Spencer Dinwiddie taking to social media on Friday saying that he would allow fans to decide where he would play when he becomes a free agent in 2021 gave Nets fans time to go through the ESPN Trade Machine to try to find a star player to pair up with Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant. Who would complete a Nets’ Big Three? Let’s take a look at the names that have been thrown out there and see which ones make the most sense.
Bradley Beal: It seems highly unlikely that the Washington Wizards are going to be willing to move Bradley Beal, even if Brooklyn is willing to make a Godfather offer. Washington gave Beal a two-year maximum extension for $72m with a player option. Furthermore, if the Nets even were able to acquire Beal, he would likely become a rental player. Beal would become a free agent in 2022 since he will have a player option that he wll most likely opt out of. At that point he would demand a max contract, which would be difficult for Brooklyn to give considering that they are already tied up withe Kyrie and KD’s contracts.
CJ McCollum: Considering that the Portland Trailblazers were on the outside looking in on the playoffs when the season stopped, after making it to the Western Conference Finals last season it might be time for the Trailblazers to break up the duo of Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum. However, it would not be cheap for Brooklyn. The Nets would have to part with Caris LeVert, who would be a perfect fit next to Lilliard. On top of that, Brooklyn would have to like have to give up Taurean Prince, to fill a defensive need for Portland, and a first round pick. While it’s a steep price for one of the best scorers in the league, it would not be shocking if Sean Marks decides to swing for the fences considering they are in win-now mode.
Rudy Gobert: This would be another example of Sean Marks swinging for the fences, and even that might not be enough for Utah to change their mind. Even though it was reported that the relationship between Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell was unsalvageable, it still seems that Utah is in no rush to move Gobert. On top of that, both Mitchell and Gobert came out and downplayed the friction in their relationshp. However, if the Nets were to get Utah to blink I think they would most definitely have to include Jarrett Allen. It may make sense for the Nets to move Allen regardless, considering that Kenny Atkinson is no longer the head coach. Atkinson had Allen starting and DeAndre Jordan coming off the bench. In this case, it appears as if Allen will be on the way out sooner rather than later.
Buddy Hield: Even though this isn’t exactly the name Nets fans are hoping for, it might make the most sense without having to drain out the roster. Hield is a really good outside shooter and could be a third option behind Kyrie and Durant and become a reliable three point threat. For Sacramento, they are going to have to pay Bogdan Bogdanovic in free agency so it wouldn’t hurt to take some salary off the books while aqquiring some young talent in return.
Jrue Holiday: While Jrue Holiday hasn’t officially requested a trade out of New Orleans, his name has repeatedly come up in trade rumors. Acquiring Holiday would instantly make the Nets a top contender alongside Kyrie and Durant as he can play both on sides of the court. However, the Pelicans have continually denied that Holiday wil be moved. On the flip side, New Orleans will have a lot more options to choose from come this offseason compared to at the trade deadline. If the Nets were able to change the Pelicans’s mind, it would require a lot, perhaps as much as Caris LaVert, Jarrett Allen and and a first round pick.
It will be very interesting to see what the Nets wind up doing. Ultimately, it would not shock me if Brooklyn swings for the fences to acquire a big star to pair with Kyrie and Durant as they are in win-now mode.