Nets GM: Trades already explored, Coach Lionel Hollins’ job safe
The Brooklyn Nets are an 0-7 dumpster fire to start the season — they have the worst offense in the NBA and the fourth worst defense. While injuries (such as to Brook Lopez) are part of the issue, the reality is the bill has come due for the “win now at all costs” team that was assembled to help open the Barclays Center a couple of years ago. Brooklyn is finding the price very steep.
What is GM Billy King going to do about it?
Frankly, there’s not much he can do short term. However, he has started calling around in the early, exploratory phases about trades, reports Rod Boone of Newsday.
The Nets do have talent that may draw interest in trades — Thaddeus Young and Joe Johnson, specifically — it’s likely some time before those first calls start to generate any real action.
While there have been rumors about a coaching change because of the slow start, King said coach Lionel Hollins is safe, via Mike Mazzeo of ESPN.
That it is the last year of Kings’ deal has led to some buzz around the league he could be in trouble, too. However, the hole the Nets are in can be traced directly back to ownership — Mikhail Prokhorov wanted to spend now and buy a contender. The NBA doesn’t work like that anymore. The price tag for aging veterans that got the team to the second round of the playoffs has been the Nets have a mismatched roster and without control their own first round draft pick until 2019. King openly admitted the bill is now due.
King did a good job clearing cap space that they can spend the next couple summers, but a foundation needs to be built before a serious, cornerstone kind of free agent will even seriously consider Brooklyn. Bottom line Nets fans, it’s going to be a long few years.