NBA free agency does not officially kick off until 6:00 PM EST on August 2, but the rumor mill is already churning. Given that the Brooklyn Nets already have most of their salary cap invested in their three stars Kevin Durant, James Harden, and Kyrie Irving they are not expected to be major players in free agency.
However, the Nets still have the means to remain active during the 2021 offseason via the sign and trade market. Especially with their rising shooting guard Spencer Dinwiddie expected to hit the free agency market on Monday.
Dinwiddie missed the majority of the 2020-21 NBA season after he partially tore his ACL in just the third game. However, Dinwiddie has now been fully cleared to participate in basketball activities and as a result, will have plenty of teams at his doorstep as he is one of the most talented guards on the market.
Dinwiddie will command a high asking price in free agency, and if the Nets are unwilling to match his request a sign and trade would be the next best option. One of the teams that are interested in the Nets free agent is the Boston Celtics according to a report from Sports Illustrated‘s Chris Mannix. If the Nets and Celtics were to agree on a deal it could land them Celtics guard Marcus Smart who was named to the NBA’s first All-Defensive team in 2020 for the second time in his career.