Zach Buckley's proposal: Nets' potential trade with Warriors for Finney-Smith


Last trade deadline, the Brooklyn Nets made many moves. Adapting the buyer and seller modes allowed them to trade Spencer Dinwiddie and Royce O'Neale for Dennis Schroder, Keita Bates-Diop, and three future second-round picks.  

The teams seemed happy with the last-minute deals they made, but the Bleacher Report says Brooklyn may have wanted to make another deal right now that would cost them Dorian Finney-Smith.  

Zach Buckley of B/R wrote an interesting article in which he suggests that the Nets would have dealt DFS to the Golden State Warriors in exchange for Gary Payton II, Moses Moody, Gui Santos, and a top-10 protected 2026 first-round pick.  

Buckley said this move will eventually switch the Nets from contending to rebuilding, and obtaining Moody, a project guard like Santos, and a first-round asset that can be flipped will spark their future preparedness.  

"The goal should then be to shift the focus forward." The team would move in that way with this deal. There is a good chance that Brooklyn would get at least two players in this deal.   

They have Moody, the No. 14 pick in 2021, and that future first-round pick. Also, Santos, a rookie player who is 21 years old, might grow into at least a depth player. Payton's only job would be to make the money work. 

Finney-Smith averaged 8.8 points and 4.8 boards per game, and he was also good at making 3-pointers. However, Buckley said that the Nets should take advantage of the veteran's value since they are in a tough spot as a fringe Play-In team.   

Zach emphasised that Brooklyn ought to be concentrating on constructing their future, despite the fact that the Rockets are in possession of their draft picks.  

The Nets will miss Finney-Smith this season, but they haven't even booked him for a play-in event yet, so giving up that seems like a small price to pay for a lot of other things.   

Even though Brooklyn wouldn't gain anything by falling in the ranks, it would still be smarter to focus on tomorrow than today since the Houston Rockets own its first-round pick.  

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