Here is the projected rotation for the Nets after trading for James Harden
The Brooklyn Nets took a earth-shattering move, adding James Harden to a roster that already had superstars Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving.
Note that the networks still have three roster slots available for additional trains, so they may not have been fully purchased. ESPN's Bobby Marks reported that Brooklyn can offer the mid-level taxpayer exemption ($ 5.7 million) and the minimum exemption.
He also speculated they could get a disabled player exemption ($ 5.7 million) for the injury to Spencer Dinwiddie, who is out for the remainder of the season with a partially torn ACL.
Here's what the roster looks like in its current form to get a better idea of which holes need to be filled.
January 3, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets point guard Kyrie Irving (11) plays the ball against the Washington Wizards in the second quarter at the Barclays Center.
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Kyrie Irving Tyler Johnson Chris Chiozza Brooklyn is currently without Kyrie Irving for unknown personal reasons and there is no precise schedule for his return. However, Harden is more than capable of serving as the primary ball handler for a crime. He will likely act as de facto point guard once he integrates with the team and until Irving returns. In the meantime, there's a lot of depth in the backcourt as some of the other players in the squad (Tyler Johnson, Chris Chiozza, Bruce Brown and Landry Shamet) are also more than usable when playing on the ball. Next season, when Spencer Dinwiddie returns, he'll likely be the general from the bank.
January 10, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; James Harden # 13 of the Houston Rockets reacts to a basket during the first quarter of a game against the Los Angeles Lakers at the Toyota Center on January 10, 2021 in Houston, Texas.
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James Harden Bruce Brown Landry Shamet Spencer Dinwiddie (INJURED) The nets landed the largest trading item in the market, and it isn't often that a player like Harden becomes available. Brooklyn has already outperformed its opponents by 17.5 points per 100 possessions when Irving was on the floor with Kevin Durant. That number can get even higher, of course, when a player with as many offensive skills as Harden is added. Shamet has had problems since joining the Nets, but Brown has played a solid role in their rotation.
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JANUARY 12: Joe Harris # 12 of the Brooklyn Nets reacts after a goal in the second half against the Denver Nuggets at the Barclays Center on January 12, 2021 in Brooklyn, New York. The nets won 122-116. NOTE TO USER: The user expressly acknowledges and agrees that by downloading and / or using this photo, the user is agreeing to the terms of the Getty Images license agreement.
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Joe Harris Timothé Luwawu-Cabarrot When a team is exposed to offensive threats like Durant and Irving, there are many options for open shooters waiting for the perimeter. Joe Harris made the most of these looks, shooting an absurd 51.5% from a distance in 2020-21. While the organization in Taurean Prince has lost some depth, in Timothé Luwawu-Cabarrot they have solid support. Expect them to use any of their available roster seats on a small striker. There are a few new Brooklyn strikers currently available as free agents including Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Allen Crabbe, Joe Johnson, Wilson Chandler, Iman Shumpert, and DeMarre Carroll.
January 1, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets' little striker Kevin Durant (7) drives the ball in the fourth quarter at the Barclays Center for point guard Brandon Goodwin (0) from Atlanta Hawks
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Kevin Durant Jeff Green Since returning from injury, Kevin Durant has averaged 29.9 points and 7.8 rebounds with 5.8 assists per game while shooting 44.7% out of 3-point range. Those would be incredibly impressive numbers for anyone, especially someone coming back from an Achilles tear. NBA veteran Jeff Green has made five starts for Brooklyn and averages 19.8 minutes per game. This is another position where the front office is likely to seek help with free decision making.
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DeAndre Jordan Reggie Perry Nic Claxton (INJURED) Brooklyn moved to Harden from Jarrett Allen, one of their only recent first-round picks. This means that they have given the keys to their starting position to DeAndre Jordan, a 32-year-old who has, on average, completed the fewest minutes of his career in over a decade. It may have passed its prime, but with a low usage rate it can give in to its superstar teammates. Reggie Perry, voted second round in the 2020 NBA draft, may not be ready on the ground for a ton of time to support Jordan as a rookie. But until 21-year-old Nic Claxton returns from his knee injury to make his debut this year, Perry may get more calls. Don't be surprised to see some key minutes from Durant even at five. [listicle id = 1440075]
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