The Brooklyn Nets are in deep trouble. For a team that came into this season with such high expectations the Nets are one of the worst teams in the NBA. To make matters worse they have the highest payroll in the league and have virtually handicapped themselves for the next five years.
The Nets were the busiest team this offseason. They made a blockbuster deal to bring in Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, and Jason Terry. They traded three first round draft picks and they also swapped picks with the Boston Celtics in 2017. They also have no draft picks this year from the deal that brought in Joe Johnson. To top it all off they hired Jason Kidd, who had retired as a player just two weeks earlier, as their new head coach. Then the newcomers such as Pierce decided to start talking trash about how good they were going to be. Well times have changed and the Nets have unraveled.
With their loss to the rival New York Knicks on Thursday night the Nets dropped to 5-14. No one on the Nets is trade-able except for Brook Lopez. He is their best player and one of the very few who have been playing at a consistent level night in and night out. To be fair the Nets have had some injuries, but that’s what they signed up for when they traded for a group of players that should be filing for AARP soon, not playing basketball. Deron Williams has been injured and is leading the charge in the discussion for the most overrated player in the NBA. Johnson has the worst contract in the history of sports. The Nets are a mess and there is virtually no chance of them being good this year or in the future. They mortgaged their future for a two-year run.
The Nets might have to make some drastic changes just to have a chance to rebuild for the future. All we know is that right now the team’s present and future looks bleak.