It’s hard to believe that just a few years ago, the Brooklyn Nets were a serious contender in the Eastern Conference. They had Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Joe Johnson, Deron Williams and Brook Lopez as their starting lineup.
Brooklyn put up a bit of a fight against the Miami Heat during the “Big 3” era but, in the end, they had to get rid of their biggest players. Joe Johnson left for Utah in the offseason via Miami and the only member of that starting five left is Lopez.
As the team rebuilds, all eyes are on the front office as they figure out what to do with the last major asset they have left. The borough’s current squad has evolved with the times into a running and gunning outfit.
Their starting center sticks out like a sore thumb in the current configuration and that makes outsiders speculate that his time in New York may be coming to an end. ESPN has been reporting that the club has been taking calls on their former All-Star big man.
Trading away the last asset remaining from the past era is one of the only ways that the franchise can improve itself in the foreseeable future. The deals to acquire KG and The Truth sent away a large number of first round picks.
Boston has enjoyed Jaylen Brown in this year’s draft, courtesy of the Nets. Dealing the 28-year-old could yield a draft selection and a quality player. Getting back into the draft in any capacity would help speed up the rebuilding process by a considerable margin.
But, the second team in New York City isn’t actively shopping their star big, instead merely listening to proposals. The problem for Brooklyn is that they will have to find a deal that they like in order to return to prominence.