The Brooklyn Nets are entering an offseason in which they need to make improvements and figure out their future if they want to avoid falling into a void where the team’s salary is so bloated that they can’t do anything to help themselves. But while the money is tight in Brooklyn, the Nets are hoping to get back Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett next season as to not have wasted this year’s first-round draft pick — a pick they very much could use — on a one year experiment that failed.
Pierce remains a wild card but Garnett seems to be more of a controllable situation as the Nets don’t have to so much convince him not to go elsewhere as they do convince him to stay. So far, it appears like the latter is much more likely than we previously thought.
“Nets continuing to operate with the belief that Kevin Garnett will return next season, sources say” according to Chris Mannix from SI.com. “KG has been in contact with the team.”
Pierce may end up heading to Chicago or Los Angeles to finish out his career but if Garnett returns then it may convince Pierce to return as well.
A lot rides on this offseason for the Nets and it all seems to start with Garnett and the things he can set in motion with whatever he decides to do.