UNITED STATES—The Brooklyn Nets have been down this road before: Trading a cadre of assets—players and draft picks—to get a superstar. The Nets, per ESPN, parted ways with rising stars Caris LeVert and Jarett Allen, 3-and-D wing Taurean Prince, small forward Rodions Kurucs, and three unprotected first round picks (2022, 2024 and 2026) to get 2018 MVP James Harden.
LeVert, along with the Houston Rockets’ 2023 second-round pick, was sent to the Indiana Pacers in this four-team mega-deal, while Allen and Prince were traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Rockets, on the other hand, got Kurucs (from the Nets), Victor Oladipo (from the Pacers), Dante Exum (from the Cavs), and several picks.
This deal is reminiscent of the last time the Nets made a big trade back in 2013. With the team entering their second season in Brooklyn, then Nets GM Billy King traded for Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, and Jason Terry of the Boston Celtics. In return, the Nets gave the Celtics Kris Humphries and Gerald Wallace, and most notably, a plethora of unprotected draft picks and swaps.
Among these picks and swaps were a 2014 first-rounder (17th, which the Celtics used to take James Young), a 2016 first-round pick (3rd, Jaylen Brown), and a 2017 first-rounder (1st pick swapped for the 3rd pick, Jayson Tatum). And all the Nets could show for that mega-deal was one year each from Terry and Pierce, two years from Garnett, and two postseason appearances (2013−2014 and 2014−2015).
With Garnett, Pierce, and Terry gone within