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Brooklyn Nets: 5 Bold Predictions For The 2014 Offseason

Brooklyn Nets: 5 Bold Predictions For The 2014 Offseason

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This upcoming offseason is a crucial one for the Brooklyn Nets as they attempt to possibly make one more run at contending for an Eastern Conference title before things get shaken up. The Nets have several key free agents and decisions to be made, and Billy King will likely have to get creative to bring everyone back. The following are five bold predictions on what the Nets could do this offseason.

5. Nets Will Buy A Late-First/Early-Second Round Pick

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5. Nets Will Buy A Late-First/Early-Second Round Pick

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Billy King is no stranger to trying to buy picks in the late-first/early-second round of the draft and, with the backing of Mikhail Prokhorov, the million the Nets have to spend could look enticing to a cash-strapped franchise. Assuming the Nets are able to make their way into the draft, the team has reportedly looked long and hard at Colorado guard Spencer Dinwiddie, who could be a capable replacement for Shaun Livingston or Alan Anderson.

4. Andrei Kirilenko Will Exercise His Player Option

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4. Andrei Kirilenko Will Exercise His Player Option

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While Andrei Kirilenko was roundly criticized for signing what most considered to be a below-market deal with the Nets last season, Kirilenko had an up-and-down season that was disrupted by injuries. Kirilenko once again holds a player option for next season, and even though he might be able to get more money elsewhere, his injuries and allegiance to the Nets' Russian owner could keep him in Brooklyn for next season.

3. Nets will sign Greivis Vasquez and Trevor Booker

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3. Nets will sign Greivis Vasquez and Trevor Booker

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Of course, these moves hinge on the no. 2 bold prediction on this list, but in the event that plays out, the Nets could opt to go after Vasquez and Booker to fill key holes in the roster. Vasquez burned the Nets on many occasions during their first-round playoff series with Toronto, and has carved out a nice little niche for himself as a backup PG. Booker has struggled with consistency in Washington, but could be an energy guy off the bench.

2. Shaun Livingston, Andray Blatche, and Alan Anderson Will Leave in Free Agency

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2. Shaun Livingston, Andray Blatche, and Alan Anderson Will Leave in Free Agency

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One of the Nets' biggest offseason priorities is to retain Shaun Livingston, who enjoyed the best season of his career after signing for the veteran's minimum last off-season. Livingston is almost sure to get more money elsewhere and could leave the Nets searching for a reliable backup for Deron Williams. Two of the Nets other FAs, Blatche and Anderson, could also find more money and playing time elsewhere and will be wearing different uniforms.

1. Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce Will Return for Next Season

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1. Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce Will Return for Next Season

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It's difficult to see Kevin Garnett passing up million, especially given that his play grew stronger as the playoffs wore on. While the Nets would most certainly have to limit Garnett's minutes again if he returns, KG's impact on the defensive end is vital for this team. If Garnett returns, expect Pierce to re-sign as well, as the Nets can offer him more years and money than any other team, plus the chance to compete in a downtrodden East.