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NBA Draft Rumors: Brooklyn Nets trying to trade or buy into first round

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The Brooklyn Nets couldn’t find a way to get past the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Playoffs and this offseason may be one in which they watch their potentially best chance at being a force in the conference wash away. Kevin Garnett could retire, Deron Williams is embroiled in trade rumors and there’s a distinct chance that Paul Pierce joins rank out west with the Clippers to reunite with Doc Rivers.

One way that the Nets can ensure they have some sort of future is to draft well, but that’s hard to do without any draft picks to use. Brooklyn traded their first round pick to the Boston Celtics in the Garnett-Pierce-Jason Terry trade last summer and as a result don’t own the No. 17 pick in the draft like they otherwise would have.

That’s not getting general manager Billy King down though, as he’s determined to get the Nets what they need to win and what they need is a first round pick.

Trading or buying into the first round is not a hard thing to do but the Nets can’t control the market. If no one wants to trade or sell their pick, then the Nets are out of luck and the depth in this draft class has many believing that picks won’t be for sale one way or another.

It’s also not like Brooklyn has a lot to offer, but if they are determined to get a draft pick, it’s hard to see them not getting one even if it ends up being nothing more than a second rounder.

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