The Brooklyn Nets emptied their collection of draft assets to trade for James Harden in 2021. By trading Kevin Durant they’ve gotten some back.
In the span of a few hours, the Brooklyn Nets made a hard pivot to the future, trading Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving for packages that should help them rebuild. They brought back several players they could move in additional trades and it’s possible their collection of draft assets could grow before the 2023 trade deadline.
But with Durant and Irving gone, here is what they currently have in place for the next seven NBA Drafts.
Brooklyn Nets updated draft picks
- 2023 first-round pick — swap with HOU (least favorable)
- 2023 first-round pick — from PHX
- 2024 first-round pick — owed to HOU
- 2025 first-round pick — swap from HOU (least favorable)
- 2025 first-round pick — from PHX
- 2026 first-round pick — owed to HOU
- 2027 first-round pick — swap with HOU (least favorable)
- 2027 first-round pick — from PHX
- 2027 first-round pick — from PHI
- 2028 first-round pick — swap with PHX (most favorable)
- 2029 first-round pick — own
- 2029 first-round pick — from DAL
- 2029 first-round pick — from PHX
The Nets still owe two picks to the Rockets and will be on the wrong end of three more pick swaps, which will hurt as they likely land in the lottery over the next few years. The picks they got back from Phoenix probably won’t be that value as they’ll be pushing for a title for the next year or two. But those later picks could increase in value as Chris Paul and Durant age and the Suns have to reset for a new era.
The Nets’ other two future picks — a 2027 first-rounder from Philadelphia and a 2029 first-rounder from the Mavericks could be valuable or not, depending a lot on how the careers of Joel Embiid and Luka Doncic unfold.
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