NBA trade: Nets acquire Bucks’ big man, Jordan Hastings

New York Nets general manager Billy King is expected to make a trade to acquire center Jordan Hastings, league sources told The Hindu.

Hastings, who has been sidelined with a left knee injury, was dealt by the Brooklyn Nets on Friday night for two first-round draft picks, according to league sources.

The Nets had already traded the rights to swingman Josh Hart to the Dallas Mavericks for a future first-rounder and second-round pick, sources said.

The Brooklyn Nets had previously traded the right to swingmen Josh Hart and Sam Dekker to the New Orleans Pelicans for a first- and second and a future second-rounder, sources added. 

The Nets will have to wait until June 1 to acquire Hastings, sources told ESPN.

The 23-year-old Hastings had played in 36 games with Brooklyn this season and averaged 8.6 points and 3.2 rebounds.

Hastings was traded to the Mavericks on Friday by Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov, sources confirmed. 

Hastings averaged 7.4 points and 2.3 rebounds per game with the Bucks, who were coming off a season-high 23-9 record.

The Bucks were 10-20 last season and were eliminated from playoff contention with a loss to the Indiana Pacers on Sunday. 

King had previously told ESPN’s Grant Hill that the Nets were looking to upgrade their frontcourt and were seeking a wing.

He also said he wanted to acquire a big man who could help Brooklyn on both ends of the court. 

“Jordan Hastings was our No. 1 pick,” King said, per ESPN’s Brian Windhorst.

“We want to add a player with the ability to play the position and that’s the best way we can do that.”

The Bucks are looking for an offensive big who can play either wing or center.

We want to have someone who can bring some toughness, some scoring and some energy.” 

King also told ESPN that he would like to upgrade his defense. 

According to ESPN, the Nets are set to receive the Nets second-overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, which would be the fourth pick in this year’s draft. 

If the Nets pick lands in the top five, it would be No. 3 overall and would likely be the Nets’ pick, according a source.