Brooklyn Nets Receive: C Richaun Holmes, F Nemanja Bjelica
Sacramento Kings Receive: G Spencer Dinwiddie, C Nicolas Claxton, IND 2021 2nd Round Pick (via BRK), PHX 2021 2nd Round Pick (via BRK)
So far this season, Richaun Holmes is averaging 13.0 points, 8.2 rebounds, 1.5 blocks and is shooting 65.7% from the floor, making him one of the most underrated centers in the league. Not only is he extremely athletic for a center, but Holmes could be the versatile player that pushes Brooklyn over the edge and makes them impossible to stop.
He can score in the low-post, he can crash the offensive glass, he can block shots and most importantly, he can give Brooklyn steady play from the center position. DeAndre Jordan has been surprisingly very good for the Nets this season, but he cannot play 25+ minutes per game anymore.
Holmes is averaging close to 30 minutes per game this year and with him being just 27-years old, he could be a player that Brooklyn could look to keep long-term. Nemanja Bjelica is a veteran forward who’s name has been brought up a lot in trade talks this year. The 32-year old forward is a very consistent bench player and like Holmes, would provide some much needed depth for Brooklyn’s frontcourt.
On the other end of things, the Sacramento Kings currently in 13th place in the Western Conference and their playoff hopes are slowly starting to fade away. Even if they do make the playoffs this year, they are going to get pummeled in the first-round by the Jazz, Lakers or Clippers, which is why they should be doing everything they can to build for the future.
They may not have a need for another high-level guard like Spencer Dinwiddie since they have De’Aaron Fox and Tyrese Halbiurton, but acquiring Dinwiddie at a small price could offer them a big return. Not only can he be a solid, experienced backcourt player for them to build with, but they could potentially look to trade him again for even more value/draft picks.
With all of this being said, let’s take a closer look as to why this trade makes sense for both the Brooklyn Nets and the Sacramento Kings.