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Nets Add a Stretch Five, T-Wolves Add Pieces that Fit Around KAT Not Named D'Angelo, Pels get a True Point Guard to Run the Team


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Timberwolves

Timberwolves

+2 players ($30.2m),
Cap Impact - $1.1M
  • Devonte' Graham
    Devonte' Graham
    PG, 6' 1", 0.57 LEBRON
    Primary Ball Handler

    $11.5M

    3yrs

    19
  • Joe Harris
    Joe Harris
    SG, 6' 6", -2.57 LEBRON
    Movement Shooter

    $18.6M

    2yrs

    3

+ 0  Wins

+26.71  MPG

-3.21  Off.

+0.79  Def.

Pelicans

Pelicans

+1 player ($31.4m),
Cap Impact + $5.1M
  • D'Angelo Russell
    D'Angelo Russell
    PG, 6' 4", 0.44 LEBRON
    Primary Ball Handler

    $31.3M

    1yr

    18

-7  Wins

-26.76  MPG

+0.16  Off.

-2.26  Def.

Nets

Nets

+1 player ($14.7m),
Cap Impact - $3.9M
  • Jonas Valanciunas
    Jonas Valanciunas
    C, 6' 11", 1.96 LEBRON
    Post Scorer

    $14.7M

    2yrs

    19

+6  Wins

+0.06  MPG

+3.05  Off.

+1.47  Def.

The New Orleans Pelicans are shipping Jonas Valanciunas to a center needy team and Graham to the Wolves to offset the loss of Russell.

The former lands in Brooklyn. Valanciunas used to be widely regarded as a traditional big man. He evolved. He’s spent the last two seasons establishing himself as a stretch five, shooting 36.8% and 36.1% from deep while upping his three-point volume from 0.9 to 2.1 attempts per game.

That’s significant for these Brooklyn Nets. They’ll be incorporating Ben Simmons into their attack in 2022-23. As a non-shooting ball-handler, he basically requires a shooting big man to be maximized.

Joe Harris was mostly injured over 2021-22, but he’s proven himself as one of the most lethal three-point threats in the NBA. He’s the type of player that fits into every lineup. The Timberwolves would love him.


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