Following the acquisition of James Harden, the Brooklyn Nets are lacking depth–especially at the center spot–and the Boston Celtics could solve that problem with a Daniel Thies trade.
The Eastern Conference undoubtedly shifted this past week when the Brooklyn Nets acquired James Harden from the Houston Rockets. While the Boston Celtics were on Harden’s list of preferred destinations, they didn’t meet the exorbitant asking price the Rockets had for their 3x reigning scoring champion.
Ultimately, the Nets sacrificed their future for a shot at glory in the next two years with their new superstar trio.
Where have I heard about Brooklyn mortgaging their draft stock for aging veterans? Oh, yea, when they did this exact thing eight years ago in a deal for Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce.
To be fair, it is different this time. Harden is better than Pierce and Garnett were, but the cost for him destroyed the Nets’ depth…which the Billy King disaster of 2013 did not.
In particular, the center position is shallower than a kiddie pool as my co-editor Mark Nilon would say. Jarrett Allen’s departure will have a grave impact on the team’s big-man rotation. DeAndre Jordan is no longer a full-time starter.
With Mike D’Antoni in tow to oversee the offense, deploying Kevin Durant or Jeff Green at the 5 is possible, but the better bet is to address this center issue.
The Boston Celtics come into play as a team with a surplus of big men with Tristan Thompson in tow and the Robert Williams/Tacko Fall duo looking playable off the bench.
Here are 2 Daniel Theis-Brooklyn Nets trades: