Nets keep dealing with eye on 2019 free-agency splash

The Nets aren’t done wheeling and dealing for buyouts.

A week after acquiring Darrell Arthur as part of a salary dump with the Nuggets, the Nets traded the forward to the Suns for veteran Jared Dudley and a 2021 second-round pick, according to ESPN.

Arthur will be bought out of the final year of his $7.4 million contract, while Dudley (with an expiring $9.5 million contract) will “have that conversation with the Nets,” the report said. The 2021 second-round pick will be protected through No. 35.

Dudley, a 33-year-old forward, has played with five different teams across his 11 years in the league. Last season, he averaged 3.2 points and 2.0 rebounds in 14.3 minutes per game off the bench, but he is a career 39.6 percent shooter from beyond the arc.

With plenty of open cap space on the books — and eyeing a big splash in the free-agent mark next year — the Nets have been willing trade partners for salary dumps while building up their stock of future draft picks in the process. Over the next three years, the Nets will have four first-round picks and five second-round picks.

Arthur was acquired last week along with Kenneth Faried and two draft picks for Isaiah Whitehead.

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