Draft picks: None
By Jim Brighters, NBA Editor
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Brooklyn Nets have no draft picks in 2014.
That's the price you pay for mortgaging the entire future on the present.
Brooklyn traded this year's first-round pick to the Boston Celtics in exchange for Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce. Their presence got the Nets into the second round, but there was no parade in Brooklyn.
The penalty is the Nets have to stay with what they have. The roster is still pretty solid, although if Pierce leaves via free agency, the small-forward position is open for competition.
If Garnett retires, then big-man depth could be needed. Truthfully, if all possible free agents exercise their player options, the Nets will need help bolstering their second unit, which was a massive strength this season.
Brooklyn won't have much of a chance of getting into this draft, maybe in the second round. They gave up first-round picks in 2014, 2016 and 2018 and Boston has the right to swap picks in 2017.
Basically, the Nets have little leverage to try and work themselves into the mix.
Players Under Contract: G Joe Johnson; G Deron Williams; C Brook Lopez; C/F Kevin Garnett; G Marcus Thornton; F Mirza Teletovic; C/F Mason Plumlee
Free Agents: F Paul Pierce; F Andrei Kirilenko (player option); C/F Andray Blatche (player option), G/F Alan Anderson (player option); G Shaun Livingston; C Jason Collins
Recent Draft History: 2013: Mason Plumlee (22)
2012: Ilkan Karaman (57)
2011: JaJuan Johnson (27), Jordan Williams (36)
2010: Derrick Favors (3), Jordan Crawford (27), Tibor Pleiss (31)
2009: Terrence Williams (11)
06/18 13:18:08 ET