A rundown on the Nets postseason moves
The Brooklyn Nets went into this offseason without having a lot of wiggle room as they had $190 million payroll in 2013-14 and Paul Pierce was the only big-name free agent coming off the rolls. So it makes sense that the biggest moves of the offseason were non-moves. The most significant days this offseason were when Paul Pierce signed with the Washington Wizards and when Shaun Livingston signed with the Golden State Warriors.
With the money the Nets saved on Livingston, they signed Bojan Bogdanovic, whom they’ve had the rights to since the 2011 NBA Draft while he has played basketball in Europe, using the mid-level exception. There was no such exception with Pierce so as luxury tax offenders they had to pocket the money. Sure, they could have re-signed Pierce, but considering the Nets lost $144 million last year and he is past his prime, they decided to go in another direction and save more than $20 million in taxes.
Here is a rundown of the rest of the Nets entire offseason:
- July 1: Alan Anderson, Andray Blatche, Jason Collins, Shaun Livingston and Paul Pierce become free agents.
- July 2: Shaun Livingston signs a 3-year deal with Warriors.
- July 7: Nets sign Bojan Bogdanovic to a 3-year deal.
- July 9: Nets trade Marcus Thornton for Jarrett Jack and Sergey Karasev.
- July 13: Paul Pierce signs a 2-year deal with the Wizards.
- July 14: Nets re-sign Alan Anderson to a 2-year deal.
- July 23: Nets sign 2nd round draft picks Markel Brown and Cory Jefferson.
Out of their moves obviously Bogdanovic is the most interesting. If he can make a quick adjustment to the NBA then hopefully the Nets won’t miss Pierce too much. Sergey Karasev is also interesting as talent elevators like his potential. For a team that didn’t have any draft picks going into this year’s NBA Draft, they certainly added two interesting players.
The biggest difference this team can potentially see is a completely healthy return of its stars Brook Lopez and Deron Williams. If those two can recover from their surgeries, foot and ankle surgeries respectively, and return to an elite level, the Nets might have a real shot at making some noise. If one or both of those players aren’t contributing at all-star levels they could be in trouble.