A ton of Brooklyn Nets rumors over the past few weeks have surrounded the possibility of the team making a trade for Houston Rockets star James Harden.
While things might be dying down some on that front, the Nets are reportedly in the market for another guard following the season-ending partially torn ACL Spencer Dinwiddie suffered this week. Said report includes the possibility that the Nets could trade Dinwiddie to acquire another point guard.
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Nets rumors: Team could trade for a guard after Spencer Dinwiddie injury
“I think Brooklyn will look to trade for another point guard,” Michael Scotto of Hoopshype reported. “They could look to move Spencer with a pick to get a player.”
Prior to his unfortunate injury, Nets rumors had concluded that Dinwiddie would be part of any package that brought Harden back to the Big Apple. That’s obviously not going to be an option right now, especially with the possibility that the guard opts out of his contract following the 2020-21 season.
From a depth perspective, the loss of Dinwiddie for the remainder of the campaign is no small thing. The 27-year-old former second-round pick averaged 20.6 points and 6.8 assists for the Nets a season ago. While he struggled in a new role backing up Kyrie Irving thus far this season, Brooklyn’s depth will be impacted.
Acquiring another veteran point guard while using Dinwiddie’s $11.45 million cap hit to make the salaries match could work for the Nets. If they add in a pick or two, there’s a possibility an upgrade behind Irving at the point could be in the cards.
Nets rumors: Which point guards could the team be targeting?
Eric Bledsoe of the New Orleans Pelicans could make some sense behind Irving. He’d have to accept that role. But moving on a contender might entice the veteran point guard. Acquired in the Jrue Holiday deal this past offseason, Bledsoe averaged 14.9 points, 4.6 rebounds and 5.4 assists a season ago. His $16.8 million salary could work for the Nets.
Other options here include Patty Mills (Spurs), Derrick Rose (Pistons), Dennis Smith Jr. (Knicks) and Terry Rozier (Hornets). Either way, don’t expect Nets general manager Sean Marks to rest on his laurels.