PROPOSED TRADE: Aaron Gordon and 15th pick for Caris LaVert and 19th pick
Caris LeVert is another exciting shooting guard who should be approaching his peak. The Brooklyn Nets made the playoffs this year despite Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant missing nearly the whole season. With them back, they are likely to be contending at the top of the Eastern Conference next year.
Brooklyn is certainly looking to make a play in the trade market using players like Caris LeVert or Spencer Dinwiddie as bait. It might be for another top-tier star to give them a three-headed All-Star monster, or it could be for the right role players to complement their star duo.
The Nets’ offensive power essentially makes LeVert a third option on offense. He came into his own in the Orlando Bubble on a below-strength Nets team, hitting 37 points in the loss to the Portland Trail Blazers and 35 in the Game 4 loss to the Toronto Raptors in the playoffs.
He finished that four-game playoff series sweep averaging 20.3 points per game and 9.5 assists per game while shooting 42.9-percent from three on high volume. This was his second straight postseason averaging more than 20 points per game.
LeVert would no doubt make a valuable contribution to Brooklyn next season should he stay but would find his touches and shots more limited due to Irving and Durant. The lure of a possible championship is no doubt enticing for LeVert but he may be able to play a bigger role on another team.
Like Tracy McGrady following his breakout 1999 Playoff run, LeVert could very well be the kind of player in search of his own team and his own opportunity to break out offensively. Like McGrady, he probably is not going to get the chance to star with the team he is currently on.
Or he could be like Terry Rozier. But either way, LeVert feels like a player seeking a bigger role to show what he can do.
He still has work to do on his shooting but has plenty of time to keep getting better and could yet become a big-time scorer. His three-point shooting last season was his best yet at 36.4 percent while his field goal percentage stood at 42.5 percent.
He has a contract with Brooklyn until 2023 worth a total $52.5 million which could prove to be good value if he continues to improve. Glancing over the Nets roster it becomes apparent the team could use more depth at power forward and Aaron Gordon would provide that.
Brooklyn would really have to feel that having Gordon would make the team more likely to contend for a Championship than LeVert. Offering them the chance to trade up in the draft may sweeten the deal enough to bring LaVert to Orlando.