Deron Williams (Left) & Joe Johnson (via thephoenixmag.com)
Key Additions: Reggie Evans (trade), Kris Humphries (re-sign), Joe Johnson (trade), Brook Lopez (re-sign), Tyshawn Taylor (draft), Mirza Teletovic (sign), Gerald Wallace (re-sign), Deron Williams (re-sign)
The Nets certainly had the busiest offseason out of any team. Not only did they move from Newark to Brooklyn, but they also needed to re-sign their entire starting lineup from last season.
The Nets had four key starters to re-sign: Deron Williams, Gerald Wallace, Kris Humphries and Brook Lopez. All four were highly sought-after, especially Williams, who was by far the best free agent on the market. The Nets were able to lock all of them up to long-term deals and will now have their lineup set in stone for the next few seasons.
What really turned the Nets into instant contenders this offseason was the trade that brought Joe Johnson to Brooklyn. Johnson still has four years and nearly $90 million remaining on his contract. The Hawks just wanted to dump his large contract, so the Nets were able to grab him for next to nothing in return.
To round out their roster, the Nets also landed reserve players like Tyshawn Taylor, Reggie Evans and Mirza Teletovic, who will play significant roles off the bench.