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What Brooklyn Nets Fans Want to See on 2013 NBA Draft Night

May 16, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Gorgui Dieng is interviewed during the NBA Draft combine at Harrison Street Athletics Facility. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports
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Joe DiglioCorrespondent IJune 26, 2013

The ball will be in the Brooklyn Nets' court on the night of the 2013 NBA draft, literally.

They are bringing the event with them from New Jersey to their new home in Brooklyn. The organization will hope everything goes especially well at Barclays Center because they view it as a chance to earn a future All-Star game, according to SB Nation blog Nets Daily:

Nets fans will decide whether or not the draft went well based on what Brooklyn's front office does. Bleacher Report's Andrew Kipp listed several front court options the Nets should target, and for good reason. With Andray Blatche set to be a free agent and Reggie Evans now 33 years-old, Brooklyn needs depth behind Brook Lopez.

Slam Magazine suggested the team go a different route, giving them German point guard Dennis Schroeder in their mock draft:

With only one pick in this year's draft, the Nets may not have the luxury to draft someone outside of a need position. However, they could afford to take a guy like Schroeder if they were to obtain another pick. Sports Illustrated reported the Nets are looking to trade MarShon Brooks to the Minnesota Timberwolves:

ESPN New York later confirmed the trade talks, adding that Brooklyn is looking to get Minnesota's first-round pick, No. 26 overall:

With a second draft pick, the Nets could draft a perimeter player to replace Brooks, along with a post player. But ESPN's Chad Ford thinks that with the extra pick, the Nets would just take another big guy. His mock draft mentioned the potential trade at No. 26, listing Gorgui Dieng to go along with Kelly Olynyk at No. 22, currently the Nets only pick.

Of course, the Nets could make a much bigger splash than simply acquiring a draft pick, as HoopsWorld's Alex Kennedy reported:

Garnett doesn't provide a long-term solution and it will take considerably more to get him than a 2013 first-round pick. But if Brooklyn can get the 37-year-old to waive his no-trade clause, they could be a legitimate threat in the Eastern Conference for at least this upcoming season.

At this stage, the Nets are just inquiring about Garnett and no deal appears to be concrete. As it stands, the trade they are better served going after is the one with Minnesota. It seems much more likely to go through, and could potentially net Brooklyn two young players to build with.

Dieng, listed by both Kipp and Ford as a target for the Nets, looks like a good fit. He could provide a strong defensive presence in the middle, something Lopez lacks. Like Ford suggested, I think focusing on front court depth is the key for Brooklyn in the 2013 draft, whether it be with one pick or two.

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