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The NBA Comes to Brooklyn

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This past April, the New Jersey Nets packed their bags and took their talents across the river to play in downtown Brooklyn. Shortly after the Nets settled into their new home, management went to work in this busy NBA summer to bring in players to play for Brooklyn’s newest tenants.

The first priority of business for the Nets this off-season was to resign All-Star point guard Derron Williams once free agency was underway, and last week they did just that. The Nets inked the League’s top free agent to a five year deal worth $98 million and put a face on the franchise for years to come. Nets management wasn’t done there as they pulled off a seven payer deal the next day to bring in another All-Star named Joe Johnson from the Atlanta Hawks to play alongside Williams. The Nets were in pursuit of another All-Star Orlando’s Dwight Howard, but after months of negotiation fell through, Brooklyn resigned one of its own big men, Center Brook Lopez to a four year contract worth roughly $60 million. Gerald Wallace a tough minded power forward who was traded to the Nets at last year’s deadline has re-upped with Brooklyn as well to give the Nets a strong front line.

Head coach Avery Johnson who is entering his third year with the franchise, is very excited and optimistic along with many Nets fans for the upcoming season. The final pieces of the puzzle were put together this past weekend when the Nets signed free agent point guard CJ Watson, who is coming off two stellar seasons in Chicago. The Nets also acquired defensive specialist Reggie Evans from the Los Angeles Clippers, and signed small forward veteran Jerry Stackhouse. Lost but not forgotten in the summer drama is second year player MarShon Brooks who is coming off an outstanding rookie season.  Brooklyn’s lone draft pick this season Mirza Teletovic was signed this week as well and will be given a spot on this season’s roster.

The only unfinished business the Brooklyn Nets have left to do this off-season is retaining their top rebounder and shot blocker in Kris Humphries. The free agent power forward averaged 14 points and 11 rebounds while shooting 48% from the field last season. With all the transactions in which both the Nets and Knicks have made this season, the rivalry between the two NY teams is at its all time best. The Nets new home the $1 billion Barclays Center, an 18,103 seat multipurpose arena built in the heart of down town Brooklyn is expected to be ready for action when the preseason tips off this coming October.  On paper, the Nets look very good. If all the pieces fall into place, there will surely be playoff basket ball in Brooklyn come Chol Hamoed Pesach.

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