The Brooklyn Nets were eliminated from the NBA playoffs this week by the Miami Heat. Although the defeat did not surprise many NBA fans, the Nets now face major trouble as they aim to rebuild their roster for next season.
Last offseason, the Nets traded three first round draft picks for the veteran All-Stars, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett. The move gave the Nets the honor of the highest payroll in the NBA, paying a large luxury tax.
Now however, with Kevin Garnett unlikely to return and Paul Pierce heading for free agency, the Nets are hamstrung in their bid to rebuild the roster for 2015.
Nets GM, Billy King however has a plan for the Nets to be competitive next year. According to Mike Mazzeo of ESPN:
"Billy King said the #Nets could look to acquire a pick in the draft and he said Bojan Bogdanovic could be an option, possibly."
The draft seems like a logical place for the Nets to start as they need to rejuvenate their ageing roster with some fresh talent. However, acquiring a pick in one of the highest rated draft classes in recent history will not be easy.
A lot of the Nets success next season will depend on the relative health of Deron Williams and Brook Lopez. Lopez missed the entire season through injury whilst Williams has struggled to keep constantly healthy through a gruelling NBA campaign.
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