The Brooklyn Nets have been notoriously bad in prior seasons. By completing a trade with the Boston Celtics in 2013, the Nets sent away an eye-popping, three first round draft picks and 2017 swap rights in exchange for aging stars, Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, and Jason Terry, in an attempt to compete for a championship soon after relocation.
To put it bluntly, the trade was a massive flop. The Brooklyn Nets‘ best year ended with a second round exit. Once the team broke apart in 2015, the Nets had left themselves nothing to build from as all of their valuable players, along with draft picks were no longer apart of the organization.
The Nets were left nothing but destruction. Brooklyn desperately tried to trade any value they had left for draft picks or young prospects, but it was hopeless. The Boston Celtics ended with the third pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, along with the first pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, courtesy of Brooklyn; the Nets being left with the 27th pick in the 2017 NBA Draft.
Lucky for Brooklyn, Sean Marks has made great strides to bring relevance back to the organization. The Nets were heading into the 2017 NBA Draft with the 22nd (via Washington) and 27th (via Boston) overall picks. Not many rumors were discussed regarding Brooklyn, until on June 20th, two days from the 2017 NBA Draft, news broke that the Brooklyn Nets had traded, Brook Lopez and the 27th overall pick, in exchange for D’Angelo Russell and Timofey Mozgov.
Lakers are trading Tim Mozgov and D'Angelo Russell to Nets for Brook Lopez and 27th pick Thursday, sources say.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 20, 2017
Many fans were expecting a team of Brooklyn’s caliber to take on a bad salary in exchange for valuable assets; only a select few expected a name as big as Russell’s to be involved in the move. The Nets had no plans of slowing down on trades as Marks completed two more trades shortly after.
Toronto has traded DeMarre Carroll, a future first-round and second-round pick to Brooklyn for Justin Hamilton, league sources tell ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 9, 2017
Trading for Carroll provided Brooklyn with two draft picks in the 2018 NBA Draft, (a draft they did not own any picks in prior to the deal), while providing Toronto with major cap relief.
Portland has traded Allen Crabbe to Brooklyn for Andrew Nicholson, league sources tell ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 25, 2017
The Brooklyn Nets offered one of the worst offer sheets in the NBA to once restricted free agent, Allen Crabbe. Portland decided to bite the bullet and match the offer sheet, retaining his rights. Since then, the projected cap has plummeted all the way down to around 99 million, making Crabbe’s 18.5m, too expensive to keep for Portland. The Nets finally fulfilled their long, sought prophecy of Allen Crabbe as a part of their franchise.
After drafting Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Caris LeVert, Isaiah Whitehead, and now, Jarrett Allen; along with signing free agent, Jeremy Lin in the 2016 offseason, it seems Brooklyn now has a nice, young nucleus to build from.
The Nets have been the laughing stock of the league in past seasons, although these moves don’t make them a good team necessarily, it gives them a legit NBA roster with assets to build from in the future. Players like, D’Angelo Russell, Allen Crabbe, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Caris LeVert, Trevor Booker, Sean Kilpatrick, Jarrett Allen, Jeremy Lin, and DeMarre Caroll, make the Brooklyn Nets not as dreadful as they once were.