Is it possible Sean Marks and the Brooklyn Nets look towards the Portland Trail Blazers for movement this summer?
The NBA Finals have already commenced, but beyond that, teams not involved are already making off-season inquiries.
Most recently, the Brooklyn Nets have been tied to the Portland Trailblazers’ three first round picks, reportedly available.
Source: Portland Trail Blazers may attach 1 of their 3 1st round picks in the 2017 NBA Draft to shed a contract and save on Luxury Tax.
— Keith Smith (@KeithSmithNBA) May 31, 2017
The Trailblazers hold picks 15, 20 and 26 in the first round, and on top of that, have already been linked to rumors on salary dump. After matching Allen Crabbe‘s offer sheet from the Nets last summer, they also signed C.J. McCollum, Meyers Leonard, Moe Harkless, Evan Turner and Festus Ezeli to new contracts.
Sean Deveney of Sporting News reported the Nets’ interest earlier this week:
Brooklyn stands to have about $40 million in cap space next summer, and without much to offer big-time free agents.
Signing all three players from the first round will cost Portland an additional $10 million in salary, something they cannot afford. That being said, the Brooklyn Nets have the third most space in salary, making them a top target for trade.
Combine the Nets’ history of Crabbe interest, current interest in a draft pick, and you have one hell of a good trade rumor.