The Brooklyn Nets have found themselves in the headlines on countless occasions with regards to the trade deadline in years past. Whether it be the failed trade attempts for Dwight Howard and Carmelo Anthony, or the “successful” trade for Deron Williams, the Nets look forward to this part of the season.

People are doubting Brooklyn’s capabilities of digging themselves out of the hole the infamous Boston Celtics trade put them in, but they have found ways to acquire promising young talent and have developed them the right way. This year’s trade deadline will be more of the same for the Nets: find a way to continue their youth movement.

Draft Picks 

The Nets are known for their lack of draft picks due to their trade with the Boston Celtics a few years ago, but they have done a good job of taking on players with high salaries while also getting some first round picks in the middle of the draft. The Nets don’t have their own first round pick this year, but they were able to acquire the Toronto Raptors’ pick. The Raptors are one of the best teams in the league this year, so look for the Nets to try and make another move to add another first round pick before the trade deadline.

Get rid of big salaries

As previously mentioned, the Nets have taken on some big salaries and have benefited by getting young talent. The Nets knew what they were getting themselves into when they took on the pricy commitments, but now is their chance to try to trade the expensive players to contenders in need of that “last piece to the puzzle”. The Nets will be in an even better situation this summer if they can get one of the expensive players off their book.

Stand-pat 

The last option for the Nets would be to stick with the players they have and do nothing. The Nets aren’t at the top of the Eastern Conference standings, but they have shown a lot of progress this year in a season where the doubters were out to get them. They have a solid core of young players that can really take that next step if they continue to develop the right way.

Brooklyn’s coaching staff, especially head coach Kenny Atkinson, is known for being one of the best in terms of player development, so they should feel confident with the players they have because of the coaching staff they have provided them.

This article first appeared on isportsweb.com and was syndicated with permission.

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