Can the Brooklyn Nets swing a trade for their prized big man, Brook Lopez?
While the NBA season is just getting underway, it is safe to say that the Brooklyn Nets will not be a surprise breakout team this season. They have started the season 2-4, and already rumors have begun to swirl that they will be interested in trading their star, Brook Lopez. It does make sense that they would want to move on from the former top ten pick and All-Star center.
The Nets are a long way away from competing, and currently, they do not have the pieces to add to this team to make them competitive. Most of their future picks are still in the hands of the Boston Celtics after the Nets made the mistake of acquiring Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce a few years back. The only way to rekindle those picks would be to trade a player with enough value to get some back. With that said, here are five teams that may be desperate enough to replenish the Nets roster in exchange for the impact center.
5) Boston Celtics
One way to get some of those picks back would be to go straight to the source that is the Celtics. The Celtics have been stacking picks for a while, and currently have 15 players who could at the least get into a rotation on almost any NBA team. With that said, this is a team that is lacking a star presence and lacking a go-to player. The team added Al Horford to the core this off-season, but the addition of Lopez could put that front court over the top as an elite group of players.
Horford has played a lot of center in his career, but he has mentioned that he would like to play power forward, which he did when he was at college. Lopez would be the perfect fit at center beside Horford, and together the Celtics would have one of the best traditional big man rotations in the league.
The Nets would not be able to get their 2017 first round pick back for Lopez, but what they can get is a group of young rotational players to build around and draft pick or two. These two teams obviously have been able to deal with each other in the past, and while it would hurt Nets fans to see Lopez jump to a new team within the division, it had to hurt Boston fans just the same to see Pierce and Garnett wearing their black Nets uniforms in the 2013 playoffs. It is a good business decision for each side and helps the Celtics take a step towards a championship, and the Nets take a step toward relevance.