While reading Point Forward's breakdown of the Nets' offseason, I spit-taked (spit-took?) my way past this sentence:
Brooklyn owns just a single pick — a 2018 second-rounder — outright between now and 2018. Every other selection has been dealt in total or via the right for a trade partner to take the Nets’ pick if it’s higher than its own.
Wait, what??? This is incredible. You can check the full breakdown of this massacre of picks in the article here. They've traded away their picks every year they could, and in the years league rules prohibited them from doing so, they've allowed another team to swap picks. They'll be watching the standings for both teams, sweating getting a good pick and losing it, or their trade partner playing well and handing them a crap pick. Second round picks weren't exempt either! Everything had to go.
It makes you wonder what their long term plan is. I can't imagine Prokhorov wanting to continue to shell out massive sums for tax bills if the team isn't a serious contender. They may be in the mix this year, but going forward?
I think we've all enjoyed the little trolling tiffs we've had with Nets fans over the years, but I sincerely hope the team they have currently assembled takes them on a heck of a postseason ride, because it looks like any reload from this current group might be a painful, drawn out process.