Brooklyn Nets rumors: The Brooklyn Nets landed stars Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant last NBA offseason. With both stars expected back and healthy for the 2020-’21 season, rumors are circulating that the Nets could land another star this offseason.
Coming off a 35-37 season, the Nets shocked the NBA world by hiring Steve Nash as their head coach. The legendary guard has big plans for Durant, who missed the entire season recovering from a ruptured Achilles’ tendon.
With the start date set for NBA free agency and the 2020 NBA Draft date set, excitement is building in Brooklyn. Before the NBA season tips off, though, the Nets might have a few cards up their sleeves to create a “Big Three” in Brooklyn.
Let’s dive into the latest Brooklyn Nets news and rumors.
UPDATE: Nov. 20, 10 PM EST
Brooklyn Nets rumors: Joe Harris signs four-year, $75 million contract
According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Harris is returning to Brooklyn on a four-year deal worth $75 million. The terms were reported by Harris’ agent, Mark Bartelstein.
The NBA’s three-point contest champion in 2019, Harris is money when shooting from beyond the arc. Across four seasons with the Nets, he made 43% of his three-point attempts. While he wasn’t quite as sharp in 2019-’20 (42.4%) as we saw the previous season (47.4%).
Harris made it clear in April that he wants to stay in Brooklyn. Unsurprisingly, general manager Sean Marks shares that desire and is making the three-point specialist a top priority. With Landry Shamet and Harris, Brooklyn will have plenty of shooters capable of swishing nets from deep.
Brooklyn Nets rumors: Spencer Dinwiddie could be traded?
The Brooklyn Nets will already enter the season as one of the favorites to reach the NBA Finals, but they want more. With trade rumors circulating around the likes of Bradley Beal, Jrue Holiday and CJ McCollum, Brooklyn recognizes there is an opportunity to land a co-star.
“I believe they have telegraphed they intend to use some of their young talent to acquire a third star along with Kyrie and Durant,” ESPN’s Brian Windhorst said on The Hoop Collective Show.
Brooklyn’s best trade chip is Dinwiddie, who could reportedly be made available if the right player comes along. If the Nets are willing to trade their 27-year-old guard, per SportsNet New York’s Ian Begley, several Western Conference teams are lining up with interest.
It’s understandable why so many clubs would want to acquire Dinwiddie. He is coming off a breakout season, averaging 20.6 points and 6.8 assists per game. While he cooled down a bit in January, averaging 17.9 points per game, he averaged 27 points per game in December and 19.2 per night in February.
Given that the NBA lost more than $1 billion in revenue this year, there is a greater priority on effectively using cap space. Dinwiddie is under contract for next season at $11.45 million, a bargain for what he brings to the floor. He holds a $12.3 million option for 2021-’22, which he will almost certainly use to opt-out and become a free agent.
Dinwiddie’s role would decrease next season alongside Irving and Durant, so there is genuine logic in trading him now. Given his contract and contributions, the Nets will want a strong piece back that aids their quest for a trip to the NBA Finals to trade him.
Brooklyn Nets 2020 draft picks:
Entering a win-now window, the Nets are in a spot where they don’t have time to develop rookies. It’s even more true this year, when the incoming class will only have a few weeks to prepare for the upcoming season.
With that said, Brooklyn is in a nice spot. Because it played most of the year without Irving and Durant, it landed a top-20 draft pick. While the 2020 draft class doesn’t have can’t-miss talent at the top, value can be found in the middle of the first round. With the 2020 NBA Draft order, via NBA.com, let’s take a look at the Brooklyn Nets’ draft picks.
- First round: 19th overall pick
- Second round: 55th overall pick