Chances Of Brooklyn Nets' Trade-Eligible Players Being Moved Are Slim To None

By Mike B. Ruiz
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Many may or may not have realized that 114 NBA players who signed new contracts since July will become trade-eligible beginning 12:01 a.m. ET on Sunday. As far as the Brooklyn Nets go, four players will fall under this category: Shaun Livingston, Andray Blatche, Andrei Kirilenko and Alan Anderson. That said, I can’t see any of them being moved any time soon.

The case with Kirilenko is rather obvious. Back spasms have held him out of the lineup essentially the entire season, and even if he does make his way back to the floor, the Nets are banking on him being their main scoring threat coming off the bench. Meanwhile, Blatche has been exactly that this season, averaging 11.7 points as Brooklyn’s backup center.

Even if he wasn’t, it would be very difficult for the Nets to move him considering he has a no-trade clause and would have to waive his Bird Rights.

In the case of Livingston, who’s been good for 6.4 points and three assists per game, the Nets can be content with his production at the reserve point guard role, especially because his rare 6-foot-7 frame at the smallest position on the floor presents a matchup problem every night. Finally there’s Anderson, a shooter who has had an impact in both starting and bench roles this season, putting up 8.1 points per game. Unless the Nets want to use him in some sort of package deal or move him for a draft pick, trading Anderson wouldn’t make much sense.

Then again, I’m not Billy King, who will be the ultimate decision-maker in the end.

Mike B. Ruiz is a Brooklyn Nets writer for Follow him on Twitter @mikebruiz and “Like” him on Facebook.

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