The Brooklyn Nets are dangling center Mason Plumlee in hopes of landing a lottery pick in return. ESPN’s Jeff Goodman reported the rumor.
Brooklyn continues to be aggressive trying to move up into lottery. Mason Plumlee being actively shopped, sources told ESPN.
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) June 25, 2015
The Nets currently own the 29th pick in the first round and are on the cusp of another rebuild, so it’s obvious why trading up would seem appealing to GM Billy King, not to mention owner Mikhail Prokhorov. But just how they’re going about offering a lottery pick is simply puzzling.
That isn’t to say that Plumlee isn’t a talented player. The former first-round pick out of Duke improved in his second year in the league, averaging 8.7 points and 6.2 rebounds per game while shooting 57 percent from the field.
However, he only averaged 8.2 minutes per game in the postseason, well below his regular season average of 21.3, as he was stuck behind Brook Lopez on the depth chart.
But to offer someone who is essentially a second-string player with a high ceiling in hopes of getting a lottery pick is a bit ridiculous. Sure, there are plenty of teams in the lottery that need a center, but Plumlee hasn’t really shown yet that he can be a top performer at the position. If anything, the Nets should also someone like Jarrett Jack or even Joe Johnson and his expiring contract.
Nothing on this front is official yet and no teams have been known to engaging the Nets, but Campus Sports will update any and all draft rumors and deals as more details become available.
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