Grading a compelling mock trade that sees Bucks level up their defense with Nets duo

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The Brooklyn Nets’ perspective on this trade with the Milwaukee Bucks

I think the Nets would certainly consider this deal were it offered to them. They sit 10th in the East with a 16-21 record, and with guys like Mikal Bridges and Cam Johnson on the roster, they are built for the future and could be a force in the coming seasons.

Finney-Smith and O'Neale are the joint-oldest players on the Nets roster and so they are the sort of players they would look to potentially move. O'Neale has an expiring contract, and Finney-Smith has two years left.

Portis and Connaughton are both in their 30's with one year left, plus a player option on their deals. Beauchamp has a two-year team option at the end of this season, and if the Nets like what they see in him, he could be a good running partner for Bridges.

The question for the Nets is how much they value those two extra years of Finney-Smith's. If they feel they a contender is desperate enough for his services, then they may be able to receive a first-round pick, and that could be a draw for them to look elsewhere.

From a talent standpoint, Portis is the best player in this trade, but the two Nets suit what the Bucks need more. Beauchamp could be a lure for the Nets to pull the trigger and then look to move Portis and Connaughton at a later date.