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Return of The Bronx? Brooklyn Nets Style, Where’s Brooklyn At?

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The City Of Brooklyn #NETS

Brooklyn New York may be able to cheer for their beloved Nets, yet again.  In the summer of 2013, the team acquired Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Jason Terry, D.J. Joseph, Keith Bogans and three first round draft picks (2014, 2016 and 2018).

Show Me The Money!

A year prior to acquiring Pierce and Garnett the Nets signed point guard Deron Williams to a $100 million dollar deal.  It’s crazy how in 2012 both Williams and Chris Paul were in the category of “best point guard”. (That’s another story) Let’s not forget the organization also brought in Joe Johnson via trade with the Atlanta Hawks.

Acquiring all four players cost the organization millions of dollars and three significant draft picks. Pierce and Garnett would leave the Nets in 2014. Williams and Johnson would both leave between the 2015-2016 seasons.

After the “fantastic four” left Brooklyn, the franchise struggled to recruit and draft talent. Over the last few years owner, Mikhail Prokhorov has struggled to find a coach who can push the franchise forward. (With the exception of Jason Kidd who left for Milwaukee)

Turning Over A New Leaf!

Since 2016 General Manager Sean Marks, has done a good job of adding minor pieces while managing cap space. In the summer of 2016 Nets management signed Jeremy Lin, who has the ability to be a contributing bench player or a starter depending on the situation.

Recently, the franchise has been tasked with the question of what’s next. This summer Brooklyn management finally traded long time center Brook Lopez, to the Los Angeles Lakers in return for Timofey Mozgov, D’Angelo Russell and the 27th pick in this year’s draft.

In addition to free agency and other trades, the Nets have also acquired DeMarre Carroll and Allen Crabbe through trades. Carroll is a huge pick up considering that the Nets only had to give up forward Justin Hamilton. (O yeah the BKN received a 2018 first and second round pick)

Now if you’re a New Yorker reading this I know I haven’t sold you on why your team is moving in the right direction. However, you have to remember that the east has taken a hit from the stand point of competition.

After this summer’s free agency a majority of all-stars have moved to the west or plan to. (Melo, will be a rocket and Kyrie is going west, just a guess).  The Cav’s are on the downfall and the Celtics will have to make a huge decision next summer.

Also, you just received a pivotal piece in Carroll from the Toronto Raptors. The Eastern Conference is wide open with the exception of the top two seeds.


In order for the BKN to take the next step they need to:

  • Make a decision (Are you rebuilding, or building on your “whimsical four”)
  • Continue to build salary cap (Protect your $30mill)
  • Guard your draft picks
  • No impulsive decisions
  • Look for a coach who desires to develop and mentor
  • Utilize the G League and Two-Way Player contracts
  • Focus on the development of Rondae Hollis-Jefferson

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