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Analyzing how the Nets can benefit from the buyout market

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With the trade deadline sorted, there are plenty of Nets buyout targets around the league…

The Nets without a doubt made the biggest move in the trade season landing James Harden from the Rockets and they have also picked up Blake Griffin after he was bought out by the Pistons.

Nets buyout targets

The Nets are very much in win now mode and have formed a super team with the trio of Irving, Harden and Durant. The only question is do they have the depth to go through a long playoff run and the big men to go up against the likes of Embiid and Giannis?

Here are four players they could target.

Avery Bradley

Avery Bradley was traded to the Rockets yesterday as a part of the trade that sent Victor Oladipo to the Heat. With the Rockets in rebuild mode, it would make sense that they would buy out Bradley’s contract to favour playing their younger assets.


Bradley has only featured in 10 games for the Heat this season. He averaged 8.5 points and shot 42.1% from range.

Bradley is a solid 3 and D player in this league and he has plenty of playoff experience. The former Celtic could help provide the Nets with some much-needed depth.

Andre Drummond

Andre Drummond is the most sought-after player in this market and the Nets would face stiff competition from fellow contenders if they are to get his signature.

Drummond is a rebounding monster and on the season is averaging 13.4 rebounds as well as 17.5 points in 25 games.

A starting five of Kyrie Irving, James Harden, Joe Harris, Kevin Durant and Andre Drummond would be extremely hard to look past.

Hassan Whiteside

With Drummond wanted by many, the Nets could turn their attention to Hassan Whiteside.


Drummond would without a doubt be the better option but Whiteside could offer some help to this Nets team.

Whiteside brings height, length and athleticism around the rim. He could help the team on both ends of the floor. Whiteside isn’t the best defender but he is good shot blocker averaging 1.4 blocks per game and he is also averaging 8 points and 6.1 rebounds per game on a poor Kings team.

The Nets could really benefit from adding some more height to their roster to attempt to stop the top bigs on other contenders.

Otto Porter

This would be an interesting one as back in 2016 the Nets offered Otto Porter a max contract as a restricted free agent. The Wizards matched to offer and he ended up staying with them.

Porter has struggled with injury in recent seasons but when fit he can prove to be a good asset to any challenging team.

The new Orlando Magic is currently averaging 9.9 points and 5.5 rebounds per game shooting 40% from range and 83.3% from the free throw line.

Porter is capable of providing solid defence and would help the Nets with their depth as they look to go far in the postseason.

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