NBA Trades: Knicks land Brunson's dream co-star in potential blockbuster with Nets

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NBA Trades: Would the Knicks accept this deal?

Ever since Bridges was traded from Phoenix as part of the Kevin Durant trade, he has completely remade his game and become more of an assertive scorer. When he got to Brooklyn last season, Bridges averaged 26 PPG in 27 games played and helped the Nets stay afloat in the playoffs  after they traded Durant and Kyrie Irving.

Fast forward to this past season and Bridges’ numbers went down. He averaged about 20 PPG and shot only 44 percent from the field, but he did shoot 37 percent from three-point range and tied a career high in assists per game. 

Bridges’ down year was a byproduct of poor roster construction by the Nets and GM Sean Marks. The Nets had a redundancy on the roster with too many wings like Bridges, Dorian Finney-Smith, Royce O’Neale, Noah Clowney, and more. 

The team also did not have a lot of shot creation and playmaking in their backcourt either, with Cam Thomas being too much of an assassin to create for others and while Dennis Schroder came in mid-season and steadied the position, the team still had too many flaws offensively to put Bridges in the best position to succeed.

Bridges would benefit from playing next to a dynamic guard like Brunson and without the burden of being the number one option. He would also have floor spacers like DiVencenzo and Anunoby if he resigned. He is exactly what the Knicks need and it does help that he is familiar with the core of the team. They would likely accept this deal, even if it means giving up Randle, whom they are reportedly not shopping at the moment.