The Brooklyn Nets have had arguably the busiest offseason this year with the additions of Joe Johnson, a few other players, and the re-signings of Gerald Wallace, Deron Williams, Brook Lopez, and Kris Humphries. However, according to hoopsworld.com, the Nets have five players starting next season that will be earning at least $10 million per year. This has put them over the salary cap for the next four seasons including this year which could restrict them from being able to find and add quality players. All five players are their projected starting five for next year: Williams, Johnson, Wallace, Humphries, and Lopez. This is an above average starting five, but can their supporting cast of MarShon Brooks, CJ Watson, Reggie Evans, and the rest help push them through the playoffs? It could be done. They have some playoff veterans that will prove their importance in their attempt to reach the Finals.
However, New York is a tough place to be if you are a sports team because the fans are extremely passionate and fierce-don't get the job done and they will let you hear it-especially with a talented and expensive core of players. This is a team with a new city and new talent. They should make the playoffs this year but most likely will not win the title, which could put Billy King and Avery Johnson on the hot seat for orchestrating all of this yet not being able to put it together immediately. That is what occurred in Miami during and after the first season with the Big 3. The Heat proved that it could be done with a lot of fire power in the starting five, a below average bench, and minimal financial flexibility. Not only that, but they showed that if you prove you are an extremely talented team, free agents will want to play for you, even if it means taking a pay cut.
So Nets nation, while the NBA title probably will not find its way to Brooklyn this year, do not fret or pout because it has been proven that a championship can be achieved even without a lot of flexibility.