If there's any team that's hurting after the draft lottery, it's the Nets.
They had the best shot at receiving the sixth pick in the draft, but they traded their first-round selection to Portland back in March in exchange for Gerald Wallace. Unless they made the Top Three in the lottery, they wouldn't get a pick in the first round.
As fate would have it, the Nets were awarded the sixth pick and it immediately went to Portland. Needless to say, team owner Mikhail Prokhorov must be reconsidering his options as his team prepares to open next season.
You see, the Nets are in an interesting position.
Star point guard Deron Williams is about to hit free agency and he plans to test the market. During the season, he called out the team for not having enough true starters, and he was right. Thus, it's no wonder that the Nets had been trying all season long to acquire All-Star center Dwight Howard from the Orlando Magic.
Now that they don't even have a first-round pick, acquiring him just became a lot harder.
Aside from guard MarShon Brooks and center Brook Lopez, the Nets have no real assets they can offer for Howard. Throw in the fact that they probably won't deal Brooks, and the odds of Williams staying become even slimmer.
As a result, at least at this point, it looks as though the Brooklyn Nets will be little more than an expansion team next season.