It’s NBA trade rumors season. Enter Player Two.
Brooklyn Nets GM Sean Marks has yet again managed to involve himself with yet another high-profile trade talk earlier on Tuesday.
The Toronto Raptors have slowly slipped out of this year’s playoff race with a nine-game skid, and are sitting four games outside of the 8th seed in the Eastern Conference.
General manager Masai Ujiri has taken this as an opportunity to host a garage sale for some of the team’s more valuable trade chips ahead of Thursday’s deadline. Among them are franchise legend Kyle Lowry, and super sub Norman Powell, who is having a career year from the pine.
The soon-to-be 28 year old is averaging 19.6 points on career-high shooting splits (49% from the field, 44% from three), and multiple teams are reported to be vying for his services.
Well, now you can add the Brooklyn Nets to this crowd of teams involved in the NBA trade rumors and reports.
Brooklyn is in the middle of a duel with Philadelphia for the top seed in the Eastern Conference, and is enjoying its meteoric rise to the list of top championship contenders. The team’s offense is historically great, and they have the perfect trade chip for Ujiri:
By acquiring Dinwiddie’s Bird rights, Ujiri would get first dibs at resigning a borderline All-Star last year, and a viable leader of a playoff team. The Raptors have also earned a formidable reputation of maximizing their players’ potential, so Dinwiddie might be bound for a career year with them under the eye of head coach Nick Nurse.
Powell, meanwhile, makes sense for the Nets’ M.O. as a healthier version of Dinwiddie that they would undoubtedly need to spell their star-studded trio. Powell is also less likely than Dinwiddie to grumble coming off the bench, and can be convinced to buy into his player option next year if things go well.
If you can’t quite hear it, that noise is the rest of the league quaking in its boots. The Nets, if this deal goes through, are about to get a lot more firepower.