The Nets Are Planning Something Big

There was a Woj bombing on Twitter yesterday and it carried some pretty significant news regarding the upcoming NBA free agency.

Woj announced that the Brooklyn Nets have traded Allen Crabbe to the Atlanta Hawks in a salary dump move to clear $18 million in cap space. Brooklyn also acquired Taurean Prince, a talented shooter who will serve as another key role player for their bench.

For the past year, the Knicks have been the talk of New York, with plenty of rumors circulating about how they’ll be big spenders in free agency come July 1. However, with yesterday’s trade, Nets general manager Sean Marks has quickly reminded everyone that there’s another team in New York ready to contend.

With this trade, Marks and the Nets have made their intentions clear; they are going all-in and are prepared to open their wallets this summer to the league’s premier free agents, which may include New Jersey native Kyrie Irving.

While Brooklyn is certainly poised for a big offseason, they first need to decide what to do with D’Angelo Russell. The star point guard, who enjoyed a breakout season, is a pending restricted free agent and will have no shortage of suitors.

The Nets could decide to keep Russell and pair him with one of the premier names on the market, like Irving, or they let him walk and bring in two max contract free agents, which is where things will get more interesting.

If the rumors end up being true and Irving ends up on the Nets, could Brooklyn then shift their focus to Kevin Durant? Durant has reportedly been interested in the idea of playing in New York for the Knicks, but what about Brooklyn?

KD has never openly rejected the idea of playing there, and there’s a lot to like about the Nets, including a stable brain trust with Marks and head coach Kenny Atkinson, a roster loaded with young talent, and a passionate fanbase that is hungry for success.

Perhaps Brooklyn could look to pursue Kawhi Leonard, who has a relationship with Marks dating back to their days in San Antonio. His style of play would greatly appeal to Brooklyn, and depending on who else the Nets sign, he would have the chance to be the face of the franchise as he is with Toronto.

Regardless of who the Nets decide to pursue, they’ll very likely be a team that’s ready to contend when the dust settles.

All four teams in the two largest sports markets will be extremely active this summer. Buckle up, folks. It’s going to be a wild one.


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