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Trade Proposal Makes Nets Move Major Players for Dead-Eye Shooter: Report

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After a lackluster start to the season, the Brooklyn Nets finally seem to be putting all the pieces together. After a blowout win against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday, the Nets finished a 7-game road trip with a 6-1 record. They now have an overall record of 10-4 and are 3rd in the Eastern Conference Playoffs. Brooklyn has seen some turmoil in the last few months and some fans were worried from the start but now look in great shape to be one of the top contenders in the Eastern Conference.

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The Nets, who are among the leaders in the playoffs, are an achievement in themselves. However, an even greater accomplishment is that they did so without the contributions of several players who they thought would be heavily relied on at the start of the season. Two of these main characters are their big reserve men Paul Millsap and Blake Griffin, who fought mightily in the team’s first 14 games. Because of this, Zach Buckley of Bleacher Report has traded the Nets Millsap and Griffin to the Thunder in his latest trade proposal.

“It’s fun to see LaMarcus Aldridge back in the ring after what he went through last season. However, it’s unsettling to see how much better he was than the rest of Brooklyn’s greats.
Blake Griffin and Paul Millsap look like they aged into dog years this off-season. Nicolas Claxton was up and down before illness forced him off the floor. James Johnson should be kept behind emergency glass. Rookie Day’Ron Sharpe is too raw to contribute, “writes Buckley on” Bleacher Report “.

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If Steve Nash has shown us anything in his first two seasons as Nets head coach, it is that he will try as many lineups as possible to make things work. Swapping Griffin and Millsap would mean landing a sniper in Thunder Big Man Mike Muscala, which would also mean more open shots for everyone on the team. During the season, Muscala shoots 47.3% out of the field and 41.7% out of three.

“The Nets have to deal with their front court by the deadline,” Buckley continues. “Your dream could be Derrick Favors, who you drafted third overall in 2010, but his salary of $ 9.7 million doesn’t fit the budget. Brooklyn could instead target their Oklahoma City Thunder teammate Mike Muscala, whose rebound and outside shooting would be helpful. “

To do justice to Griffin, he has improved over the season. He had his best game of the season against the Toronto Raptors on the Nets road trip, where he scored a double-double with a season high of 14 points and 11 rebounds. Griffin is also runner-up in the NBA on per-game strokes so he puts a emphasis on defense as well. Despite showing improvements, the Nets are in win-now mode and the championship windows don’t stay open for long.

As for Millsap, he’s been virtually non-existent in the Nets rotation so far this season. He struggles to see the ground as he only plays 10.7 minutes per game and averages 3.0 points per game with 37.5% shots from the field and 25% from outside the arc.

While strictly hypothetical, this could be a trade the Nets should at least consider as they would improve almost instantly on the offensive.

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