(DURHAM, N.C.) — With talented — yet aging — roster, if the Brooklyn Nets are to win a title, it has to be this year, if you ask general manager Billy King.
During the offseason, the Nets went all out to upgrade their roster. Their upgrades include Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Andrei Kirilenko, and Jason Terry.
Those veterans, along with Deron Williams, Joe Johnson, and Brook Lopez will make up, at least on paper, one of the better teams in the Eastern Conference.
But the Nets will be paying $189 million in salaries, including an NBA-record $87 million in luxury taxes.
“Now, this is the window — this season,” King said. “We’re going to see what we can do with this season, and then we’ll see what next season brings.”
“They’re here to win,” King added. “When you have guys that have made as much money as they do, the only thing they can do next is to try accomplish something, which is win a championship.”
The Nets also made a bold move this offseason when they hired former point guard Jason Kidd as their head coach. Kidd played as recently as last season, but has zero coaching experience.
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