Friday, June 24, 2016

Come Together Like Brooklyn: Nets trade Young, only BK resident on team, draft BK-born Whitehead

Remember, fans are rooting for the clothes, and basketball is a business.

Yesterday, before the NBA Draft--before which the Nets had traded away first-round picks in 2016 and 2018, with a swap in 2017--the Nets traded their second-best player, Thad Young, to the Indiana Pacers for a first-round pick, and a future second-round pick.

In return, they drafted Caris LeVert, a significant talent who comes with a question mark: a history of injuries.

The Nets also traded their lower second-round pick (55) to the Utah Jazz, plus cash, for the 42nd slot. They then drafted Coney Island-born guard Isaiah Whitehead, who played at Brooklyn's Lincoln High School and then Seton Hall.

Next up is the pursuit of free agents.

The BK connection

Young and his family were the first team to live in Brooklyn, in a condo building near the Brooklyn Heights waterfront. (I hope they had a rental.) On Twitter, he thanked Brooklyn fans and looked forward to Indiana.

 Whitehead is the first Brooklyn native, and immediately the Nets' local hype began.

By the way, the Nets' web site suggests they have their platitudinous 2016-17 season marketing theme: "Come Together Like Brooklyn."

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