Friday, June 26, 2015

Plumlee, Nets' "PR Slave," traded after two years; four new guys get "Welcome to the neighborhood"

“The NBA is entertainment, too, not sports,” former referee Tim Donaghy recently told New York magazine. And a business.

Consider the prominence at p.r. events over the past two years of Nets backup center Mason Plumlee, who was on the trading block.
(That tweet might not have had the same language were Plumlee not a white guy.)

Indeed, Plumlee was on the block, and last night he was traded as part of a package deal to Portland.

From the press release:
The Brooklyn Nets selected forward Chris McCullough with the 29th pick of the first round in the 2015 NBA Draft tonight.
McCullough (6’9”, 200) joins the Nets after playing one season at Syracuse. The Bronx, N.Y. native averaged 9.3 points, 6.9 rebounds, 2.1 blocks and 1.7 steals in 28.1 minutes per game through 16 games in his lone season with the Orange.
Following the selection of McCullough, the Nets acquired the draft rights to forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and guard Steve Blake from the Portland Trail Blazers in exchange for center Mason Plumlee and the draft rights to guard/forward Pat Connaughton, Nets GM Billy King announced tonight.
Here's NetsDaily coverage.

The news, for the tabloids, was very much secondary to the higher-stakes pick by the New York Knicks, as indicated in the New York Post cover below:

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