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.
Heard there’s only a slim chance the Nets make a move by the deadline. The number was less than 10 percent.
— Stefan Bondy (@NYDNInterNets) February 11, 2014
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.