Trail Blazers Defeat Lakers; Spoil Lebron James's Debut in LA
The Portland Trail Blazers defeated the Los Angeles Lakers in Lebron's debut with Los Angeles. What happened?
The ever quiet Sean Marks struck again and made a series of late night trades which further helped the rebirth of his Brooklyn Nets. In two small but significant moves, Marks was able to end the surplus of point guards on the roster, add two bigs, get another first round pick next year, and two 2020 sound rounders. The kicker? He did it all without eating into the ever important cap space for next summer.
Brooklyn traded Jeremy Lin and a second round pick in 2025, the right to swap second round picks in 2023, and an overseas stash to Atlanta for their 2020 second round pick (top 55) protected. This trade was a pure salary dump and it freed up $12.5 million in cap space to add to Brooklyn's $10.5 million in cap space already; this trade was the catalyst for Marks' second move.
Marks' second flurry of moves was to trade Brooklyn native Isiah Whitehead to Denver for Kenneth Faried, Darrell Arthur, a 2019 first round pick (top 12 protected) and a 2020 second round pick.
Neither of these moves shake the NBA, but for Brooklyn they're earth shattering. The most important and easily the most brilliant part of these trades was that the Nets maintained all their cap space for 2019, which is projected to be in the $50 million range. On the more immediate note Marks was able to add much needed front court size to a team that was decimated inside the paint last year, he was also able to establish D'angelo Russell as the de facto starting point guard.
The summer of 2019 will be a huge one for Brooklyn. With their own first round pick as well as Denver's, they'll have control over their selections finally. Add those to the ever growing stash of second rounders and you can argue they have a small war chest of picks. More importantly, Brooklyn has enough cap space for two max slots on a young and rebuilding team. If there's one General Manager who can maximize all those assets, it's Sean Marks. The future is starting to look bright in Brooklyn.