We thought Rondae Hollis-Jefferson was headed to the Portland Trail Blazers after being selected 23rd overall, but he has been dealt to the Brooklyn Nets instead, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports:
Brooklyn will send Mason Plumlee and Pat Connaughton to the Blazers for Hollis-Jefferson and Blake, league sources tell Yahoo.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) June 26, 2015
Apparently Rondae thought he was being punk'd or something when it happened.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-partner="tweetdeck"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Rondae Hollis-Jefferson on when he heard about the trade: "I thought they were joking ... then they told me to take off the hat."</p>— Tim Bontemps (@TimBontemps) <a href="https://twitter.com/TimBontemps/status/614297126999334912">June 26, 2015</a></blockquote>
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It's not that uncommon for players to be traded just after being drafted. This might end up being a good thing for Rondae since the Nets are a veteran team that desperately needs a wing defender like Rondae. I'd say there's a pretty good chance that he starts for the Nets alongside Deron Williams and Joe Johnson.
He'll be on a team that will just need him to defend, rebound, and bring intensity. Something he obviously does real well.
Rondae is from Pennsylvania and this trade will move him closer to home. Not to mention that the shimmy will now be in the LARGEST MARKET OF THE UNITED STATES.