Brooklyn Nets GM Sean Marks said he wants the organization and its fans to be patient with its goal of making the playoffs after finishing with the NBA's worst record this season.
"We're going to have to build this strategically, have patience with it," Marks told Newsday's Greg Logan at an end-of-season press conference on Monday, "... We're going to have a big-picture view on this looking down the road."
The Nets will swap their first-round pick this season with the Boston Celtics, who earned the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference, and also traded their 2018 first-round pick to the Celtics as part of the Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce trade from 2013.
Marks, who had been a San Antonio Spurs assistant GM for two years before becoming Nets GM last February, said the team will explore all options, including NBA free agency and foreign leagues.
While Brooklyn is projected to have approximately $25 million in cap space, according to Logan, Marks said he wants to fill out his roster instead of targeting top free agents to rebuild quickly.
"If you go after one of the top-tier guys, you obviously would hope to get him, but does that make you better?" Marks said. "Does it get you to 30 wins, 35 wins? The objective here is for us to be in the playoffs. ... You don't want to go and sign free agents, and next thing you know, your payroll is capped out and you're a 25-win team."
Brooklyn will also have the Washington Wizards' first-round pick this season and a Celtics second-rounder, but the Nets traded their second-round pick this year to Atlanta, their 2018 second-rounder to Philadelphia or Charlotte, 2019 second-rounder to Memphis and 2020 second-rounder to Philadelphia.
"We'll stay creative and stay as strategic as we can," Marks said about the draft.