Recently, the Brooklyn Nets traded Joe Harris, a 2027 second-round pick, and a 2029 second-round pick to the Detroit Pistons. It currently has not been determined what the Nets received in return for this deal. However, this deal does free up a considerable amount of cap space for them to make some moves in free agency or trade for a star player. While there is a case for either team to be the winner of this deal, there is a clear side that won.
The case for the Brooklyn Nets to win this deal lives and dies with what they get out of the cap space that this trade created. Harris was set to make $19.9 million in the 2023-24 season. He was in and out of the Nets’ starting lineup last season and was not worth the money that he was making to remain on the team.
With the Nets set to go through a slight rebuild after losing James Harden, Kyrie Irving, and Kevin Durant over the course of two seasons, there is no need for a veteran with a large contract like Harris to remain on the roster. If the Nets are able to make a splash in free agency or trade for a star player to put alongside Mikal Bridges, they would come out as the clear winners of this deal.
Currently, the Detroit Pistons have a strong case to be the winner of this trade. For the time being, they picked up Harris and two second-round picks and gave up nothing in return. Even when it becomes public knowledge what the Pistons traded, it likely will not end up being much. At most, they potentially gave up a second-round pick or cash considerations for the veteran sharpshooter.
With Harris on the team, the Pistons now have a very compelling roster heading into the 2023-24 season. While they are still far from being championship contenders, there is a chance that they could make a playoff push. Their roster consists of loads of young talent and also features a couple of talented older shooters.
Last season, Harris averaged 7.6 points, 2.2 rebounds, and 1.4 assists while shooting 45.7% from the field and an incredible 42.6% from three. While he may not be a starter for the Pistons, he will be a key contributor off of the bench.
For the time being, the Pistons are the winner of this deal. It is unlikely that the Nets will be able to draw in a big-name free agent even with the additional cap space that they have. Along with this, with Damian Lillard making it clear that he wants to join the Miami Heat, they likely will not be able to trade for a star. Detroit got one of the league’s premier shooters for almost free. He will be a difference-maker for the Pistons this season and they may be able to resign him to a more team-friendly deal after the conclusion of the 2023-24 season.
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