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5 Biggest Issues Facing Brooklyn Nets in 2014 Offseason

5 Biggest Issues Facing Brooklyn Nets in 2014 Offseason

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The Brooklyn Nets failed to reach their high expectations for the 2013-14 season under rookie head coach Jason Kidd. They were able to reach the second round of the playoffs before being ousted by the Miami Heat. This season may be much of the same for the Nets, as they have little wiggle room and a new coach roaming the sidelines. Here are five biggest issues facing the Nets in 2014 offseason.

5. No Cap Space

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5. No Cap Space

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The Nets have 15 players under contract and are way above the salary cap. They are handcuffed by the bigger contracts of Deron Williams, Brook Lopez, Joe Johnson and Kevin Garnett. The high salary cap number leaves the Nets with only minimum contracts to hand out, as Bojan Bogdanovic received their mini-mid-level exception. Trades are the only way the Nets can currently add to their roster.

4. Health Of Star Players

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4. Health Of Star Players

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Deron Williams and Brook Lopez are the cornerstones of the Nets. Sadly for the Nets, both are big injury concerns. Lopez has essentially missed two of the last three seasons dealing with foot injuries. He’s undoubtedly talented, but injuries have begun racking up. Williams had a big drop in his production last season, and also battles chronic ankle problems. Both make a ton of money and are not giving the Nets the returns they had hoped for.

3. What To Do With Kevin Garnett

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3. What To Do With Kevin Garnett

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Garnett has had a Hall-of-Fame career, but he’s past his prime. Last season. Garnett put up career-low numbers across the board. He also played only 20.5 minutes per game, giving little production on the court. He averaged less than 10 PPG for the first time. Garnett will receive playing time as long as he’s on the team, but as long as he is, he's stunting the growth of younger players like Mason Plumlee, Cory Jefferson and Mirza Teletovic.

2. Replacing Paul Pierce

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2. Replacing Paul Pierce

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The acquisition of Paul Pierce from the Boston Celtics last season was supposed to push the Nets over the edge into becoming a contender. Things did not turn out as successfully as everyone hoped, but Pierce was able to deliver when the Nets needed him most. With him signing with the Washington Wizards, the Nets have a pretty big hole at SF. Mirza Teletovic will have the first shot at replacing him, as he flashed at times last season.

1. Lionel Hollins Coaching Style

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1. Lionel Hollins Coaching Style

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Hollins has shown what he can do as a head coach of a veteran team, leading the Memphis Grizzlies to some of their best seasons in franchise history. His system, though, may not be conducive with the current setup of the Nets' roster. Hollins likes his teams to play in the half court, which should be good for the Nets, but only if Brook Lopez plays. If Lopez is out, the Nets will struggle in the half court once again like last season.

Kenneth Teape is a New York Giants writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @teapester725, “Like” on Facebook, or join his Google network