The Brooklyn Nets have turned things around.
Prior to their 109-104 overtime loss to the New Orleans Pelicans, they had won four consecutive games.
The team is now 37-32 after a disaster of a start that saw them begin the season with a 10-21 record.
One reason for their turnaround is the improved play of veteran swingman Paul Pierce.
Pierce and Kevin Garnett (and Jason Terry, who has since been traded to the Sacramento Kings for Marcus Thornton) were acquired from the Boston Celtics prior to the season, signaling the Nets were “all in,” paying all five starters (center Brook Lopez, shooting guard Joe Johnson and point guard Deron Williams in addition to the two former Celtics) big money.
According to Tim Bontemps of The New York Daily News, the Nets want to re-sign Pierce and keep that group together next year.
King says Nets also want Paul Pierce back, but have an advantage there because of holding his Bird Rights.
— Tim Bontemps (@TimBontemps) March 25, 2014
Pierce is averaging 13.6 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game.