Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports
The Nets didn't have a terrible offseason last year. They got better, became a playoff team and generated a lot of excitement ahead of their move to Brooklyn.
With that said, there was one major issue. They took on Joe Johnson's contract and extended Gerald Wallace's, in turn mortgaging their cap flexibility for the foreseeable future.
That would be fine if the Nets were a genuine contender, but they got knocked out of the first round and have now decided to fix that...by mortgaging even more of their future assets.
Brooklyn traded away a package including Wallace's contract to pick up Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Jason Terry but gave up three future draft picks in the process.
The Nets are now starved of cap space and future picks for the foreseeable future, but this time it may actually be worth it. They have one of the strongest starting fives in the conference and a player who can still be a great sixth man in Terry.
With Jason Kidd returning to coach the team, exciting times are ahead in Brooklyn (at least for a couple of years). With Pierce and KG, they are now playoff ready and have a genuine chance of going toe-to-toe with the Miami Heat if it all works out.
This is still a huge risk for the Nets, but after bringing in Johnson and Wallace last year there wasn't much of a choice.