New Nets Will Be Fun To Watch

Pierce Garnett Nets
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The Nets just pulled off a blockbuster trade with the Celtics, getting Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Jason Terry for Gerald Wallace, Kris Humphries, MarShon Brooks, Keith Bogans and Kris Joseph as well as three first-round draft picks, in 2014, 2016 and 2018.

I talked about what Kevin Garnett could bring the Nets way back in May when they had “gone fishin'”, after being eliminated by the Bulls. But I never thought they could pull off such a trade. Kudos to the much maligned GM of the Nets, Billy King, who was always thought of as a below-average GM, but the haters better re-think that after this move.

This move is great on so many levels. It gives the Nets EXACTLY what they were lacking last season in leadership and heart. That’s what Garnett excels at. It also tweaks the Knicks (Again). Something that nets’ owner Prokhorov loves to do, and immediately puts the Nets above the Knicks in terms of talent.

People seem to be criticizing this trade, but how can you argue with grabbing two future hall-of-famers who still have 2-3 years left? You can’t.

The only question is how long will it take for these pieces fit together? More than likely, the Nets will struggle a bit this season. I say that based on the Heat’s first season with their big three, and the Lakers last season with Nash and Howard. It takes time for players to mesh together. And with Jason Kidd being the Nets’ new coach, that puts things in an even murkier situation. But putting Garnett and Pierce together with Deron Williams, Joe Johnson and Brook Lopez gives the Nets arguably the best starting five in the NBA. I also like the fact that Reggie Evans, best rebounder in the NBA will stick with the Nets. Initially, he was to go to Boston in the deal, but was replaced by MarShon Brooks. Evans is a one-dimensional player, but in spurts, can be effective with his energy.

A first year coach, pieces that never played together before, who knows what will happen?!? But one thing is for sure, this team will be fun to watch. Maybe as fun to watch as this:

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