With Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving back in their starting line-up, the Brooklyn Nets have suddenly emerged as the favorites in the Eastern Conference. However, according to the latest NBA trade rumors, the Nets want to add a 3rd star to their roster in the offseason. With this in mind, let's take a look at 5 Brooklyn Nets players who are unlikely to be back with the team for the 2020-21 NBA season.
NBA Trade Rumors: 5 players unlikely to return to the Brooklyn Nets roster for the 2020-21 season
The Brooklyn Nets' biggest hurdle in the offseason would be their cap space situation. They are already over the tax limit and would have to move some key pieces around to make room for another star player.
There are also a lot of players who will be entering the free agency market this year, and the Nets might not be able to retain a few of them. Without further ado, here are 5 players unlikely to return to the roster next season:
#1. Spencer Dinwiddie
Kyrie Irving's presence on the court has diminished Spencer Dinwiddie's role on the team. Though the 27-year-old averaged over 20 points in the recent season, he'll likely be the 3rd or 4th scoring option for the Brooklyn Nets.
There's an immense demand for a playmaking guard like Dinwiddie, and NBA trade rumors suggest he'll be Brooklyn's main asset in their efforts to sign another star in the offseason.
#2. Jarrett Allen
Given his athleticism and defensive versatility, Jarrett Allen is one of the most promising youngsters in the league. The 22-year-old averaged 11.1 points, 9.6 rebounds in the recently-concluded season and is only going to get better in the coming years.
However, the Brooklyn Nets are in a win-now mode and might not be willing to wait until Allen hits his prime. He'll also be up for a contract extension next year, and the Nets will not be in a position to offer him a suitable contract. The team might look to get a battle-ready veteran in the offseason in exchange for Jarrett Allen.