The Brooklyn Nets will enter the 2020/21 NBA season with a surge of championship hopes riding on them. The franchise exited during the first round of the playoffs last season and would look to soar new heights with their impressive new core.
The center of attraction will rest on Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, even if the Nets make plenty of trades or signings in the offseason. Several eye-catching rumors about James Harden joining the duo took the community by storm, but the idea has now fizzled out.
James Harden turned down extension that would give him $50M per year, per @wojespn
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) November 17, 2020
However, the Nets have been in business this offseason, signing a few players to boost the roster. Meanwhile, they’ve freed space by trading out a few players to give them playing time elsewhere.
Brooklyn Nets transactions: Players signed via trades and free agency
The Brooklyn Nets have a lot of options in free agency, but they made their initial move by retaining one of their former stars. They re-signed 2019 three-point contest champion Joe Harris by offering him a four-year deal worth $75 million.
Free agent guard Joe Harris has agreed to a four-year, $75M deal to return to the Brooklyn Nets, his agent Mark Bartelstein @PrioritySports tells ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) November 21, 2020
Harris has been with the Nets since 2016 and started every game during 2019/20 to fill in for the injured stars. He posted career-highs of 14.5 points and 4.3 rebounds last season.
The franchise then went out to sign a veteran in Jeff Green who previously played for the Houston Rockets. The 34-year-old inked a one-year deal with the Nets and will earn roughly $2 million.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) November 21, 2020
Green has been in the league since 2007 and has played for numerous teams in his prolonged career. He left the Rockets as an unrestricted free agent and signed a veteran’s minimum contract with the Nets to join his 10th different team in the NBA.
The front office decided to trade away their 19th overall pick in the draft and earned two valuable guards in return. This move called for a three-way trade involving the LA Clippers and Detroit Pistons in the deal.
— Brooklyn Nets (@BrooklynNets) November 20, 2020
The Nets received two experienced guards in Landry Shamet from the Clippers and Bruce Brown from the Pistons in exchange for the first-round pick and Bosnian forward Dzanan Musa.
The Nets declined to extended Garrett Temple’s contract with the team. The veteran signed for the Nets on a one year deal in 2019 but saw his career at Brooklyn come to an end after just one season.
The Chicago Bulls sealed Temple’s services by signing him on a one-year $5 million deal after the Louisiana native posted career-high averages of 10.3 points and 2.5 assists across during the 2019/20 season.
Garrett Temple is reportedly headed to Chicago. pic.twitter.com/VoegwanhQ3
— NBA TV (@NBATV) November 21, 2020
Furthermore, they signed Jay Scrubb in the second round of the 2020 draft and subsequently traded him to the LA Clippers in order to bring Shamet into the team. The Nets also picked up highly heralded prospect Saddiq Bey with the 19th overall pick but chose to trade him out as well.
The Nets are shaping their franchise for the future, roster wise and front office wise. They have a new Head Coach who is expected to perform a clinical job with the team. The season looks bright for Durant and Irving. But the question is how far can they take the team?
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