Brooklyn Nets 2021 Roster: What the Nets Look Like After Trades and Free Agency Signings

Published 11/22/2020, 6:00 AM EST


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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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. 

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. 

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 Brooklyn Nets finally acquired former MVP James Harden as a part of a mega 4-team trade. With Harden arriving in Brooklyn, the franchise is one step closer to their pursuit of winning an NBA Championship as soon as possible.

Players Lost

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. 

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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.

Following their recent acquisition of James Harden, the Nets had to give up a pretty hefty package. Not only, they traded multiple first round picks, but also two of their most promising assets in Caris LeVert and Jarret Allen.

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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Arjun Athreya is a senior writer at Essentially Sports and has been contributing since early 2020. Having developed an avid interest in sports at an early age, he pursued a Journalism degree and graduated from Madras Christian College. Arjun manages the Golf division and its content, and primarily covers news pertaining to the NBA as well.

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