This Brooklyn Nets roster is a pure representation of Mikhail Prokorov's deep pockets, and his willingness to spend money and make big moves in order for this team to become immediate championship contenders.
The Nets' projected starting lineup of Deron Williams, Joe Johnson, Pierce, Garnett and Brook Lopez is set to make over $80 million next season, which puts them well over the $71.7 million luxury tax line instituted by the league. That doesn't even take into account the money that will be owed to their reserves coming off the bench.
Giving up their future in the form of three future first-round draft picks (2014, 2016 and 2018) to the Celtics could come back to haunt them down the road. However, the Nets are playing for the here and now, if that wasn't obvious already. All of the Nets' money invested in these players will pay for itself if Brooklyn makes a deep enough postseason run.
If they find themselves in the thick of things come June of next year, than it will all be worth it.
In the minds of many, anything less than a second-round appearance in the playoffs for the Nets would be considered a huge disappointment. However, the Nets' own aspirations could far exceed even that.
There's a lot to be excited about with this team, especially after looking up and down the roster and glancing over the abundance of high quality talent the Nets possess.
Will it all come together in the end and which players hold the key to Brooklyn's success in 2013-14? Let's take a look.
All statistics and salary cap information courtesy of HoopsHype, ESPN.com and Basketball-Reference.com