New Jersey Nets general manager Rod Thorn remains uncertain whether he wants to hold onto the third pick to draft Derrick Favors and is aggressively entertaining trade bids, league sources said.
“Rod doesn’t love that spot right now,” a source with knowledge of the Nets’ thinking said. “He’s willing to get out of there and go down.”
The Detroit Pistons would love to get to No. 3 and draft Kentucky center DeMarcus Cousins, sources said, but the two teams haven’t been able to get anywhere on a possible package. The Pistons engaged Sacramento on the fifth spot, but Kings GM Geoff Petrie wants to take Cousins and keep him.
Wojnarowski also wrote the Pistons are no longer actively looking to move up. I think there’s a decent chance this is a ploy.
So what’s a New Jersey trade that could work? Here’s what I came up with:
The trade adds $2,800,178 to the Nets’ cap room ($1,213,8474 for the difference in players’ salaries, $1,112,700 for the difference in draft picks and $473,604 for removing a roster charge).
Sebastian Pruiti of Nets Are Scorching’s thoughts:
I could see that working. Maxiell is a guy who can backup Brook, Stuckey comes in for Harris. But they are only doing this if Monroe is their #1 guy.