Commentary

How to fix the Brooklyn Nets

Despite huge payroll, Nets still have options -- including trading their stars

Originally Published: December 20, 2012
By Tom Haberstroh | ESPN Insider
So the Brooklyn Nets have fired Avery Johnson as head coach. Now what? The "what" already appears to involve an attempt at courting Phil Jackson to take over Johnson's position, according to our Marc Stein and Chris Broussard. But does Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov seem like the type to be satisfied with just a coaching change?

It seemed to be a foregone conclusion that the Nets were stuck with their bloated roster despite handing Johnson his pink slip after a lukewarm 14-14 start; they have a league-high $330 million in future payroll over the next five seasons. Except the NBA transaction log is a graveyard of foregone conclusions.


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