4. Royce O’Neale
If the Spurs are strictly looking for 3-point shooting, O’Neale would be the superior Nets option to acquire. The 6’4 wing is a career 38.4 percent marksman who has seen his number climb nearly every year. O’Neale improved his playmaking and played a new career-high in minutes per game in his first season in Brooklyn.
The Nets have a decision to make with the 30-year-old wing as he enters the final year of his contract. O’Neale is extension-eligible, but does Brooklyn want another wing locked up long-term? They are a fringe playoff team as currently constructed and have to decide how to maximize their roster around Mikal Bridges.
The Nets gave up a first-round pick to get Royce O’Neale and want one in return to trade him. The Spurs have more draft selections than they can make over the next seven years. Giving up one for a strong 3-and-D wing that improves their play on both ends of the floor could be a wise move.
The San Antonio Spurs are in no rush. They will wait for the asking price to come down at the deadline as Royce O’Neale is just months from free agency. The Nets might make another move that necessitates dumping his salary like the Mavericks had to do with Reggie Bullock. San Antonio knows the price will stay the same or get cheaper, so give Wemby some time to develop and see if a trade is worth it in February.