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League looking for ways to prevent another Nets-like draft pick giveaway

The Brooklyn Nets during the summer of 2013, made the decision to make a major trade with the Boston Celtics around acquiring Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett while surrendering first-round draft picks in 2014, 2016 and 2018 along with swapping first-round picks in 2017.

It is a deal that has set the Nets back in the seasons that have followed seeing them remain in the lottery picture in just about each year. According to Zach Lowe of ESPN, the NBA has looked into possibly preventing that kind of trade from occurring again.

The league has since discussed banning pick swaps between drafts in which a team already owes its pick to other teams; the tweak has been on the competition committee agenda, but has not been debated yet at length, sources say.

The fact that the Nets have been reeling since then only gives the league more of a reason to put in motion a rule to prevent a similar move in the future to occur. It was a completely one sided move that the Celtics have benefitted greatly from.

This would also prevent teams with the lack of better judgment to make trades that would handicap them for years to come. More importantly, that wouldn’t benefit the NBA with certain organizations staying in the basement of the league, especially with the Nets being located in Brooklyn.

It could be only a matter of time before the league hammers out a rule that covers this particular situation.