In the midst of the NBA Finals, the Brooklyn Nets chose to kick the offseason off early by dealing former Portland Trail Blazers shooting guard Allen Crabbe to the Atlanta Hawks. The 2020 first rounder that the Nets are sending to Atlanta is lottery protected.
However, the offseason is often unpredictable, and speculation will continue on Durant signing elsewhere, Irving potentially choosing the other NY team and Kemba Walker potentially staying in Charlotte.
The Nets are planning to pursue Boston Celtics point guard Kyrie Irving, who has a player option in this upcoming free agency market. Another three second-round picks in the top-45 are just the cherry on top. A New Jersey native, it's no secret that Irving grew up a fan of the Nets, and a move to Brooklyn would be close enough to Irving's offseason home in NYC. 8, 10 and 17. The 25-year-old forward has played his three National Basketball Association seasons with the Hawks.
In addition, their 2020 pick in next year's draft is 1-14 protected. Young players like Caris Levert and Jarrett Allen are valuable trade chips.
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Not only did Brooklyn unload Crabbe's albatross contract from the payroll, they also received the 25-year-old Taurean Prince in exchange.
Crabbe struggled with injuries during the 2018-19 season as he posted averages of 9.6 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.1 assists over 43 games.
Prince, a first-round pick in 2016, averaged 13.5 points last season.
Obviously, there's under a month - and an NBA Finals that has yet to be completed - before free agency begins this summer.