September 16, 2014 6:39 PM
" It hasn’t been the easiest of offseasons for fans of the Brooklyn Nets.
Unlike the prior two summers, there was no big bang — no marquee free-agent signing, no blockbuster trade. Heck, they didn’t even own a first-round draft choice in what most experts deemed an abnormally deep talent pool. (The Nets did buy out teams for three late second-round picks, and maybe one or two will round out the end of their bench this season.)
No, the biggest news arose from who left Brooklyn.
Two starters — Shaun Livingston and Paul Pierce — bid adieu. The Nets were handicapped by the NBA’s luxury-tax rules in order to retain Livingston’s services, so it was no surprise that he found a new home in Golden State. Pierce, the team’s heart last season, inexplicably wasn’t even offered a new contract and took his talents to Washington.
Oh, and then there was the small matter of head coach Jason Kidd, who engineered his exit so he could take over the Milwaukee Bucks. That forced general manager Billy King into make his third coaching hire in about 18 months.
And that’s when the offseason took a nice little turn "
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