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Moves the Nets should make to make them better defensively


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Nets

Nets

+3 players ($17.5m),
Cap Impact - $3.5M
  • Myles Turner
    Myles Turner
    C, 6' 11", 1.68 LEBRON
    Stretch Big

    $17.5M

    2yrs

    12
  • Kris Dunn

    RT

    Kris Dunn
    PG, 6' 3", -1.39 LEBRON
    Recently Traded, Secondary Ball Handler

    $5.0M

    1yr

    15
  • David Nwaba

    SI

    David Nwaba
    SF, 6' 5", 0.52 LEBRON
    Salary Increase, Stretch Big

    $4.6M

    3yrs

    11

-2  Wins

+9.02  MPG

-1.78  Off.

+2.14  Def.

Pacers

Pacers

+3 players ($17.4m) +2 picks,
Cap Impact + $3.6M
  • Nic Claxton
    Nic Claxton
    C, 6' 11", 1.84 LEBRON
    Roll + Cut Big

    $1.7M

    1yr

    3
  • Cam Thomas
    Cam Thomas
    G, 6' 4"

    $2.0M

    4yrs

    3
  • Joe Harris
    Joe Harris
    SG, 6' 6", 0.36 LEBRON
    Off Screen Shooter

    $17.3M

    3yrs

    3
  • draft-pick-player

    2024 - Round 2

    3
  • draft-pick-player

    2024 - Round 2

    via WAS or MEM
    3

+2  Wins

+0.09  MPG

+1.37  Off.

-0.87  Def.

Rockets

Rockets

+1 player ($5.9m) +2 picks,
Cap Impact + $1.2M
  • Patty Mills

    RS

    Patty Mills
    PG, 6' 1", -1.58 LEBRON
    Recently Signed, Secondary Ball Handler

    $5.8M

    2yrs

    3
  • draft-pick-player

    2022 - Round 2

    3
  • draft-pick-player

    2025 - Round 2

    via GSW or WAS
    3

+ 0  Wins

+2.15  MPG

-0.22  Off.

-1.88  Def.

Grizzlies

Grizzlies

+1 player ($0) +1 pick,
Cap Impact - $1.3M
  • Jevon Carter
    Jevon Carter
    PG, 6' 1", -0.14 LEBRON
    Stationary Shooter

    $3.6M

    2yrs

    3
  • draft-pick-player

    2026 - Round 2

    3

+1  Wins

+0.70  MPG

+0.63  Off.

+0.61  Def.

The Nets need to desperately improve their defense. I remember someone once told me that historically it is borderline impossible to win a championship if you don’t have a top 15 defense, and they allowed the 10th most points last season, and had the 9th largest defensive rating. These are some moves that can improve their team bigtime.

  1. Trades Joe Harris, Nick Claxton, Cam Thomas, and 2 seconds for Myles Turner

Why the Nets do it: They get someone that was first in the DPOY race, and can still play DPOY-caliber defense

Why the Pacers do it: They get two great shooters in Cam Thomas and Joe Harris, plus they get more assets for their future.

  1. Trades Patty Mills and 2 seconds for David Nwaba

Why the Nets do it: They get more defense

Why the Rockets do it: They get a veteran player in Patty Mills that can be a good mentor for the young guys, and not to mention John Wall is gonna be gone, so this could be a good bench player(with KPJ as the starting PG)

  1. Trades Jevon Carter and a second for Kris Dunn

Why the Nets do it: Yes, they lose defense in Carter but they get someone who is better defensively, and was once 2nd in steals

Why the Grizzlies do it: They get value for a player they don’t really need that much

After these moves, the Nets will have a rotation of:

Kyrie-Harden-KD-Aldridge-Turner with a bench of Dunn-Brown-Nwaba-Millsap-Blake


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