Anthony Morrow

How the Brooklyn Nets Can Trade Into the First Round

With the NBA Draft fast approaching and the Brooklyn Nets lacking a pick until #57, Billy King wants to make a move to get a higher pick in the draft. King wants to do this because he values young talent and he thinks he has a good scouting eye. Last season, the Nets came into the draft with the #27 and #36 picks and left with #25 (Marshon Brooks), #31 (Bojan Bogdanovic), and #36 (Jordan Williams). So King knows how to make these kinds of trades. He also has a history of making good late picks from his time in Philadelphia. Even though the Nets don’t have a lot of pieces that they can trade, they do have a few options. They can create a package with their #57 pick. They can trade Johan Petro, who only has a year left on his contract.  They can trade Anthony Morrow, a sharpshooter who could definitely help out a playoff team. This Morrow trade scenario is definitely the most interesting. Take a look at what Alex Kennedy, a writer for the site Hoopsworld, has to say about some teams with late first round picks (you can see the whole article here):

Teams Looking to Trade First-Round Picks: Over the next few weeks, don’t be surprised if a large number of teams outside of the lottery try to trade their first-round pick.

Multiple sources have told HOOPSWORLD that a lot of teams are trying to get rid their pick, which could make for an interesting draft night.

“Almost everyone wants to get out of their pick in this draft,” said one Western Conference executive. “For some teams, it’s hard to take on money for multiple years in this economic climate, especially if the player would not make an impact and help the team win immediately.”

That means contending teams like the Oklahoma City Thunder or Chicago Bulls may opt to trade their late first-round pick rather than draft a rookie who won’t really contribute (just like Reggie Jackson and Jimmy Butler this season). Expect plenty of trade rumors over the next several weeks.

Anthony Morrow would be an excellent trade for many of these teams. Let’s look at a team like Oklahoma City, a very good team right now who plays in a small market and who isn’t looking to get younger with draft picks. They can pick up Anthony Morrow, who only has one year left on his contract, and they can trade their late first round pick to Brooklyn. Championship contending teams can never have too many sharp-shooters, so Morrow would be an excellent fit. It would work out for the Nets because they would be able to get younger and start building for the future. I expect Anthony Morrow, and maybe Petro too (if a team wants him), to be traded before the NBA draft.

Tags: Anthony Morrow Billy King Brooklyn Nets Johan Petro NBA NBA Draft 2012 Oklahoma City Thunder

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