games, but what’s the harm in looking ahead a few months to one of the most important dates of the regular season?
That would be referring to the trade deadline. Although this Nets squad is thought by many to be the deepest team the NBA has to offer, that doesn’t mean they don’t have any pieces that could be worth considering trading somewhere down the line.
Even if no one on the Nets’ eventual 15-man roster is playing so poorly that general manager Billy King feels he’s in a position where he has to move them, it’s still an area that he should be willing to flirt with for one simple reason.
Quite a few draft picks have slithered their way out of Brooklyn over the last few summers as a result of the major trades the Nets made for Joe Johnson, Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Jason Terry. Although no one around the Nets has second-guessed those deals for even a millisecond, making moves at the trade deadline to acquire some draft picks for anytime in the near future is something King should definitely keep in mind.
Even if the best King could do is a second-round pick here and there, it’s still something. It’s so important because if the Nets are highly successful in the upcoming year(s) the way they expect to be, any draft picks they still do possess aren’t going to be too early, and teams always want to bring in young talent even when they’re winning.
With that being said, here are five Nets that could end up on the trading block this season…
Mike B. Ruiz is a Brooklyn Nets writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @mikebruiz and “Like” him on Facebook.
5. Alan Anderson
Alan Anderson has played well this preseason, but doesn't figure to be much more than an emergency player this season. He could certainly be worth a decent draft pick if the Nets are comfortable in parting with him.
4. Shaun Livingston
If Tyshawn Taylor overtakes Shaun Livingston as the No. 2 point guard on the depth chart this season, there are plenty of teams that would be interested in bringing him in.
3. Mirza Teletovic
Mirza Teletovic has plenty of upside, but if the Nets don't see enough of it or can't find him enough playing time to utilize him completely, it would make sense to deal him.
2. Mason Plumlee
The Nets have a bunch of size, and Plumlee is their youngest big man. If he doesn't crack the rotation early enough, lots of teams would have high interest in the athletic 7-foot rookie.
1. Tyshawn Taylor
Tyshawn Taylor showed flashes of brilliance at times last season> But if he doesn't get consistent playing time, his potential would make him the most interesting trade asset the Nets could offer.