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Top 5 Moves the Brooklyn Nets Must Make This Offseason

Top 5 Moves the Brooklyn Nets Should Make This Offseason

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After a season that saw the Nets finish just sixth in the weak Eastern Conference, the team will have to make some serious improvements if they want to challenge the four-time defending Eastern Conference champs the Miami Heat. They will have to get creative with those moves, as they already have the highest payroll in the NBA and no picks in the upcoming draft. Here are five moves they can make if they want to become contenders in 2014-2015.

5. Aquire a pick in the 2014 NBA Draft

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5. Aquire a pick in the 2014 NBA Draft

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The Nets are certainly a team that isn't afraid to spend money, and that will help them here. They can buy a second-round pick from a team with extra picks that is looking for some extra cash. A second-round pick will by no means fix the team, but it's cheap talent that they can use to deepen their team and add a dash of youth and energy to an experienced (some would say old) team.

#4 Convince KG to play one more year in Brooklyn

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4. Convince KG to play one more year in Brooklyn

Kevin Garnett Brooklyn Nets
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While the trade that brought Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce to Brooklyn has been criticized, Garnett is still a valuable asset to this Nets team. A born leader with a championship ring, Garnett can bring wisdom and energy to the team. His competitive fire is particularly hot when they face off with the Miami Heat, a team the Nets will have to bring down if they want to end up on top.

3. Let Andray Blatche sign elsewhere

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3. Let Andray Blatche sign elsewhere

Andray Blatche Brooklyn Nets
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Andray Blatche refused his player option for the 2014-2015 season, and the Nets should let him explore free agency to his fullest desire. In fact, they should let him sign to another squad. Blatche was a serviceable forward for the team last season, but given the Nets tight payroll and other departing free agents, like Shaun Livingston, a much more desirable asset, the team should move on.

2. Ship out Deron Williams

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2. Ship out Deron Williams

Deron Williams Brooklyn Nets
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It's time for the end of this disastrous marriage. The Nets traded away a hefty sum for the overrated point guard back when they were still in New Jersey, and it simply hasn't worked out. They have yet to make it past the second round of the playoffs or finish first in their own pathetic Atlantic Division during Williams' tenure. The Nets should get what they can for Williams and rebuild their offense with a pass-first, play-making point guard.

1. Build the team around Joe Johnson

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1. Build the team around Joe Johnson

Joe Johnson Brooklyn Nets
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The Nets acquired Joe Johnson during the 2013 offseason, and he proved this season that he is the best player on their current roster. He led the team in scoring last year with over 17 points per game and finished inside the team's top 10 in shooting percentage. Add that to the clutch finishing touch he showcased this season and his tenacious defense and he represents the Nets' best chance at a finals run next season