The Nets, while considered by many to be the favorite in the Eastern Conference, still have some holes on their roster. The Nets could use some additional depth, such as a center. If the center could stretch the floor, defend, and rebound, that would be ideal. The Nets could also use a 3 and D player.
The trade deadline is March 25. With the way the Nets current roster is constructed, the Nets do not have much flexibility in trades. Keep in mind, however, the Nets still have their $5.7M exception that they can use to acquire someone via trade or sign someone from free agency in the buyout market after the trade deadline.
Here are some realistic players Nets can trade for or sign if they are bought out
Nets Trade and Buyout options:
Nets Possible Targets: Aron Baynes
Baynes has struggled mightily so far in Toronto. Baynes was benched earlier in the season and was even taken out of the rotation at times. A new home could suit well for Baynes. A DeAndre Jordan for Baynes would be the deal.
Noel and Bullock are two candidates to receive buyouts. A DeAndre Jordan for Noel and Bullock trade could make some sense for both sides.
Scott and Poirier are two more buyout candidates. Signing both players for big man depth would be smart.
Drummond, Love, and McGee would also make good additions to the current Nets roster. The Nets currently do not have the flexibility to trade for Love or Drummond, so the Nets would only be able to acquire them through a buyout. McGee, a very likely buyout candidate, would fit the Nets roster as the backup center.
Young is a buyout candidate. His early-season performance should make him a popular name on the trade market. Young was already considered a trade prospect because only $6MM of his $14.2MM contract for next season is guaranteed, and he has boosted his value by averaging 10.3 points and 4.8 rebounds through the first 13 games, with a near triple-double Monday night.
All of these players are buyout and trade candidates. Should any of these players receive buyout, the Nets should jump on the opportunity to sign them.
If Snell receives a buyout, the Nets should look into signing him, as he is exactly the type of 3 and D player the Nets need.
If Lopez receives a Buyout, the Nets should look into him. Currently the starting center on a 3-11 Wizards team, one can imagine Lopez wants to be on a contending team and he could get big minutes as a backup center to DeAndre Jordan in Brooklyn.
Only getting into 5 games this season due to injuries and a lack of playing time, Bamba could seek a buyout in order to get more minutes on another squad. Bamba’s athleticness and shot-blocking abilities would make him a prime target for the Nets.
With Cody Zeller returning from a hand fracture last week, Biyombo’s role will be diminished. Biyombo could receive a buyout out or the Nets could use their DPE to acquire him.
All of these OKC players are buyout and trade candidates. The Nets could use their DPE or Landry Shamet as a trade chip to acquire Muscala, Williams, or Jackson. Brooklyn cannot afford Hill, Ariza, or Muscala in a trade, so they would have to be bought out for the Nets to get a shot at getting them.
Davis, a former Net, could go back to Brooklyn using the DPE. Davis, the Timberwolves third string center, has struggled mightily in Minnesota and a return to Brooklyn could be a good solution for both sides.
PJ Tucker, Danuel House, DeMarcus Cousins, Ben McLemore
Tucker is a buyout candidate, and would be a perfect fit for the Nets. Danuel House, DeMarcus Cousins, Ben McLemore could be targets using Landry Shamet or the DPE.
Gay and Lyles could be buyout candidates. Lyles could also become a Net using the DPE.
JJ Redick, Nicolo Melli
Redick and Melli could be buyout candidates. Melli could also become a Net using the DPE.
Dieng could get a buyout. This season has been Dieng’s best season since the 2016-17 season, but Dieng will likely not have a spot in the rotation when Jaren Jackson Jr. returns from injury. Dieng could then seek a buyout as he will be frustrated not playing.
All of these players would fit in well in Brooklyn. Johnson could be acquired through a buyout. Powell and Kleber could be traded for Jordan or signed through a buyout. Marjanovic could be traded for Shamet or the DPE or be signed after a buyout.
Patterson could become a Net through a buyout or traded for Shamet or the DPE.
Kaminsky and Jones could be acquired using Shamet or the DPE.
Whiteside, Bjelica, and Parker would fit in Brooklyn. The Nets could acquire Whiteside using the DPE, Shamet, or through a buyout. Bjelica and Parker will very likely receive a buyout.
Future moves to come
On January 14, Nets GM Sean Marks spoke on the current state of the Nets roster, “Without a doubt the roster is not done, it’s not yet finalized. I mean, it should never be, to be quite frank. The Nets should be doing their due diligence. The Nets have open roster spots, so I have utmost faith in our scouting department that over the years has done a tremendous job for us. Brooklyn should continue to try and add pieces as we go through this season.” With that being said, expect the Nets to be very active in the trade and buyout market in the coming weeks. I anticipate the Nets will acquire at least one of the players mentioned above.