The Nets executed the biggest trade of the 2020-21 NBA season in January when they acquired James Harden from the Rockets, but that deal didn’t mark the end of Brooklyn’s roster turmoil.
After Thursday’s trade deadline came and went, the Nets added veterans Blake Griffin and LaMarcus Aldridge out of the buyout market. Those signings led Brooklyn coach Steve Nash to let out a roar during a media session on Monday, a humorous response to his star-studded team being suddenly dubbed the “villains” of the NBA.
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However, it did not stop there. Nets general manager Sean Marks reportedly had another forward in mind beyond those signings. Marc Stein of The New York Times offered details in his latest newsletter.:
The volume of complaints would surely have been higher if the Nets had been successful in their attempts to trade the injured Spencer Dinwiddie for a winger. Among the options they explored, they told me, was sending Dinwiddie to Golden State for Kelly Oubre. Golden State rejected those proposals because it is still desperate to make the playoffs. While numerous trade scenarios for Oubre emerged, Golden State wasn’t going to trade him for someone who couldn’t help the team any time soon.
Oubre, who is averaging 15.2 points per game in his first season with Golden State, would have been a decent wing option for Brooklyn with Kevin Durant out, but the Warriors are not yet ready to give up on the 25-year-old. . As ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne reported last week, Golden State views Oubre as a vital part of its push to the playoffs.
“I think a lot of people thought it might be available, but we also value it, as evidenced by the fact that we didn’t trade it.” Bob Myers, Warriors president of basketball operations, said of Oubre. “I know it was mentioned, which is totally fine. That’s the NBA we live in. A lot of players are mentioned. It’s probably harder for them. You can tell a player to take it as a compliment, but it’s not me or that is mentioned in regards to moving cities and jobs.
“But he handled it very well, and like I said, I think our actions spoke to how we see him.”
Meanwhile, Dinwiddie is not expected to return this season after undergoing right knee surgery in January to repair his ACL. The Nets haven’t exactly fought without him, of course, as they’re fighting the 76ers for the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference.
Both Oubre (unrestricted) and Dinwiddie (player option) may hit free agency this summer, just another interesting aspect of this trade proposal. Is Oubre willing to play a minor role when Klay Thompson returns? Are the Warriors prepared to pay a hefty tax penalty to keep Oubre? Would it have been better for Golden State to try to re-sign Dinwiddie?
We will learn the answers to those questions in the offseason. For now, though, Oubre is still wearing a Warriors jersey.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.