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Report: Nets finalizing trades with Bulls and Pelicans to free up roster spot

Jan 18, 2014, 5:00 PM EST

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The Brooklyn Nets are reportedly close to making two separate trades that will be of little consequence to their product on the court, or to the average fan.

But they may be setting themselves up for something bigger in the future.

The Nets are finalizing a trade with the Bulls that would send Tornike Shengalia to Chicago in exchange for Marquis Teague, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.

A separate deal with the Pelicans (also reported by Wojnarowski) has Brooklyn sending Tyshawn Taylor to New Orleans with cash in exchange for a future draft pick.

The latter move is likely of more interest, since it creates a roster spot that could allow the Nets to use the disabled player exception they were granted when Brook Lopez was lost for the season due to injury.

There’s a prohibitive cost associated with using that $5.25 million exception to go out and get some additional talent, likely in the $16-$20 million range when luxury tax penalties are considered. But the team applied for it for a reason, and it would appear they are making these moves in case an opportunity to add another piece presents itself.

Taylor averaged 3.9 points and 1.6 assists in 11.7 minutes per game for Brooklyn this season, while appearing in 23 contests. He had fallen out of the rotation since the middle of December, however, and will be remembered most for his role in the drink-spilling incident involving Jason Kidd that took place earlier this season.

Teague is a player similar in skill set to Taylor, and Shengalia didn’t play much at all for the Nets. But Brooklyn is taking on an additional year of guaranteed salary in order to add Teague to the roster.

  1. ballsoharduniversity52 - Jan 18, 2014 at 5:08 PM

    Irrelevant

  2. tonystrong - Jan 18, 2014 at 6:44 PM

    Nets just entered the Andrew Bynum sweepstakes to replace Brook Lopez for the remainder of the season!

    • money2long - Jan 18, 2014 at 10:30 PM

      you’re on to something. nets aim for back page attention.

  3. sportsfan18 - Jan 18, 2014 at 7:43 PM

    Because they are SO close to being a real contender for the championship… they’ll decide to spend $15 to $16 million on a $5 million player.

    What a waste.

  4. spg3081 - Jan 18, 2014 at 8:50 PM

    @sportsfan18

    We may view it as wasteful spending. Many teams around the league wouldn’t do the same because it would erase a chunk of ownership’s net profit.

    To this particular Russian billionaire it’s possible that him spending $20-25 million overall on one player (and not a stud at that) is akin to you or I losing 55 cents in the couch cushions.

    As for his bottom line, New York (like LA) are different animals for sports franchises. The higher ticket prices, ad fees, TV rights, etc, allow them to spend more and not be affected as a mid or small market franchise would. And if said player adds enough to the whole to ensure a playoff berth -especially if they win a series – then the deal would still result in a net profit.

    Then again, we could take business out of the equation. It may be a case of he’ll never miss that money and his ego hurts over how bad the team is. I bet he’d pay $100 million if he could to add a superstar. No one really knows how many billions he has, given the shady nature of previous business dealings. In summary, spending money is of no consequence to him.

  5. spg3081 - Jan 18, 2014 at 8:51 PM

    @sportsfan
    I do agree that whatever move they ultimately make would be akin to having a bigger band flown on to the Titanic to entertain the passengers as the ship sinks.

  6. stayhigh_247 - Jan 18, 2014 at 11:42 PM

    Do you honestly think Kg is gonna put up with lazy Drew?

  7. spg3081 - Jan 19, 2014 at 1:02 AM

    Following up on my earlier comment – if they’re clearing room so they can offer Bynum more than anyone else then they are truly being VERY optimistic. Maybe they feel Garnett is similar enough to Kobe that he’ll bring out the best in Bynum. Of course, I don’t think it was just Kobe – Phil likely played a big role, massaging Bynum’s ego and feeding into his supposed “softer, intellectual side” plus I’m sure Gasol & others pushed him as well.

    Even if Bynum regains the drive and motivation he had in LA it will take time for him to contribute as he did there. I doubt he’s in 30-35 minutes a night shape right now. His knees may never allow him to play at that level again. Even if he does, what happens next? He won’t contribute enough the remainder of the year to justify spending $20-25 million. Not even a billionaire with unlimited resources would spend that money to basically develop a future asset. If they thought they could restore him and use him moving forward then fine, spend the cash. What do they do with Lopez in that scenario? They’ve attempted to deal Lopez several times – they could find a taker but not receive a legitimate All Star as they hope. Okay, keep Lopez and deal Bynu…oh, he’s be a free agent. No dealing him unless they sign him for two or more years. Maybe he signs a deal that isn’t guaranteed after this season but not likely if he felt they’d only do so to trade him and he’d have no say in where he goes. He’d be better off signing for this season and signing wherever he wants next year if he proves that he’s back.

    In short, don’t assume they’re doing this to sign Bynum. They want to be able to take on a larger contract without trading away the larger contract of a current contributer. They could offer another team salary relief – that team would take back less in return, hopefully in expiring deals. Gasol, Randolph would be more likely.

  8. chicagosports2014 - Jan 19, 2014 at 3:40 AM

    Look like we got are selves a player.

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