Nets’ Willingness to Deal Signals Necessary Course Correction for Plan Gone Awry

December 23rd, 2014 by Howard Beck Leave a reply »

NEW YORK — A reckoning is coming. A trade, maybe several, that will radically reshape the Brooklyn Nets as we have come to know and love (and/or mock, and/or disdain) them.

Deron Williams could be shipped out.

Brook Lopez could follow.

Joe Johnson will likely stay, but there's no guarantee of that, either.

The Nets—having spent wildly to chase a title only to find themselves stuck on a gold-plated treadmill—are now working to break the cycle of mediocrity. All they need is a willing trade partner (or two) to take their high-priced stars.

(We'll pause here until the snickering subsides.)

In truth, there never was much to love or respect about the Williams-Lopez-Johnson union, perhaps the least intimidating "Big Three" facsimile we have ever seen. Their statistics and salaries projected strength. Their play inspired shrugs, a collective "meh" from the masses.

A breakup is coming, and no one, not even the most devout Nets fan, will mourn the occasion. But it's worth looking back for a moment, too, to remember how they got here.

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