Might be a bit early, but let's start our yearly thread about the upcoming free agency, because it looks like this year's is going to be key for the future outlook of the league. And so it begins... The Brooklyn Nets trade Allen Crabbe, the No. 17 pick in the draft and a 2020 lottery-protected first rounder (or in 2021 or 2022, if the previous picks fall in the protected range, will become two second rounders if not conveyed by the 2022 draft) to Atlanta for Taurean Prince and a 2021 second rounder. The deal will be finalized on July 6. Why it matters for Brooklyn? Because they add a very good player in Prince, who is a 3-and-D forward that can play and defend multiple positions and because they clear space for a second max contract in the upcoming free agency, becoming a premium destination for free agents. They've already been linked with Kyrie and I'm pretty sure they're going to offer a very compelling case to key free agents willing to move. It's particularly bad news for the Knicks, because the Nets, if they add a couple of max players, are ready to compete for a ring right now. Their supporting cast is that good, they just need the stars to take the leap to the next level. And the Knicks can sell living in NYC, but guess what? The Nets can do that, too!!. They can't sell playing in the Madison, but the improved supporting cast should be more than enough to overcome that. Reports say that they are the dark horse in the KD run, so we'll see what happens... in any case, they've really improved with this deal. Why it matters for Atlanta? That's harder to explain... I'm not particularly in love with this draft outside of the top 5 guys (Zion, of course, Ja Morant, Barrett, Garland and Culver are my top five). There are a few guys that might develop into nice role players (Hunter, Coby White) but a #17 pick is not a particularly high pick, so there's a risk involved. They also get another first rounder, but not a particularly high one (as the Nets will be expected to make the playoffs, and even be a contender if they do well in free agency in the upcoming years). So not really sure why this deal was so enticing for Atlanta. Guess they didn't want to sign Prince to an extension and decided to get something for him (Crabbe will be a free agent after next year). But I'm not really sure this was such a good deal for them. Great for Brooklyn, tho.