In a recent article, ESPN’s Chad Ford gave the Nets a B+ for their offseason. Only the Celtics, Lakers, Heat, and Hornets got higher grades and this comes just a few weeks after Ford called for Nets GM Billy King to be fired. Ford had this to say about Brooklyn:
In aggregate, King looks much smarter. His huge gamble to trade for Deron Williams 18 months ago paid off. Williams was the single most important signing for any team this summer, and he has made it clear that he would not have re-signed with the Nets had they not pulled the trigger on the Johnson and Wallace trades. So how can you criticize either deal? And Lopez? Roy Hibbert got the same deal. Heck, Omer Asik got huge money.
My question for Ford is how the Nets could have done any better. Of course, if Brooklyn landed Dwight Howard, the grade would be better, but that has proven impossible with Orlando’s inability to make decisions about their star center. But other than that, what else could the Nets have done? They kept Deron Williams and Gerald Wallace, which they needed, and added Joe Johnson, a guy who can average 20 ppg. They didn’t have a choice but to sign Brook Lopez to a max contract because they were not going to let him walk, and they are very close to signing Kris Humphries.They even filled in holes at backup point guard and added Europe’s leading scorer in 26-year-old Mirza Teletovic.
Additionally, the Brooklyn Nets have made a huge splash this offseason and have nearly sold out of season tickets. They will likely be better than their crosstown rival Knicks next season and may be able to convert Knicks fans into Nets fans. Although the Nets do not deserve an A+, I think they should have at least gotten an A or A-.