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Brooklyn Nets’ Options Following Brook Lopez’s Injury (Part Two)

December 30th, 2013 at 2:24 PM
By Martin Mihaly

'Brook Lopez' photo (c) 2013, Shinya Suzuki - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/

Make Trades

A few seasons ago the New Jersey Nets made a big splash when they failed to get Carmelo Anthony from the Denver Nuggets but instead were able to acquire Deron Williams from the Utah Jazz.  Since then, the team (now Brooklyn Nets) has also been able to acquire Joe Johnson, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett through trades and re-signed Brook Lopez.  Owner Mikhail Prokhorov and GM Billy King had dreams of putting together a team that could win a championship and the thought was that this team had a chance of doing just that.

If it wasn't clear before Lopez's injury that this would not compete for a championship, well then it certainly is much clearer now.  

As stated before, the Nets have been riddled with injuries all season long.  An even more alarming statistic, according to the New York Post, since acquiring Deron Williams, the Nets are 55-45 with him and Lopez in the lineup together and just 32-68 (now 33-70) when at least one has been missing.  Now that their youngest star has suffered a devastating injury and the team's aging veterans underperforming, it's time that the Brooklyn Nets start to look at possible trade options to improve the team's outlook not necessarily for this season but for the future.

When the Nets made all the trades to acquire these star players, they rid themselves of multiple first-round future draft picks.  If the Nets plan on rebuilding, they may very well have to find a way to re-acquire draft picks by trading the same stars that they traded for.  

Trying to acquire draft picks for what is expected to be a loaded 2014 NBA Draft would be a start.

Fire Jason Kidd 

In the offseason, it was a flashy and risky move when the Nets hired Jason Kidd to be their coach.  

Flashy because he is a future Hall of Famer and one of the best point guards in the history of the NBA.  Kidd was also the star that turned the Nets franchise around in the early 2000s and brought them team to back-to-back Finals appearances.

Risky because he was just a few days removed from his playing career, had no coaching experience aside from what he learned as a player and was now about to be the leader of the team with the highest payroll and had championship aspirations.  With the possibility of bringing in highly touted coach Brian Shaw, Billy King and Mikhail Prokhorov were instead convinced by Kidd that he was the right man for the job. 

The Nuggets ended up hiring Shaw who, before losing six straight, were 14-9 (now 14-15).  

Kidd was able to hand pick his assistants.  One of his top choices was a former coach of not only Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett, but also his very own from his time spent in New Jersey, Lawrence Frank.  Frank was brought in as a supposed defensive coordinator and to be one of Kidd's top assistants.  That quickly backfired as Kidd could no longer stand having Frank around and decided to basically fire him.  

Now, with the losses mounting, Kidd could be the next one to get the pink slip.  As Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports predicts, Kidd could be out by the All-Star break if the Nets don't turn things around

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Tags: Basketball, Billy King, Brook Lopez, Brooklyn, Brooklyn Nets, Carmelo Anthony, Denver, Denver Nuggets, Jason Kidd, Joe Johnson, Kevin Garnett, Mikhail Prokhorov, NBA, New Jersey

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