The Brooklyn Nets agreed to a couple of separate trades with the Chicago Bulls and New Orleans Pelicans on Saturday, but neither deal is worth really raising an eyebrow. One of those trades sends power forward Tornike Shengelia to the Bulls in exchange for point guard Marquis Teague, and the other sends shooting guard Tyshawn Taylor and cash to the Pelicans for a future conditional draft pick.
The point of these trades is to free up some cap space and dispense themselves of two players who weren’t going to amount to anything but gather dust on the bench. At least they didn’t appear to be amounting to anything due to all the countless trips each player had to the D-League. As for Marquis Teague, with Deron Williams having injury issues, adding an extra point guard makes sense for insurance purposes. With a banged up Deron Williams, the presence of Marquis Teague is more valuable than the presence of either Tornike Shengelia or Tyshawn Taylor.
—Ben Parker: follow me on twitter @nba_lord