Washington Wizards x Brooklyn Nets | Trade Explanation
ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported Wednesday that Brooklyn aims to bolster its frontcourt at the trade deadline. It's been a career season for Kuzma in Washington, averaging 21.7 points per game and 7.4 rebounds. While Kevin Durant remains sidelined with an MCL injury, Kuzma would give Brooklyn the scoring it needs, eventually becoming a premier third option behind Durant and Kyrie Irving.
Kuzma has a player option for next season, and Washington won't want to be left empty-handed if he bolts in free agency. Washington would be happy with a young player like Thomas and a first-round pick for Kuzma, and they could hypothetically flip Curry for an extra second-round pick.
Atlanta Hawks x Brooklyn Nets | Trade Explanation
This deal improves the Hawks’ spacing. Given their ball-dominant backcourt pairing, that’s integral. Moreover, O’Neale’s low usage 3-and-D skillset may suit the Hawks better.
Similarly, Collins should fit right in on the Brooklyn Nets. He’d have particular value to them as a small-ball 5 in lineups where Ben Simmons was running point.
The Brooklyn Nets Starting Lineup After The Trade
PG Ben Simmons
SG Kyrie Irving
SF Kyle Kuzma
PF John Collins
C Nicolas Claxton
The Washington Wizards Bench Rotation After The Trade
PG Delon Wright
SG Seth Curry
SF Cam Thomas
PF Rui Hachimura
C Taj Gibson
The Atlanta Hawks Bench Rotation After The Trade
PG Aaron Holiday
SG Bogdan Bogdanovic
SF Joe Harris
PF Royce O'Neale
C Onyeka Okongwu