The Brooklyn Nets made an earth-shattering move on Sunday when they granted Kyrie Irving his trade demand and sent him to the Dallas Mavericks for guard Spencer Dinwiddie, forward Dorian Finney-Smith, a 2029 first-round draft pick and two second-round draft picks.
But now, they could be on their way to making another deal, this time with the Sacramento Kings to give them forward Kessler Edwards.
The Sacramento Kings are closing in on a deal with Brooklyn to acquire Nets forward Kessler Edwards, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) February 7, 2023
Edwards was the 44th player chosen in the 2021 NBA Draft after three seasons at Pepperdine University, a private school located near Malibu, Calif.
As a rookie, he put up 5.9 points and 3.6 rebounds in 20.6 minutes per game while shooting 35.3 percent from 3-point range, but this season, his numbers and shooting percentages, not to mention his playing time, have drastically gone down.
Edwards spent part of his rookie season with the Long Island Nets, Brooklyn’s G League affiliate, as he was originally signed to a two-way deal before inking a standard contract last summer.
His trade to the Kings will reportedly save the Nets some money in terms of their luxury tax bill.
Edwards, a 6-foot-8, 215-pound forward, will now join a Jazz team that has been competitive at times this season, but is mostly rebuilding for the future.
He won’t have to deal with the pressure of a team that is expected to win the NBA championship now, as Brooklyn has been the last couple of years before getting rid of Irving.
Utah has been stockpiling young players and future draft picks since trading All-Stars Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell last offseason.NEXT: A Rising Nets Star May Help Save The Season