The Brooklyn Nets are set with their Big Three of Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and James Harden, but expect the team around them to look different next season.
"We'll look at every position on the roster," general manager Sean Marks told reporters Monday. "Inevitably, there will have to be changes."
The Nets were eliminated in seven games by the Milwaukee Bucks in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. The issue wasn't the team's supporting cast as much as injuries to Irving and Harden.
The former was lost for the series in Game 4 after spraining his right ankle. The latter missed Games 2-4 with a hamstring injury and played at less than 100 percent upon returning.
But major questions surround who the Nets can afford to keep going forward. Spencer Dinwiddie, who missed most of the season with a torn ACL, will be a free agent, along with Blake Griffin, Jeff Green, Bruce Brown and Mike James, who all played big roles in the postseason.
The Nets will have Durant, Irving, Harden, Joe Harris, DeAndre Jordan, Landry Shamet, Nicolas Claxton and Alize Johnson under contract for $156.3 million, per Spotrac, well over the projected $112.4 million salary cap.
With three max players, the luxury-tax bill adds up, and it becomes difficult to maneuver and add complementary veterans with a huge wage sheet.
Brooklyn has handled the hard part of building a contender: getting the superstars. Harris, Shamet and Claxton are nice role players. Perhaps free agents like Griffin, Green and Brown will return on minimum deals.
But the Nets should have a different look next season. They may try to move assets to shed Jordan's salary ($9.8 million in each of the next two seasons). Dinwiddie will attract plenty of attention in free agency and is likely to depart. Role players will leave; new ones will join.
So long as Durant, Harden and Irving are around and healthy, however, the Nets are title contenders.