June 20, 2024
2023 NBA commerce deadline: Nets open up roster spot by reportedly buying and selling Kessler Edwards to Kings
2023 NBA commerce deadline: Nets open up roster spot by reportedly buying and selling Kessler Edwards to Kings
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The Brooklyn Nets took a serious step backward once they traded Kyrie Irving to the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday, however that does not imply they’ve given up on the season. They’re actively attempting to enhance the workforce forward of Thursday’s commerce deadline, and in line with ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, they took one small step in that route on Tuesday by making a minor commerce: Kessler Edwards and money to the Sacramento Kings.

In itself, the transfer is not particularly vital. Edwards, a promising rookie final season, performed solely 79 minutes for Brooklyn this season. However by buying and selling him, the Nets did two vital issues. First, they saved round $8 million in wage and luxurious taxes for the yr. That will not affect the on-court product itself, nevertheless it may make possession a bit extra prepared to tackle cash in different offers. Second, and certain extra importantly, the Nets created an additional roster spot.

How precisely they’re going to use that spot is unclear, however the resolution to create it means that the Nets imagine extra strikes are coming. Brooklyn has been arguably essentially the most aggressive buyout workforce within the NBA over the previous two years, signing Goran Dragic, Blake Griffin and LaMarcus Aldridge in that span. The Nets may merely wait till after the deadline to signal the very best obtainable free agent. Extra doubtless, they’re attempting to reap the benefits of that roster spot on the commerce market. Roster spots are uncommon in the midst of the season. The flexibility to tackle an additional participant has plain worth to groups attempting to maneuver wage or clear spots for their very own blockbusters.

The Nets have been linked to a variety of prime commerce candidates since dealing Irving. Most notably, they’ve reportedly been in talks for all three of Toronto’s core veterans: Pascal Siakam, OG Anunoby and Fred VanVleet. The concept can be to land certainly one of them as a supporting piece round Kevin Durant and attempt to proceed contending with out Irving.

The alternative perspective right here can be that an additional roster spot would assist the Nets soak up a number of gamers in the event that they determine to commerce Durant. For now, that doesn’t seem like the plan. Whereas Durant and the Nets are having ongoing conversations concerning the route of the franchise, they don’t plan to commerce him earlier than the deadline, in line with Wojnarowski. It doesn’t matter what the Nets determine, it is clear that their deadline is not going to be quiet. They’re gearing up for some type of vital transfer. For now, all we are able to do is wait to seek out out what sort of transfer it is going to be.