Look, I get it. Trades are fun. Everyone looks forward to trade deadline day to see what their favorite team is going to do, and what potential upgrades they might make. The Nets, having one of the NBA’s richest owners in Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov, one of its most aggressive general managers in Billy King and a desire to upgrade at power forward, found themselves smack in the middle of the rumor mill for a third straight year. But Thursday’s 3 p.m. trade deadline came and went without the Nets making any moves. Despite their hole at power forward, that was the right thing to do. None of the potential options, including the top available player in Atlanta’s Josh Smith, was enough to lift the Nets to the level of the Heat, the only truly elite team in the East. And, given that Prokhorov has made it clear his goal for the organization is to win a championship, it wouldn’t have been wise for the Nets to sacrifice most or all of their movable assets to secure a player who wouldn’t allow them to reach that level. The Nets did their best to try to get Smith — who certainly would have been a big upgrade over current starting power forward Reggie Evans — by offering a package of Humphries, MarShon Brooks and a first-round pick. Though Brooks is a talented scoring shooting guard and first-round picks are arguably the most valuable commodities under the new CBA, no team in the league’s current economic climate was interested in taking Humphries and the $12 million he’s owed next season. The only way such a deal could have happened would have been to give up significantly more in a trade — including some combination of two or more first-round picks, the rights to small forward Bojan Bogdanovic, who is playing well in Turkey and whom the Nets view as a lottery-level talent, and rookies Tornike Shengelia and Tyshawn Taylor.
Holding assets will pay off in long run
New York Post | Feb 22