Last season the Brooklyn Nets spent about $350 million in present and future commitments to bring in Joe Johnson, Reggie Evans, and re-sign Deron Williams, Gerald Wallace and Brook Lopez. After their first round ouster at the hands of a depleted Chicago Bulls team that ultimately cost P.J. Carlesimo his job don’t expect the Nets to engage in another off-season bonanza.
Right now, the Nets have $84,445,118 committed to twelve players. Only Andray Blatche, Keith Bogans and Jerry Stackhouse are scheduled to hit free agency so there will be few slots for the Nets to fill. Stackhouse is almost certainly done with the Nets but Blatche, despite a poor Game 7, could be brought back.
The Nets will have their $3 million allocation to use on new players. Right now, the Nets can offer a three-year contract beginning at $3,183,000 to any free agent or split it up into smaller pieces to lure multiple free agents. Obviously, the Nets won’t be able to bring in any major free agent with such a small contract. However, the Nets should be able to lure valuable role players that should play integral roles on the Nets moving forward.
Of course there is always the trade route for the Nets and Dwight Howard’s name will almost certainly be mentioned. However, for any trade to go down the Nets would need to clear space and almost certainly have to include center Brook Lopez and his $14,693,906 salary and possibly involve a third team. Another player who might find his way to the trade block is Kris Humphries and his $12 million salary. Humphries played fairly well at times for the Nets but was a bit of a disappointment as he averaged 5.8 points, 5.6 rebounds, and .5 blocks per game, all down from the previous season when he averaged 13.8 points, 11 rebounds, and 1.2 blocks per game.
The Nets could trade Humphries or hold onto his expiring contract and hope he can get back to the player he was during the 2011-12 season.
Despite not having the financial independence they had last year the Nets should still be able to have a productive off-season as they try to take the next step in their second season in their new home. It might not be as exciting as it was last year but the Nets should still compete with the New York Knicks for the headlines on the back pages this off-season.