Brooklyn Nets: 5 stars who could join Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving on new 'Big 3'

Jimmy Butler couldl be a good one for for the Brooklyn Nets - Image credit - ESPN / YouTube
Jimmy Butler couldl be a good one for for the Brooklyn Nets - Image credit - ESPN / YouTube

With a bevy of young players and draft picks on hand, the Nets are capable of adding another star to form a new superteam in the NBA.

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The Brooklyn Nets swooped in arguably the biggest package of stars in the offseason after landing All-NBA point guard Kyrie Irving, former MVP Kevin Durant and All-Defensive Team stalwart DeAndre Jordan. In just one momentous summer, the Nets have completed a four-year rebuild that saw them transform from perennial Eastern Conference cellar-dwellers to now legit championship contenders.

The scary part is that Brooklyn can even become more dangerous with all the trade assets they have in their stash. NBA Sr. Writer Zach Lowe of ESPN believed Brooklyn is very much capable of shifting the balance of power in the NBA anew with another blockbuster trade for a bona fide star.

Caris Levert, who signed a three-year, $52.2 million extension, is also going to be a key component in the Nets’ pursuit for another star next to Irving and Durant, according to Lowe. “Brooklyn is different. The Nets have a bundle of young players and a cupboard full of picks…The Nets might want more bankable star power,” Lowe wrote on ESPN.

So, who really fits the bill as Brooklyn’s third star? The Nets have a lot of options.

1

Devin Booker

Booker’s five-year, $158 million contract extension will just start kicking in this coming season. However, it’s safe to say his long-term future with the Phoenix Suns is far from secured. In an era of player-empowerment, Booker is a trade request away from ending up with another team. Brooklyn figures to be an ideal destination for this budding star, as it can offer him the opportunity to win now and an avenue to earn more money in a huge New York market.

2

Jimmy Butler

Another newly-signed star, Butler looks to make the Miami Heat relevant again, at least in the East. But the absence of an All-Star caliber running mate would make the task harder. Of course, Pat Riley is going to try bringing him that complementary star, but if he does not deliver, then expect a combustible environment to erupt. Butler is a high-maintenance player who abhors losing. The Nets, his other choice this summer, could pique his interest, especially if they prove to be winners.

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