The Brooklyn Nets have been plagued for years by terrible offseason decisions. GM Sean Marks flipped the script this summer and set the Nets up for success.
Since taking the job in 2016, Brooklyn Nets general manager Sean Marks has worked to clean up the mess he inherited, much of which stemmed from the July 2013 trade with the Boston Celtics that sent the Nets into one of the worst positions in NBA history.
That one trade executed by former general manager Billy King stripped the club of most of its young players, as well as its first-round pick in four of the last five drafts.
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With the Nets are still suffering from a lack of draft assets, Marks decided to absorb unwanted contracts around the league. With that strategy this offseason, the Nets picked up Dwight Howard, Kenneth Faried and Darrell Arthur.
While taking on all three of these contracts teams wanted to get rid of, Marks somehow added talent and preserved cap space for next year to make a big splash in free agency.
With Joe Harris re-signing for two years and $16 million, Marks also added Ed Davis for one year and $4.4 million, Treveon Graham for two years and $3.2 million, and Shabazz Napier for two years at $3.8 million.
These are players who may not be big-ticket names, but they will help the Nets continue their rebound this season.
In a conference call last week with season ticket holders, Marks said:
"I think with our goals that we set forth from our basketball operations standpoint, I think we achieved what we will walk out of summer with."
In the end, the Nets are walking away from this offseason with heads held high, due to preserving excellent cap space next offseason and adding extra picks in each of the next three drafts.
In the end, this has been the Nets’ best offseason in years, because Marks has orchestrated a situation where the Nets can win a significant amount of games this year, along with setting up major moves next offseason to move the team further into playoff contention.