• Nets unlikely to move rising young players
  • Dinwiddie, Allen and LeVert holding up fort for Brooklyn
  • Brooklyn has yet to see full potential of roster

The Brooklyn Nets are finding ways to survive even with Kevin Durant out of the picture. For a while, Kyrie Irving tried to hold up the fort. However, the all-star guard ended up getting sidelined as well due to a shoulder injury. Uncle Drew will undergo season-ending surgery, meaning the Nets will have to finish the 2019-20 NBA wars without their top two stars.

With a 25-29 win-loss record in the NBA Eastern Conference right now, it will be interesting if head coach Kenny Atkinson did just enough to make the playoffs. With 28 games remaining, it may all depend on how the remaining healthy stars respond to the challenge. That list would include Spencer Dinwiddie, Caris LeVert and Jarrett Allen, all of whom have been holding up well.

Seeing these players leave by the summer would be hard to foresee. However, Tim Bontemps of ESPN claims that there are executives who believe that these three players will be made available in the offseason. The only ideal scenario of seeing the Nets trading them away is for a proven and quality player. With a starting unit that has Durant, Irving and possibly DeAndre Jordan, the only plausible opening is a superstar power forward or a shooting guard. But based on the performances of the three players, does Brooklyn really need to pursue another star?

Though they were the big winners this NBA season after acquiring Durant, Irving, and Jordan, some feel that things have not panned out. Of course, Durant has yet to play and Irving has been dealing with injuries. In short, the full potential of the Nets has not yet been seen. And the fact that they are in the top eight only means that they do have a reliable cast of players.

Dinwiddie is averaging 21.0 points and 6.6. assists per game and remains under contract until the next NBA season. He does have a player option in 2021-22, something he may or may not pick up. LeVert is reliable when healthy. In the 28 games he has played, the 25-year-old averaged 15.3 points, 3.6 rebounds, and 3.6 assists. Allen has been doing his share on defense, meaning he is another valuable asset.

Best of all, Dinwiddie, LeVert, and Allen are young promising players. At some point, they are expected to take over from Durant and Irving. Right now, they are holding up the fort so it would be appalling to see the Nets overlook that and just deal them away.

Spencer Dinwiddie
Spencer Dinwiddie of the Brooklyn Nets reacts during the third quarter of the game against the Boston Celtics at Barclays Center on Jan. 14, 2019 in Brooklyn. Sarah Stier/Getty Images