The Brooklyn Nets have finally made a draft day trade. The trade looks like the following.
Portland Receives: Mason Plumlee, Pat Connaughton (no. 41 pick)
Brooklyn Receives: Steve Blake, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (no. 23 pick)
Plumlee knew it was coming, but it will be sad to see him go as Plumlee was a strong contributor to the Nets both as a starter and a reserve. Connaughton would have likely been a 3&D player off the bench for Brooklyn.
The Nets had their eye on Hollis-Jefferson before the draft, and Portland was reluctant to trade Hollis-Jefferson, however they finally caved in.
Hollis-Jefferson had a strong season at Arizona University averaging 10.9 ppg and 6.8 rpg. He is a very good athlete at the NBA level and will also be a strong defender. However on the offensive end, Hollis-Jefferson struggles to shoot from the outside and he will need to improve his overall offensive game at the next level.
Nonetheless, Hollis-Jefferson is an exciting talent and should be fun to watch as he grows in Brooklyn.
Steve Blake’s arrival may end Jarrett Jack’s tenure in Brooklyn. Blake recently opted in to his player option in Portland and is a solid backup point guard. Last season with Portland Blake averaged 4.3 ppg, 3.6 apg and 1.7 rpg in Portland’s busy backcourt.
Everyone here at NY Sports Hub would like to thank Mason Plumlee for his time as Net, and I wish him nothing but success in Portland.