Multiple teams have actually contacted the Nets about Shamet, Begley added, and most seem to be willing to offer a first-round pick in Thursday’s draft as part of the return.
The Lakers, Mavs and Pelicans have been regularly identified as three of the most aggressive teams in trade talks this offseason.
As Begley wrote, the Knicks could surface as another potential suitor, sending the Nos. 19 and 21 picks to the Nets and “absorb Shamet’s deal into cap space (depending on the timing of the trade).”
Shamet, 24, averaged 9.3 points in 61 games this past season, but the Nets were his third team in three seasons. He is eligible for a rookie-scale contract extension in 2022.
The Pelicans (No. 17 overall) and Lakers (No. 22) are both ahead of the Nets (No. 27) in the draft, and as Luke Adams of Hoops Rumors wrote, “could be in the market for low-cost veteran help on the wing.” Shamet fits that description.
The Mavs do not have a first-round pick this summer, but perhaps a future protected pick would be enough to get a deal done.
Along with Shamet, teams have contacted the Nets about center DeAndre Jordan, with one of the conversations involving a three-team deal, Begley reported.