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Proposed deal includes Net’s deal with Joe Harris for $90 million Star Center

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As we head towards the opening of NBA training camps later this month, the Brooklyn Nets will enter the 2022-23 season in as good a position as they could ever have hoped for. Despite the uncertainty surrounding the return of their All-Stars Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, the star couple will qualify for the Nets this season.

Additionally, on opening night, Brooklyn will debut its big star, Ben Simmons, which they acquired at close last year. After missing all of last season with a back injury, adding him to a star-studded mix of KD and Kyrie could be deadly in the Eastern Conference.

Nets general manager Sean Marks has played his part in building a solid roster. But one area where Brooklyn is lacking is in middle position. In this latest trade proposal from Bleacher Report’s Andy Bailey, the Nets move Joe Harris and Cam Thomas in exchange for Atlanta Hawks star Clint Capela to bolster center stage.

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Having a middle stable consisting only of Nicolas Claxton and Day’ Ron Sharpe isn’t exactly a recipe for success. While they have the raw talent to be a force in the future, both Nets big men are relatively young and inexperienced.

As a team now trying to contend for a title, it will not bode well for Brooklyn in the playoffs. Especially when they have to face big stars like Joel Embiid and Giannis Antetokounmpo.

Having a defensive anchor is far more valuable than scoring for the Nets’ current roster. Bailey notes that while losing Harris and his long-range shooting would hurt, the off-season pick-ups of TJ Warren and Royce O’Neal would help fill the void he left.

“The Brooklyn Nets may not have a single above-average starting center on the roster. Nic Claxton and Day’ Ron Sharpe both have the potential to be, but they’re not quite there yet. And with Kevin Durant (33) and Kyrie Irving (30) on the team, the Nets don’t really have the luxury of long catwalks for development,” Bailey wrote, per Bleacher Report.

“Losing Harris’ shootout would hurt, but offseason signings TJ Warren and Royce O’Neale could maybe make up for it.”

This is one of those rare trading propositions that benefit both sides equally. Losing Harris would hurt true Nets fans as he is the only player left from the rebuild. But they already have another designated shooter in Seth Curry that they acquired in the Simmons trade.

The trade would also personally benefit Harris as a player. The nets are loaded with offensive weapons in Irving, Durant and Simmons. Claxton is also likely to master his touches as a starting center and it remains to be seen how TJ Warren and Royce O’Neale will be deployed on offense by Nets head coach Steve Nash.

Trae Young, one of the league’s most dangerous shooters, is already commanding doubles teams as soon as he crosses half court. This will give Harris plenty of open looks and allow him to be used with a much larger volume than he would in Brooklyn. Bailey calls him one of the “best floorspacers in the league”.

“Since Dejounte Murray and Trae Young are probably starting out and playing a lot together, it’s even better to play with more kick-out receivers. Though injuries limited Joe Harris to just 14 games last season, he’s one of the best floorspacers in the league when he’s healthy. Cam Thomas also has some advantages as a shooter,” adds Bailey.

“This move would obviously affect Atlanta’s depth inside, but Onyeka Okongwu is a more versatile defender than Clint Capela. And John Collins could play as a stretch 5 for a few minutes.”

While this trade proposal benefits both sides and gives the Nets a much-needed boost in the front court, their offense is far more dangerous with Harris in the lineup.

The trade would also personally benefit Harris as a player. The nets are loaded with offensive weapons in Irving, Durant and Simmons. Claxton is also likely to master his touches as a starting center and it remains to be seen how TJ Warren and Royce O’Neale will be deployed on offense by Nets head coach Steve Nash.

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