How it was learned: I was approached on Twitter this morning by user @SickBeardGame regarding a weird note on RealGM’s transaction page that noted Atlanta’s right to swap 2014 and 2015 picks with Brooklyn. I dismissed it: RealGM’s been wrong on these transaction pages before, no other outlet had reported this, and if RealGM had a scoop of this magnitude, I presumed they would’ve milked it for all it was worth.
But, as it turns out, it’s true. So mea culpa.
More interesting than me being wrong — which occurs relatively often — is that this part of the deal was not mentioned in the official Nets press release regarding the trade, giving the impression that the Nets still owned all of their first-round picks in full through 2017.
Barring injury, the Nets shouldn’t be giving up any lottery picks with this change — they’re constructed as a playoff team — but if the past few years have taught us anything, it’s that things can change in an instant in the NBA.