On a night without many trades, this one qualified as a blockbuster:
Brooklyn will send Mason Plumlee and Pat Connaughton to the Blazers for Hollis-Jefferson and Blake, league sources tell Yahoo.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) June 26, 2015
Portland continues to be active in remaking its roster in preparation for the exit of franchise stalwart LaMarcus Aldridge, having now added Plumlee and Noah Vonleh as young bigs in addition to Meyers Leonard.
Plumlee, who still has two years remaining on his deal before he can test the market in restricted free agency, disappointed last year after surprisingly contributing in his rookie season and winning a gold medal last summer with Team USA. It seems as if the Nets overestimated his potential and may have waited a bit too long to capitalize on his value, most notably when they reportedly wouldn’t include him in a deal with the Kings that would’ve offloaded the onerous contract of Deron Williams.
Either way, the Nets did still get a good return, packaging him with Pat Connaughton, their second-round pick, to acquire Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, selected by the Blazers with the 23rd pick, and veteran backup point guard Steve Blake, who had returned for another stint with Portland before last season.
The Nets exited the draft with some much-needed youth, netting Hollis-Jefferson, one of the top defensive prospects in the draft, Syracuse’s Chris McCullough at #29 and Argentinian guard Juan Vaulet from Charlotte in exchange for future picks.