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Kevin Garnett: 5 Reasons Why Brooklyn Nets Should Trade Him

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5 Reasons Why Brooklyn Nets Should Trade Kevin Garnett

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The Brooklyn Nets appear content to head into next season with a core of Brook Lopez, Deron Williams, Joe Johnson and Kevin Garnett. It would be a better idea, however, to hold on to the first three players and test the waters for a Garnett trade. Here are five reasons why the Nets should trade him.

5. Brook Lopez

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5. Brook Lopez

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Brook Lopez will be back in the Nets' lineup this year after his 2013-14 season was ended early on by an injury. He and Garnett didn't work together particularly well in the time that they shared the court, and this was one of many reasons why Brooklyn started the season so badly. An easy solution to this problem would be to trade away the less talented and less important player, which is obviously Garnett.

4. Garnett's Age

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4. Garnett's Age

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At 38, Garnett is one of the oldest players in the league. The Nets are in NBA purgatory, stuck between being a true contender and a non-playoff team. Rectifying this necessitates getting younger.

3. Money

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3. Money

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Garnett carries a salary and cap hit of $12 million in 2014-15. The Nets had the highest luxury tax bill in the league last season, dwarfing the payment of the team in second place. Getting Garnett off the books means quite a bit of money saved.

2. Garnett Could Be Moved for Decent Assets

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2. Garnett Could Be Moved for Decent Assets

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Lopez's expensive deal combined with the bloated contracts of Williams and Johnson leave Brooklyn with next to no salary-cap flexibility. Garnett still has some trade value, and Brooklyn might be able to nab a rotation player or some draft picks for him. Such pieces will be key if the Nets are to retool their roster.

1. Garnett Has Declined

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1. Garnett Has Declined

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Garnett is nowhere near the player he used to be. He can no longer handle significant minutes and his per-36 scoring is way down. The Nets have no need for an expensive veteran whose best basketball is a decade behind him.

Sean Sarcu is a Chicago Blackhawks writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter or add him to your network on Google.

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