Best Bargain-Bin NBA 2014 Free Agency Options for Brooklyn Nets

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Best Bargain-Bin NBA 2014 Free Agency Options for Brooklyn Nets
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While many teams are busy signing big-name free agents and acquiring valuable role players, the Brooklyn Nets have been relegated to more thumb-twiddling than people who don't dance at weddings.

Entering the free agency fray with nine players locked into guaranteed contracts in 2014-15, Brooklyn will be limited to using its taxpayer’s mini midlevel exception (starting at $3.3 million) and offering veteran’s minimum deals, per ESPN New York’s Mike Mazzeo.

The Nets already lost Shaun Livingston to the Golden State Warriors, and Paul Pierce’s time in Brooklyn ended when the veteran forward signed with the Washington Wizards on July 12.

Jason Kidd jumped ship, too, but the Nets got a better coach in Lionel Hollins and two draft picks out of the deal. So that's a non-issue.

Getting ahold of youngsters like Markel Brown, Xavier Thomas and Cory Jefferson in the 2014 draft could bolster the aging roster, but can't be the only improvement the Nets make this offseason.

So, as the team stares down a financial situation tighter than a Kim Kardashian dress, what can the Nets really do to get better this summer?

Off to the clearance rack we go.

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