In a last-minute salary dump, the Brooklyn Nets have acquired Greg Monroe and a second-rounder from the Toronto Raptors.
The assets just keep on falling in line for the Brooklyn Nets.
In the ongoing War of the Worlds battle between Shams Charania of The Athletic and Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, it was Shams who broke the first news item related to the Brooklyn Nets.
Sources: Toronto is trading Greg Monroe and a second-round pick to Brooklyn.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) February 7, 2019
Per Michael Scotto of The Athletic, it came as no surprise to many that Brooklyn plans to waive the eight-year veteran, Greg Monroe.
The Brooklyn Nets eventually plan to waive Greg Monroe, a league source told @TheAthleticNBA. The Nets will get Toronto's 2021 second-round pick in the deal, @TheAthleticNYC has learned. https://t.co/95VdMv1m7h
— Michael Scotto (@MikeAScotto) February 7, 2019
Monroe will now enter the buyout market as a free agent. As a low-post brute whose services aren’t particularly valuable in the current NBA, it remains to be seen what the market for Monroe will be.
Toronto has cleared a roster spot and will presumably be a buyer in the suddenly plentiful buyout market. Just today, the team traded with the Memphis Grizzlies for Marc Gasol. It’s more than likely that this won’t be the only acquisition they make.
Meanwhile, Brooklyn added to its chest of assets by acquiring a 2021 second-round pick. In return, the Nets merely gave up cash considerations per Scotto.
This isn’t the first time that Toronto’s president, Masai Ujuri and Sean Marks have worked together on a salary dump.
DeMarre Carroll has proved to be an integral part in Brooklyn’s playoff run. These picks have both conveyed at this point; the first-rounder turned into Dzanan Musa, while the second-rounder ended up being the impressive rookie, Rodions Kurucs.
Given how well Brooklyn has drafted, acquiring picks is always a smart way to build for the future. Hats off again to Sean Marks.