Amid unrealistic expectations prior to the season, the Brooklyn Nets pretty much finished where most expected them to finish — at the hands of the Miami Heat.
Still, when we look back at this season, it’s going to be a disappointment for the Nets. And most of the blame will fall on Deron Williams — the team’s “star” player who played nothing like a star this season.
Williams fought through injuries all year long and only averaged 14 points and six assists this season — both of which were his lowest marks since his rookie season. In his defense, it could be argued that he was playing on two flat tires, as he could be in line for ankle procedures on both his ankles this offseason. Yes, both.
But there lies the Nets dilemma. This team was supposed to be built around Williams, not held back by him.
This team has little upside unless Williams somehow rediscovers the swagger that made him a star in Utah.
There is an alternative, sources say, the Nets will not rule out: They could look to trade Williams this summer, retool around Johnson and Lopez, squeeze one more run out of Pierce and Garnett and hope for the best.
It’s hard to say what the Nets might get for a 29-year-old former All-Star with bad ankles and $63 million left on his contract, but it’s worth exploring. The Houston Rockets tried to acquire Williams last December, so it’s not inconceivable that another team desperate for point-guard help might inquire.
So essentially, the Nets have a huge offseason in front of them. Do they continue to try to trade Brook Lopez, or do they attempt to trade Williams? Or perhaps both?
When the Nets traded for Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett most people believed that the Nets had a one-year window. If true, they came out empty-handed.
Maybe it is time to blow it up again in Brooklyn.