Those in the know believe the Nets will acquire a first-round pick in the upcoming NBA Draft, which takes place on June 23.
On Sunday, Basketball Insiders' Alex Kennedy, citing sources, tweeted that both the Knicks and Nets are aggressively seeking to acquire a first-round pick.
Later, Kennedy said the prevailing notion around the league is that the Nets will acquire a first-rounder before the draft.
Currently, the Nets only have the 55th pick in the draft. Their first-rounder was traded to the Celtics in 2013, and the right to swap their pick with the Clippers was dealt back in 2011.
This is potentially great news, but you have to wonder what the Nets would give up. A knee-jerk reaction says one of their two front court stars, Brook Lopez or Thaddeus Young. Sean Marks said less than a month ago that the team wants to keep their starting center and power forward, but I don't buy it.
If the Nets are getting a first-rounder, it has to be in a deal for one of those two. They just don't have that many attractive assets to swap, so I'd assume Young and/or Lopez have to be part of the exchange. That's not necessarily a bad thing, though.
For one, it'll clear major payroll ahead of a mega free agent class in the summer of 2017. Plus, it will give the Nets plenty of opportunities to develop their 2015 picks -- Chris McCullough and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson -- all while adding to that young crop of talent.
By doing so, that could make the borough a much more attractive place for a big-time free agent, and ultimately speed up Brooklyn's timeline on their return to relevancy. I'm very intrigued…