Mock trade has Nets trading Dorian Finney-Smith for Bucks’ first-round pick
The Brooklyn Nets are in a good position heading into their offseason as they have a multitude of ways to go with their franchise. While it is not in its best interest, Brooklyn could go into a full rebuild or if that option doesn’t seem good enough, they can always retool around Mikal Bridges.
Bridges is under contract for the next few seasons so the Nets do not have to worry about that for awhile. However, players that are important to the organization in one way or another, such as talented wing Cam Johnson, Brooklyn will have to make important decisions like how much are they willing to pay to keep Johnson in town now that he’s a restricted free-agent.
One of the players who could be at risk of being traded is forward Dorian Finney-Smith. Finney-Smith has been valuable as a shooter and defender for the Dallas Mavericks and the Nets during his career, but the Nets have a surplus of wings at the moment. Here is a mock trade proposed by Bleacher Report in which Brooklyn gets a first-round pick in exchange for Finney-Smith:
The mock trade
Brooklyn Nets receive: Grayson Allen, MarJon Beauchamp and a 2029 first-round pick (top-four protected)
Milwaukee Bucks receive: Dorian Finney-Smith
Should the Nets do this trade?
This trade could be made whether Brooklyn is looking to rebuild or compete. It seems like Royce O’Neale and/or Finney-Smith may have to go if the Nets want to balance out the roster with more guards and bigs. If Finney-Smith is dealt, then O’Neale can move into one of the starting forward spots as he was playing before Kevin Durant was traded. Most likely, since the Houston Rockets have control over Brooklyn’s draft picks for the next few seasons, the Nets will try to compete so keeping players like Finney-Smith would be optimal, but they have to find a way to get more guards and bigs. The 2029 first-round pick would be huge for Brooklyn down the line assuming that Giannis Antetokounmpo isn’t in Milwaukee in a few years from now.
Verdict: No, the Nets should not do this trade.
What B/R thinks of the trade
“The Bucks don’t have the biggest trade budget, so they might only have one shot to get this right. Given their needs for defense and shooting on the perimeter, they should make a strong offer for Dorian Finney-Smith.
Now, he won’t be cheap. The Nets were reportedly offered two first-round picks for him ahead of the deadline, per HoopsHype’s Michael Scotto. If this trade package would suffice, though, Milwaukee should pounce.
Finney-Smith is a shape-shifting defender with the length, strength, smarts and effort needed to pester point-producers of nearly all sizes and styles. In Brooklyn’s first-round series, he held James Harden, Joel Embiid and Tobias Harris to a combined 4-of-19 shooting (21.1 percent).”