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Report: Only ‘a slim chance’ Nets make a move before the trade deadline

Feb 11, 2014, 10:24 PM EDT

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There are plenty of teams that will be obvious buyers or sellers at the upcoming Feb. 20 trade deadline. But the situation with the Nets is a bit less clear.

Brooklyn went all-in this season as much as possible, putting together a team whose payroll including luxury tax payments will reach the $180 million range when all is said and done. Injuries have derailed their aspirations to this point, however, particularly the one that ended the season of big man Brook Lopez.

The trade deadline, along with the $5.2 million disabled player exception the Nets received after Lopez went down provide opportunities for the team to improve for the second half of the season. But it appears as though they’ll be content to finish out the year with the roster as currently constructed.

Honestly, that makes a lot of sense.

Any move the Nets did make likely wouldn’t push them closer to their stated goal of contending for a title, and instead would have the opposite effect of trading more future, low-cost assets in a short-sighted and extremely expensive attempt to win now.

Brooklyn has played much better since the calendar turned to 2014, posting a 13-5 record since Jan. 1. If Deron Williams can regain his confidence and the team can continue to get contributions from multiple players on a consistent basis, they have enough to make a dent in the playoff picture in the East.

No likely trade would place the Nets into the class of the Heat or the Pacers, though, so riding out the season with the guys already in place would appear to be the wisest course of action.

  1. jolink653 - Feb 11, 2014 at 11:15 PM

    They’re not beating the Pacers and they’re not beating the Heat; so in essence they mortgaged the future for KG and Pierce when the move won’t get them anywhere near a title, and they really have nothing to trade, so they’re stuck with this roster for the rest of the season

  2. antianarxi - Feb 12, 2014 at 12:31 AM

    with a healthy AK47, williams and johnson I woudnt count out the nets just yet. remember garnett and pierce live for the playoffs, so dont count them out either. brooklyn has beaten miami in their games this year also, which is great for their confidence. IM not saying its going to be easy to beat the pacers and miami but in no way would i count them out…

    • 1heatedtoombrayduh - Feb 12, 2014 at 8:06 AM

      I have read this and understand where you are coming from…however I have counted them out lol

    • psubeerman21 - Feb 12, 2014 at 9:36 AM

      Well, they have to beat both in a 7 game series, without their starting center. I suppose crazier things have happened, but not many

  3. nickjackalson - Feb 12, 2014 at 6:56 AM

    count out who you want – last time I checked, there was a reason they actually play the games

    • 1heatedtoombrayduh - Feb 12, 2014 at 8:09 AM

      yes the reason is to get paid for our entertainment. Nothing more, nothing less

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