Brooklyn Nets: free agent primer
As we approach free agency, Sean Marks has shown that he is willing to trade anyone to acquire assets. Forward Trevor Booker is not an exception. Let’s take a look at what would come back in return in a potential trade centered around Booker for the Brooklyn Nets.
Booker exemplifies #BrooklynGrit. He is a leader, hard worker, and unselfish. Every single team can use a guy like Booker on their team. However, Booker might not have that much value on the trade market. From an on-the court perspective, he is a very common player.
Many teams already have a Booker-type player on their team. James Johnson, Zach Randolph, and Taj Gibson are on the free agent market this year and have very similar games. Teams will gravitate toward free agency to find a player like Booker because 1. they will be cheaper and 2. they don’t have to give up an asset.
At best, Booker could be dealt at the trade deadline to a team in contention who needs a gritty player. Even then, they probably would’t give up much. No team is forking over a first round pick or young talent. A player on a bad contract in a salary dump is what the Nets would get in return.
As an expiring $9 million contract, Booker could be dealt to a team that is looking to clear up cap space for a push in the offseason.
Marks has shown that he will not just give up players for nothing in trades, so don’t expect a Booker deal if there is minimal return. Booker is too big of a player in the Nets’ system to just give him up.
While Booker is a vital cog in Brooklyn’s team, that doesn’t mean that he is a big trade chip to gain a key player in the future.