Not a single Sean Marks-led Nets draft has come and gone with out main motion. Not one. This 12 months doesn’t appear any completely different.
The Nets have the No. 27 decide, and three extra second-rounders: 44, 49, and 59. But moments change rapidly round draft time, with the ultra-active Marks having made offers in or earlier than all 5 of his drafts. The feeling across the league is there’s little likelihood the Nets stand pat with all 4 picks.
The Post has reported that the Nets have regarded to transfer up in Thursday’s draft by dangling off-guard Landry Shamet, and that little-used DeAndre Jordan might be on the commerce block. They might be moved individually, though now there are rumblings that they may be concerned in the identical deal.
The Nets have been in discussions with a number of groups about a swap of first-round picks and a attainable wage dump of Jordan, according to SNY, together with at least one three-team deal. The Nets bundle might be centered on Shamet.
The report recognized the Lakers and Mavericks as being focused on a deal. The Pelicans — who’ve the No. 17 decide, and ex-Nets assistant common supervisor Trajan Langdon as GM — are additionally focused on Shamet.
Jordan has two years and $19.7 million left on his deal, however didn’t play within the Nets’ final 16 video games.
Shamet remains to be on his rookie contract, however he’s extension-eligible and it’s no assure the Nets pays. They have till Oct. 18 to determine, and will decide to use him to land a decide, transfer up within the draft and even assist get away from Jordan’s bloated deal.
Despite averaging simply 5 factors taking pictures 28.6 % from deep by way of his first 16 video games as a Net, he settled in and averaged 10.8 factors on 40.8 % from deep over 45 video games the remainder of the best way, extra in step with his profession 39.7 % taking pictures.
The Mavs don’t have a first-round decide Thursday, however do have firsts in 2022 and ’24. And with the Nets not having management of their very own first-rounder till 2028 thanks to the James Harden commerce, that would be enticing.
Brooklyn might mix Shamet as a sweetener with its decide to transfer up to the Lakers’ No. 22 decide, or doubtlessly even the Pelicans’ No. 17 choice. New Orleans can also be focused on Spencer Dinwiddie, ought to the Pelicans decline to match a suggestion sheet for Lonzo Ball and fail to get Kyle Lowry.
The Lakers need taking pictures. They have little else to provide after purchasing Kyle Kuzma and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope to no avail. The Knicks — who’ve tons of cap house, in addition to picks Nos. 19 and 21 — had curiosity in Shamet at the 2020 commerce deadline when he was with the Clippers.
The Nets labored out Kentucky’s massive man Isaiah Jackson, and have been closely linked with Stanford’s Ziaire Williams and UNC middle Day’Ron Sharpe. But it’s no certainty that they keep at No. 27, at least primarily based on previous historical past.
Just a couple of months onto the job, Marks traded Thaddeus Young to get the decide used on Caris LeVert, and acquired a second-rounder to take Isaiah Whitehead. The subsequent 12 months it was dealing Brook Lopez and the No. 27 decide (which grew to become Kuzma) for D’Angelo Russell and Timofey Mozgov. A 12 months later he moved the unmovable, foisting Mozgov on Charlotte for Dwight Howard, who promptly received purchased out.
In 2019 Marks executed the Allen Crabbe wage dump, bringing again Taurean Prince. That paved the best way for the Big 3, with the 2 max-salary spot enabling them to land each Durant and Irving whereas Prince received used within the Harden deal.
And there was final season’s three-team deal that introduced again Bruce Brown and Shamet, who might determine closely in Thursday’s dealings.