Let's be honest, you laughed as well when the Net's new billion dollar owner said New Jersey would win a title in the next five years. It still looks unrealistic but they are definitely in much better shape right now. This was a savvy trade that I am still not sure how he pulled off. He has been speaking bold ever since he became the owner of the Nets and even said that it was a good idea to stay away from the Carmelo sweepstakes. Sure, the Net's swung and missed on Lebron and the other free agents of the summer but that looks like a smart decision now.
The Nets gave up an average point guard and an unproven rookie for a guy who is questionably the best point guard in the league. This was one of the smartest trades that have seen because it makes them relevant in the league again. Prokhorov had this to say on the situation: " I think we’ve made a very good tactical decision to force (the) Knicks just to pay as much as they can. So I think it’s very good, it’s very interesting, it’s very competitive. As you know, my instinct was to stay away and I still think that is the right decision".
He also had interesting opinions on how the Net's will be contenders in the future: "we have practically everything at our disposal and we have made a lot of fundamentals during our first season. We have a new coach, we have a strong front office, we have great roster of talented young players, we have five first-round draft picks and we have a lot of trade-able assets – it sounds great. What we missed? We need just one superstar. But any superstar player from our roster, or what can be traded, he will be the king of the world. The first really global basketball player.