In a shocking trade, the Brooklyn now have cleared enough cap space to have two max contract slots heading into this free agency. Receiving Taurean Prince and a 2021 2nd round pick from the Atlanta Hawks, the Nets have now successfully flipped Allen Crabbe.
Sure, it also cost them the 17th pick and their 2020 1st round pick, but this is monumental for them. Prince is a good, athletic, defensive forward. While his best position may be small ball power forward, his is a good small forward to have. To top it all off, the Nets are off of Allen Crabbe’s horrible contract, and they will not have the 17th pick’s contract on their books. Sure, they now only have one first round selection with the 27th pick, but that puts them in range of a host of suitable rotation pieces. The real brilliance of the move is that they were able to clear enough cap to have two max slots heading into free agency.
With D-Lo hitting restricted free agency, and with KD and Kyrie both interested in going to the team, the Nets may become the next best team in the league. Possessing a host of young players on small contracts, the Nets are fortunate that they not only have an All-Star, but they have one that actually wants to be on their team and is actively recruiting others to their cause. I’d personally not like to see Kyrie in a Nets uniform, but I am finding it intoxicating thinking about a Dinwiddie-Russell-Durant-Prince-Allen lineup with Lavert and Harris coming off the bench. I am sure they resign Dudley and will add more, seeing as Musa and my boy Kurucs are still a bit a ways away on the ol’ development scale. However, these slots are huge for a franchise that has spent most of the 2000s mired in mediocrity. The Nets went from mortgaging their future for aging stars, to nearly upsetting an underdog title contender. Sure, the process almost took 20 years, but they are beginning to swing back around.
I’d like to close this piece by stating two things. First, them landing KD and keeping D-Lo is the best possible thing that could happen to this franchise, since I would hate to see Kyrie mess this up. They should really focus on keeping D-Lo as the face of the franchise, seeing as him and Jared Dudley are now the players Nets’ fans flock to. Secondly, f*** the Knicks.