Non click bait version.Brooklyn Nets general manager Billy King’s itchy trigger fingers are slowly creeping towards pressing the reset button.
Can you blame him? The Brooklyn Nets – with a payroll of nearly $90 million – won just 38 games and faced an early exit in the playoffs. This season has exposed several flaws in the Nets roster that need to be addressed this offseason.
The Nets are looking to dramatically reshape their roster this offseason and everything is on the table, even center Mason Plumlee. Here is a look at some realistic trade packages involving Mason Plumlee.
Brooklyn Nets receive: Robert Covington, JaKarr Sampson, 2015 second round draft pick from the Clippers
Los Angeles Clippers receive: Mason Plumlee
Philadelphia 76ers receive: Matt Barnes, C.J. Wilcox
Why the Nets would do it: One of Brooklyn’s biggest problems this year was shooting. The team shot just 33.1% from three-point range, ranking 26th in the NBA. Although the Nets dominated the paint, they struggled to space the floor well and score from outside the paint. Covington, who shot 37.4% from three-point range and averaged 13.5 points per game last season, is exactly the player the Nets need to improve their offensive attack. JaKarr Sampson has shown potential to create his own shot but has still not developed into an NBA-ready player. The second round pick from the Clippers sweetens the pot in a trade that would send Plumlee out of the borough.
Why the Clippers would do it: What is it going to take for the Clippers to sign a third big man who can back up DeAndre Jordan and Blake Griffin? Spencer Hawes has not been the guy. Glen Davis is not the guy. This trade gives the Clippers a viable backup to Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan. Mason Plumlee averaged 15.2 points and 8.6 rebounds in a stretch of 25-games in December and January before seeing his role diminish in the return of Brook Lopez. If Plumlee can play at anywhere near the level he was playing as a member of Team USA or during the beginning of last season, the Clippers are the runaway winners of this trade.
Why the 76ers would do it: Even if Dario Saric comes to Philadelphia next season, the team still needs a starting small forward. With the first round draft pick likely being utilized to draft a franchise point guard, the Sixers could use a veteran small forward like Barnes to surround the young talent on the team.
Nets receive: Ryan Kelly, 2015 first-round pick (from Rockets)
Lakers receive: Mason Plumlee
Why the Nets would do it: The Nets need to start rebuilding by bringing in some younger talent to develop. The only problem is that they do not have too many draft picks for the next few seasons. By unloading Mason Plumlee and receiving the Lakers’ 2015 first-round draft pick from the Rockets, the Nets can do just that. Ryan Kelly is an added bonus to the team. The former-Duke star can spread the floor well and score from distance.
Why the Lakers would do it: Time is running out for the Lakers. Kobe Bryant may be entering his final season and the team finally has all the resources to make another deep playoff run. The Lakers do not need more draft prospects. In Mason Plumlee, the Lakers get an athletic, talented big man who can make an impact right away.
Nets receive: Terrence Jones
Rockets receive: Mason Plumlee, 2015 second-round pick
Why the Nets would do it: After trading for Thaddeus Young, the Brooklyn Nets have shifted to a smaller lineup that features Young as a PF. With the injury of Teletovic and ineffective play of Earl Clark and Cory Jefferson, the team lacked a quality power forward to back up Young. The addition of Terrence Jones could help the Nets revitalize their second unit.
Why the Rockets would do it: In the 2015 playoffs, Josh Smith‘s role changed from sixth man to a starter. His improved shot selection and play earned him a spot in the starting lineup. The Rockets lack a true backup center and Mason Plumlee is just the player they need to fit the role. He is athletic and has the ability to score down low. The second-round pick from the Nets can help the Rockets pick up another scoring guard from the draft.
this analysis of where the Lakers are as a team is all kinds of wrong - the Lakers aren't mortgaging their future just to give Kobe a nice send off, they are not even close to having the resources to make a deep play-off run, and they absolutely do need more draft prospectsWhy the Lakers would do it: Time is running out for the Lakers. Kobe Bryant may be entering his final season and the team finally has all the resources to make another deep playoff run. The Lakers do not need more draft prospects. In Mason Plumlee, the Lakers get an athletic, talented big man who can make an impact right away.