Nets GM Sean Marks doesn't see the team 'changing five or six guys on the roster' amid trade rumors

Colin Martin
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Sean Marks (2020)
Sean Marks (2020)

On Friday, Nets GM Sean Marks spoke to reporters via a Zoom call to discuss the team's potential plans for the offseason ahead of free agency officially starting at 6 p.m.

There have been rumors swirling around that Houston Rockets superstar James Harden would prefer to be traded to Brooklyn to team up with Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving. Although, Marks would go on to say that trading multiple players to obtain another star by the start of the season isn't really in the plans.

"I think we're preparing for a variety of different scenarios," Marks said. "I don't think we need to make trades or sign players for the sake of making trades or signing players. There needs to be a purpose behind it, it needs to fill a role. Whether it's the win-now perspective or something that helps us over the course of the next two to three years.

"I couldn't tell you if we're done yet or not. But I don't see us changing five or six guys on the roster if that's what you mean." 

It's unknown how much Houston would want in return for Harden if the Nets were to make a trade. Though, it's fair to assume it would take some combination of younger players like Caris LeVert, Jarrett Allen, Spencer Dinwiddie and draft picks.

SNY NBA Insider Ian Begley asked Marks if the team would prefer to make a trade to this magnitude before the season starts.

"It's the ugly part of the business, the strange part, the awkward part, and I think it needs to be discussed," Marks said. "I've talked to several guys about this, and just said look they're just rumors, let's go out there and concentrate on what we have at hand. Which is the group that's here. 

"They understand this is a business and let's be prepared. I sincerely mean it when, look, I like this group that we have. Group's been together for a while now, and we continue to add some pieces to it. Training camp is going to be competitive, and it's gonna be fun with the group we have. And if things change, things change out. I think you have to have those honest conversations with players and not let rumors just simmer in the background."