The Brooklyn Nets have made several huge moves over the last seasons. They traded for Utah Jazz point guard Deron Williams, Atlanta Hawks’ swingman Joe Johnson and Boston Celtics’ swingman Paul Pierce and power forward Kevin Garnett over the last three years.
In the 2014 offseason, they dealt for Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Jarrett Jack and swingman Sergey Karasev, but have lost Pierce to the Washington Wizards, reserve guard Shaun Livingston to the Golden State Warriors and will likely lose big man Andray Blatche as well.
According to forward Andrei Kirilenko, the Nets still believe they can contend for a title.
“We intend to seriously compete for the title,” said Kirilenko via Nets Daily, later adding that “everyone is waiting for a championship victory from Brooklyn.”
Kirilenko believes the addition of his Russian teammate, Karasev, will help the Nets in their quest.
“Absolutely! Not only because we’re going to fight for the title. In Cleveland, Sergey was not allowed to play much. It’s hard to achieve when you’re not in the game.” He added. “I’m sure that at the Nets the situation will be different. Our new head coach, Lionel Hollins, will certainly give Karasev a chance to show what he can do.”“
Kirilenko appeared in 45 games and played just 19.0 minutes per game last season. He averaged 5.0 points, 3.2 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 0.9 steals per game while shooting 51.3% from the field, 20.0% from beyond the arc and 51.3% from the free throw line. In the playoffs, he played in 10 of the Nets’ 12 games, averaging only 14.5 minutes per game. He averaged 2.5 points, 2.3 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 1.0 steals per game while shooting 46.7% from the floor and 64.7% from the charity stripe.
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