Billy King struck again.
The Nets' general manager continued to have a knack for pulling off draft-day deals, reportedly shipping Mason Plumlee and Notre Dame's Pat Connaughton, whom they selected No. 41 overall in the second round, to the Trail Blazers for Arizona's Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and guard Steve Blake Thursday night.
Latest Nets stories
Portland plucked Hollins-Jefferson off the board at No. 23.
King, who drafted Syracuse forward Chris McCullough with the 29th overall selection, wasn't done. He also dealt for the 39th pick, getting Juan Vaulet from the Hornets for two future second-round picks.
Plumlee essentially broke the news on Twitter, writing before word of the deal surfaced: "Thanks to Brooklyn for a great two years!"
The Nets spent the bulk of the time leading up to the draft trying to package Plumlee and their first-round pick with hopes of elbowing their way into the lottery. But with no immediate takers and the overall price to climb into the top 15 selections apparently too expensive, the Nets went with McCullough.
The 20-year-old tore the ACL in his right knee in January and missed the rest of the season. Before going down, the 6-9 Bronx native averaged 9.3 points, 6.9 rebounds and 2.1 blocks in 16 games.
McCullough said he watched the Nets each time they took the court this past season. Now he's about to have an up-close view.
"It's amazing," said McCullough, who attended the draft and sat in the arena's stands. "I am from New York City. I'm from the Bronx. So being called to play for the Brooklyn Nets is a big thing for me to have that opportunity. So I'm blessed for that."
At 6-7, Hollins-Jefferson is a wing player who has to refine his offense. The 20-year-old was named to the Pac-12's All-Conference first team and the all-defensive team, meaning he'll give the Nets an athletic big man they had been coveting to insert into coach Lionel Hollins' rotation.
Blake, 35, has one year remaining on his deal and is scheduled to make $2.17 million next season. The 6-3 point guard averaged 4.3 points in 81 games off the bench for the Trail Blazers this past season, hitting 35.2 percent of his three-pointers.
Vaulet, 19, is 6-6 and hails from Argentina. He's projected as a small forward.