5. The Infamous Celtics Trade
As mentioned before, not all these decisions are seen as a good. This is easily the worst decision the Nets made on this list. Since the Nets decided to trade away three first round picks for two aging superstars, the team is in the situation they are today. Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett were welcoming additions before the start of the 2013-14 season, but their production was not the same as it was in Boston. To go along with lower production from all the starters, the Nets lost Brook Lopez due to injury.
The trade was made in order to create a challenge for the Miami Heat. And even after a 4-0 regular season sweep of the Heat, the Nets would fall to the Heat in the Eastern Conference Semifinals 4-1. After all of the hype surrounding this new “super team,” it quickly ended when the Nets decided not to resign Pierce. Pierce was by no means the best player on the team, but clearly the Nets had changed their plans after the 2013-14 season.
For now, fans will have to continue to watching losing seasons while there are no incoming draft picks. This is bad for the franchise because there are no young budding stars to watch for. Luckily, Lopez does not seem to be going anywhere.
Next: No. 4: Drazen Petrovic Trade