Report: Nets could be buyer on trade market

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In the first season with their own first-round pick in five years, the Nets said they wouldn’t tank.

In fact, Brooklyn – which is riding a seven-game winning streak – might go further the other direction.

Brian Windhorst of ESPN:

sources report they are hinting in talks with teams they could be a buyer at the trade deadline

The Nets (15-18) are just a half game out of playoff position and two games out of sixth in the East. Reaching the postseason for the first time in four years would be rewarding for this franchise. So, Brooklyn should consider trading for immediate help.

But Brooklyn also doesn’t want to shortchange future seasons, when young players like Spencer Dinwiddie, Jarrett Allen and Caris LeVert could lead the team to even greater success.

It’s a fine line, and the Nets should make their determination based on close they are in the playoff race as the trade deadline approaches and what the trade market dictates. If immediate help comes relatively cheaply, get it. If not, ride it out with the current roster.

Brooklyn has plenty of pieces that could be appealing to sellers – draft picks and young players. One trade candidate who looms large: D'Angelo Russell. The Nets were caught in a conundrum between Russell and Dinwiddie at point guard, and they just extended Dinwiddie’s contract. They could still keep Russell, too, but his impending restricted free agency could get awkward. Maybe it’s better to deal him beforehand.