Trade No. 3 – Brooklyn Nets
The Nets are another middling team out in the eastern conference and are treading water on whether they want to truly make the playoffs or not. But I’ll say this, their roster will be really solid when their best player Caris LeVert comes back.
However, they do find themselves in a weird spot with Hollis-Jefferson, who will demand a Justise Winslow type contract in the next few summers. This teams success has been predicated around their guards and paying Spencer Dinwiddie a few weeks ago enforced the idea that they love their backcourts.
RHJ is the only player who doesn’t quite fit the high intensity of pace and shooting the Nets are running at, and sending him to Minnesota in exchange for an upgrade at his position in Wiggins makes a lot of sense.
As for Minny, this deal is a lot like the Washington one, where RHJ can play the 3 or 4 and fit very nicely in each slot. But getting a floor spacer off the bench next to D-Rose in Allen Crabbe would be huge for the potential playoff run the Wolves could make.
The only reason the Nets don’t make this deal is if they truly believe they can get a superstar in Brooklyn this summer, and even if that’s the case, I’m sure they can fit one max guy there even with a Wiggs’ addition.
Not a huge fan of this deal, even with a pick included from Brooklyn, but our next one is even tougher to swallow at first glance.