Grade the Trade: Cavaliers find wing depth in exciting three-team proposal

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Would the Nets take the offer?

With the additions of Mikal Bridges and Cameron Johnson, the Nets have had some excess in the forward department. Brooklyn would benefit from tightening up the rotation and trading away some of their wings to accommodate for the development of Bridges and Johnson. Two players that come to mind for this trade are Royce O’Neale and Dorian Finney-Smith. Both of these guys are valid role players that would help any team looking to contend well into the postseason.

Brooklyn loses DFS and O’Neale in the trade, two wings that bring some reliable talent to their teams. However, with the successful showings of Bridges and Johnson last year toward the end of the season, the Nets should focus on building their new forwards up and forming a team to support them. Bringing in Isaac Okoro, Dean Wade, and Kira Lewis allows the Nets to set their attention on retooling the team.

This team is good, so a rebuild should not be necessary; however, there are still some things they could do to commit to a postseason run. That’s why retooling would be beneficial. Okoro’s defensive grit and ability to switch on targets would give the Nets some creative strategies when it comes to preparing their lineups. Okoro could fit well playing off the bench in Brooklyn, giving the Nets some additional defensive support – or he could also play at the small forward or shooting guard position in the starting lineup. Brooklyn could utilize Okoro’s defense to free up Mikal Bridges in situations. With Dean Wade’s ability to slide into the three, four, or five position – he gives the Nets some creative options for lineups.

Nets need to focus their attention on retooling their roster while still remaining competitive. This would allow them to do that. Bringing in Okoro, Wade, and Lewis Jr. would give them ample support on the bench while allowing the team to remain competitive. Brooklyn says yes as well.

Now, what does Cleveland say?