By Todd Singer @breakingbadfish on June 29, 2014
Despite the recent upheaval of the Nets' coaching situation, the roster could look significantly different beginning next season. With several key members of the team being free agents, the Nets will hope to retain some key members such as Paul Pierce, Shaun Livingston and Alan Anderson. The following is the way the depth chart shakes out currently.
Barring an unforeseen trade, Deron Williams will man the point for Brooklyn next season. Williams is coming off surgery on both of his ankles which he and the team hope will allay the injuries he's suffered to them in recent seasons. Williams' backup. Shaun Livingston is a free agent and could leave, but it's doubtful they'd hand the backup job to Gutierrez or Teague.
Joe Johnson is the incumbent at shooting guard for the Nets, and he'll be back starting for them at the beginning of next season. Marcus Thornton was acquired in a mid-season trade but barely saw the floor in the playoffs and could be shipped off in a deal for a point guard if Livingston leaves. Brown and Thames are both long-shots to make the team but could surprise in camp.
The small forward position is perhaps the most volatile on the Nets' roster right now. Although the Nets frequently started Johnson at the three last season, with the return of Brook Lopez, they figure to go back to a more traditional lineup. Paul Pierce is a free agent, and if he returns, he'd be the starter here. If not, Kirilenko could start with a cheap alternative brought in to back him up.
There are many questions as to whether or not Kevin Garnett will return for another season, but he's still owed $ 12 million for next season and looked a lot more spry in the last few games of the playoffs than he did in the regular season. If KG returns, he will likely start at the four, spelled on occasion by Teletovic and, if he makes the team, Jefferson.
The Nets will get a big piece back to begin next season when Brook Lopez returns to the lineup as the starting center. In Lopez's absence last season, the Nets went to a smaller lineup that had a lot of success, but with the big man coming back, they'll need to adjust for his presence. Last year's impressive rookie, Mason Plumlee, serves as the primary backup.
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