Byu L. Wong-USA TODAY Sports The Phoenix Suns traded away one of their two biggest assets to acquire a second one, acquiring center Ty Lawson from the Brooklyn Nets.
The team’s biggest move on paper was the trade of Lawson, who averaged a career-low 4.8 points per game last season, and center Nick Young, who will replace Lawson in the starting lineup, in a four-team deal that sent veteran point guard Jarrett Jack to the Nets for Lawson and a future first-round pick.
The trade of Jack, who played at Michigan State, is expected to be a significant boost to the Suns’ offense and playmaking.
Jack is a versatile point guard who can play in multiple roles and is one of the league’s premier defenders.
He can also be a scorer on the offensive end, averaging 13.6 points per 36 minutes in the 2015-16 season.
Jack was also a key part of the Suns playoff run in 2016-17.
The Nets acquired Jack from the Lakers in a three-team trade on Monday.
He averaged 13.2 points and 6.1 rebounds per game for the Lakers last season and played well for them during the 2016 playoffs.
The Suns also got two future firsts from the trade.
The second deal was a two-team swap of forward Nick Young with guard Darrun Hilliard in a two, two-for-one deal.
Young played for the Los Angeles Clippers and will be a restricted free agent next summer.
He had been a key piece for the Clippers’ title run last season.
The move allows the Suns to get back the services of forward Marcus Morris, who was acquired from the Houston Rockets in a five-team, three-way deal.
Morris was a dominant defensive player in college who led the nation in steals per game.
The Suns also added a veteran power forward in guard Matt Barnes, who had a breakout season for the Warriors last season as they finished second in the Western Conference.
Barnes, 31, averaged 11.4 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per game in the 2016-2017 season.
He was one of three Warriors players who scored at least 20 points per contest in a game in 2016.
The Warriors have a strong core of Durant, Klay Thompson, Stephen Curry and Harrison Barnes.
They won two titles last season with Durant and Durant’s teammate, K.J. McDaniels, leading the team.
The 76ers’ trade for point guard John Collins and forward Kyle Kuzma will allow them to bring back veteran center Andre Iguodala, who they acquired in a seven-player trade with the Toronto Raptors.
Iguodal, 36, was an All-Star last season in a season that saw him play in all 82 regular-season games.
He won the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year award for his work at the power forward position.
He also was a key contributor in the Warriors championship run last year.
The Sixers will need to add more depth on the wings as they try to get to the NBA Finals for the first time since 2005.
The Timberwolves also traded forward Anthony Bennett to the New Orleans Pelicans in a deal that landed guard Brandon Roy from the Philadelphia 76ers.
The move was part of a three in a row trade that sent Pau Gasol to the Los Angeles Lakers.
Gasol has been a vital part of Minnesota’s success this season.