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Why The Brooklyn Nets Do The Deal

The most convincing case for the Brooklyn Nets here is the opportunity to pair Ben Simmons with Michael Porter Jr.

Ironically, they both suffer from chronic injury. On the other hand, if they could both get healthy, they should make for a fantastic duo. Their skill sets are perfectly complementary.

After all, we know Simmons needs floor-spacing as a non-shooting lead ball-handler. Meanwhile, Porter Jr. is one of the best shooting wing/forwards in the NBA. His ability to shoot off the catch or dribble will maximize the space around Simmons in half-court sets.

On the other end of the floor, Porter Jr. has been a defensive liability throughout his brief NBA career so far. By contrast, Simmons is one of the best defensive players in the NBA. His presence will offset Porter’s limitations in terms of point prevention.

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Furthermore, they’re both on the same timeline: Simmons is 26, and Porter Jr. is 24. That gives the Nets a head start on a rebuild if they do end up honoring Kevin Durant’s trade request – and a viable replacement for KD in MPJ at the same time.