NBA.com's Shaun Powell looks ahead at Brooklyn's prospects for 2015-16 and doesn't see a whole lot of hope.
"It’ll take some clever maneuvering to compile assets, trim payroll and keep the fans satisfied, and that burden falls on general manager Billy King," Powell writes. "To be fair to King, he spent lavishly on the orders of ownership, which wanted to make a big splash in Brooklyn when the Nets crossed the Hudson. But there was no backup plan and now the team’s a mess."
File this under "stuff we already knew," but the Nets are bound to bear more of the mortgaged-future critique this year because of the roster that's left behind. Don't get me wrong, I don't think this collection isn't anything particularly worse than what the Nets started last season with, but with Brooklyn's piecemeal bench, coupled with the question marks at point guard, it's popular to dump all over them.
I don't think Nets fans can realistically expect anything more than a seven or eight seed for the next few years, and I think if you asked management in an honest moment, they'd say the same thing. Brooklyn is trying to stay competitive while bridging the gap to the next time they have assets, and what that will look like is a team that fights to stay around the .500 mark and just sneak into the postseason.