Where does this offseason rank in Brooklyn Nets history? Over the past couple of years, the Brooklyn Nets have built a championship contender. This offseason, they made some moves to make their roster look even better than last year. Before the NBA season begins in a few weeks, let’s take a trip down memory lane at some of the most memorable offseasons for Brooklyn Nets over the past 20 years.
This was the offseason with the very significant Jason Kidd trade. The New Jersey Nets traded Stephon Marbury to the Phoenix Suns for Jason Kidd. With Kidd, the Nets made back-to-back NBA Finals in 2002 and 2003. A place they have not reached since. During the 2001 NBA Draft, the Nets also made moves to get Richard Jefferson and Jason Collins.
The Nets traded Kenyon Martin to the Denver Nuggets for 3 future first-round draft picks. The Nets also traded Kerry Kittles. Both these players played huge roles in their back-to-back runs to the Finals. Seeing these two players go signaled the end of an era in New Jersey.
Richard Jefferson was traded away to the Milwaukee Bucks for Bobby Simmons and Yi Jianlian. Because Jason Kidd was traded away mid-season, the Nets were in a transition period. When Jefferson and Jason Collins departed in 2008, there were no more players from the team that went to the Finals in 2002 and 2003. With the 10th overall pick in the NBA Draft, the Nets selected Brook Lopez. Lopez would eventually become the Nets all-time leading scorer.
Vince Carter (and Ryan Anderson) got traded to the Orlando Magic for Courtney Lee, Rafer Alston, and Tony Battie. This signaled the end of another era in New Jersey. The Nets would go in rebuild mode. The following season was the worst in franchise history.
The move to Brooklyn was completed in 2012 and the Nets would make an enormous move the following year with the Boston Celtics trade. Acquiring Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, and Jason Terry for 4 first-round draft picks. The Nets gave up their future to win now. Unfortunately, they did not win now and this trade forced the Nets to rebuild in a couple years with not many draft picks to rely on. The Nets also hired Jason Kidd as Head Coach.
The Nets trade Brook Lopez for D’Angelo Russell. This was again the start of a new era. With Lopez’s departure, there were no more remaining players from the New Jersey days. However, with this trade, the Nets got younger. The young talent performed well over the next couple of years and because of that, we knew the franchise was heading in the right direction. With players like D’Angelo Russell and Spencer Dinwiddie leading the way, the Nets were back to the playoffs in 2019.
The Nets signed Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, and DeAndre Jordan. This was arguably the most impactful offseason to date. Because Kevin Durant was recovering from his Achilles injury, it would take a year before we saw all of them suit up at once. However, all the pieces were set to make a championship run once he was fully healthy.
This offseason was all about fine-tuning the team. Because the Nets already had Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, and James Harden set to return, they just needed to put the right pieces around them. With key additions such as Patty Mills, James Johnson, and LaMarcus Aldridge, the team looks like a more complete roster than last year. The Nets were able to re-sign Blake Griffin and sign Kevin Durant to a contract extension. This team is ready to win a championship now. As long as they are able to stay healthy, the Brooklyn Nets will be the odds on favorite.
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