Nets trade Kevin Garnett for Thaddeus Young
The Brooklyn Nets have traded Kevin Garnett to the Minnesota Timberwolves for Thaddeus Young, reports TNT’s David Aldridge.
The deal comes at the heels of Garnett waiving his no-trade clause, allowing him to return to his first NBA team and netting the Nets an athletic tweener who has a player option for the 2015-16 season.
Young was traded to Minnesota prior to the season to play the stretch four spot, but struggled on the defensive end and couldn’t consistently knock down the three. He recently moved to the three and surprisingly picked up his play in a relatively small sample size.
This trade is very low-risk, high reward for Brooklyn. They get a player that isn’t 30 years old, is on a short-term deal and only gave up an expiring contract to get him. Granted, Garnett’s had a quiet good season for the Nets this season, but he could have been lost in free agency for nothing, doesn’t spread the floor much and still can’t play in second games of back-to-backs.
If Young can pick up his long-distance shooting, he’d be a fine grab short-term to play the stretch four alongside Plumlee or Lopez. Or, and this may be very appealing to coach Lionel Hollins, Young could play the three, Johnson could move to the two and Brooklyn can play a monstrous starting five.
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