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Report: Kevin Garnett coming back to Nets next season despite Pierce departure

Jul 13, 2014, 6:05 PM EDT

If one were cynical, one could say that there are 12 million reasons Kevin Garnett might return to a Brooklyn Nets team without Paul Pierce.

But do you really think KG does things just for the money?

Whatever you think his reasoning, Chris Broussard reports he is coming back to the Nets for one more season, even without Paul Pierce (who is a Wizard now).

Direction? You mean no longer spending wildly and without concern for fit?

There is still a nice roster in Brooklyn: Deron Williams and Joe Johnson in the backcourt, Brook Popez and Kevin Garnett up front, guys in the rotation such as Jarrett Jack, Andrei Kirilenko and Mason Plumlee.

In a wide open Eastern Conference, that’s a lineup that can do some damage, especially with Lionel Hollins at the helm.

If they can just stay healthy.

  1. mazblast - Jul 13, 2014 at 6:07 PM

    They can do some damage if everyone plays at their peak, but I just don’t see them as real contenders. They’ll be better than their pals across the East River, they’ll make the playoffs, but beyond that, as of now I don’t see it.

    • zoomy123 - Jul 13, 2014 at 6:28 PM

      Brooke Lopez should be coming back, right?

  2. zackd2 - Jul 13, 2014 at 6:13 PM

    Impossible, everyone told me KG would retire if PP left. Shocking be didn’t walk away from 12m.

  3. csbanter - Jul 13, 2014 at 6:13 PM

    You have two guys coming off injury in Lopez and D Will, they lost Livingston, Pierce, and soon Blatche. Damage they’ll be lucky to make playoffs.

  4. adoombray - Jul 13, 2014 at 6:14 PM

    Lose the best player on the team and it still looks like it “can do some damage”. okay. they won’t even make the playoffs

    • dirtyjerseysports - Jul 13, 2014 at 6:17 PM

      Somebody is hitting that Sunday Hashish

    • Unidentified_Flying_Stiviano - Jul 14, 2014 at 9:29 AM

      This ‘damage’ they are going to do, must be the same type damage they did the Eastern Conference playoffs last year. You know, taking that elite Raptors team to 7 games. Then where you wanted to pick the Nets to beat the Heat in 7. That kind of damage right?

  5. dirtyjerseysports - Jul 13, 2014 at 6:18 PM

    Hopefully Brook Popez is better than Brook Lopez

    • antistratfordian - Jul 13, 2014 at 8:00 PM

      That should be his nickname and when he posterizes or blocks someone he should cross himself and say “the Lord be with you”…

      • campcouch - Jul 13, 2014 at 8:51 PM

        You should copyright that now.

  6. hurley711 - Jul 13, 2014 at 6:27 PM

    They can do some more damage to Prokorovs wallet as he pays the luxury tax one more time.

    • zoomy123 - Jul 13, 2014 at 6:30 PM

      LOL!

  7. kingperk123 - Jul 13, 2014 at 6:30 PM

    Not….I can’t see ray Allen going to OKC.or.BOSTON

  8. fnc111 - Jul 13, 2014 at 6:42 PM

    I wish KG nothing but the worst.

    • antistratfordian - Jul 13, 2014 at 8:01 PM

      If KG were here he’d give you a thumbs up.

      • jimeejohnson - Jul 13, 2014 at 9:11 PM

        The a s s!

  9. ravenswhat - Jul 13, 2014 at 7:11 PM

    Keep stealing money Kevin. Smh.

  10. genericcommenter - Jul 13, 2014 at 7:12 PM

    The Popez is awesome!

  11. 88heatnation - Jul 13, 2014 at 7:49 PM

    What a weird offseason. Pierce to Washington made completly no sense. Had the chance to play with CP3 in LA where he resides for the mid-level but chose to go to Wizards for less, it was not about the money, or to actually contend. Maybe the Casino’s are nice.

    • realfootballfan - Jul 13, 2014 at 7:55 PM

      Yea, I didn’t get that one. He would have been a great fit in LA. Maybe the Sterling mess or his boys back home were discouraging him going there because they’re Laker fans.

      • antistratfordian - Jul 13, 2014 at 8:03 PM

        CP3 is probably a little too close to LeBron for PP to go there and be his co-worker.

    • Kevin S. - Jul 13, 2014 at 9:48 PM

      You do realize that the Clippers used their mid-level exception on Spencer Hawes and the Nets apparently decided they didn’t want to take back the money to do a sign-and-trade, right?

  12. realfootballfan - Jul 13, 2014 at 7:51 PM

    It’s sad to see KG still trying to hold on. Dude is done unless he wants the old John Salley “sit at the end of the bench with a towel” role on a good team for locker room leadership.

    • antistratfordian - Jul 13, 2014 at 8:05 PM

      Let the man play if he wants to play. Basketball is fun, you know. Even if you’re not as good as you used to be it’s still fun to play. And the camaraderie is always special. That’s something most people miss after they stop playing.

    • stipez - Jul 14, 2014 at 5:57 AM

      I’d take 12 mil to sit at the end of the bench with a towel

  13. mungman69 - Jul 13, 2014 at 8:24 PM

    The Nets are going nowhere in a hurry.

  14. rrhoe - Jul 13, 2014 at 8:39 PM

    From Brooklyn standpoint KG’s all they have to show for the ridiculous trade Boston hijacked them for,then to top it off they had to resign KG and PP is gone. Geez……..

  15. jimeejohnson - Jul 13, 2014 at 9:07 PM

    KG, during the long NBA season, probably lives in a swank, mid-town Manhattan penthouse and probably has a chauffeur drive him the short distance to Brooklyn, where he probably gets Kosher pizza and falafel, etc.! He probably won’t be getting that at home in Newport Beach,

    See how easy it is to not take responsibility for your post: just say “probably” and then, no worries. Whadya mean, “two words”?

  16. 1friendofthepeople - Jul 13, 2014 at 10:12 PM

    Sorry Nets fans ;-(

  17. kindasporty - Jul 13, 2014 at 10:46 PM

    The east should be interesting this year. It seems like every team is poised to make a run because they are “in the east”. Really, it seems like everyone except Orlando, Boston, Detroit, Milwaukee, and Philadelphia seem to have a chance to make some noise. And I wouldn’t count out Detroit depending on what happens with the Monroe/Smith situation.

    • borderline1988 - Jul 14, 2014 at 1:51 PM

      I think the East will be better this year over last. Washington, Toronto, Chicago, Miami and Cleveland are all fairly good teams and I can see them matching up with most Western Conference teams.

  18. eugenesaxe1 - Jul 14, 2014 at 3:13 PM

    “But do you really think KG does things just for the money?”

    Yep.

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