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Nets GM says he wants to make some trades. Really? Who knew?

Dec 14, 2010, 12:50 PM EDT

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Billy King is working to try and rebuild franchise that last season flirted with historic futility. That is not planting a tree in the backyard work, that is building the Panama Canal work (just with a smaller chance of catching malaria). The Nets need a lot of things.

But New Jersey GM King has new, driven ownership behind him flush with cash. He has the green light and is going to shake things up, likely more than once. The Nets have been rumored to be in the middle of the biggest potential trade in the league this season. So what King told the Star-Ledger is not exactly a shock.

“We’ll probably do some deals before the deadline, I’m pretty sure,” King said. “When you have your record like we are, you’ve got to do some things to get better.”

So when Mikhail Prokhorov promised the playoffs 6-18 on a seven game losing streak was not what he had in mind?

The problem with Prokhorov’s boast is that the short-term goal of making the playoffs could well differ from building a winner long term. And the real goal needs to be a team that contends in three years or so. Good young players need to be given a chance to learn on the job — not good for winning now, exactly how you win down the line.

King, to his credit, seems to get this. Based on his words, he’s not getting sucked in for short-term gain, he’s got his eyes on the prize. And that prize is in Brooklyn.

But actions speak louder than words. We shall see.

  1. thedeandome67 - Dec 14, 2010 at 2:36 PM

    I have followed the Net for about 10 years and it is great to see that they are attempting to build a winner. We all know that they have the funds to get it done and the possibility of getting into a new arena will benefit them very nicely. This year will likely continue to be a struggle. As far as the billionaire owner is concerned, what else is he supposed to say? I don’t know how they run pro hoops in Russia but I am sure that if you have the money you can get the best talent. The NBA is a different beast in a way. Players don’t always want to go somewhere to lose and get a lot of money since the superstars get that when they are drafted into the league, so after a few years of futility and high earnings they are ready to compete and win, not just make the millions. Brooklyn should not be a hard sell for players in the next few years with new facilities and a great fan base, but they have to start building now and right now that is not happening and losing all the time does not attract money players that have begun to see clearly the end approaching. Good luck to the Nets, but my instincts tell me that it will be a while before that team is in the hunt for anything but mediocrity in the next few years. This is not the MLB where you can buy a roster full of superstars and get it done. There are financial rules with high luxury taxes, and nobody, no matter how much you have wants to give away that amount of money for a return that may never come to fruition. It just ain’t that easy. Take a look at the NY Knicks, it has taken a while for them to get back in the hunt and it is going to take at least one more huge contract baller along side Amare to get it done there, and if they have to start dumping key role players then that just may not work out well. So Net fans lets just hold on and sit tight and see if we have a master builder with the ability to implement a genius design!

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