Brooklyn Nets big spending should mean big turnaround

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The Sports Bank will be counting down to the opening tip of the 2012-13 NBA season with team by team previews starting with the worst and working our way to the title contenders.  There is no lockout this time around so let’s get going.

With a move across the Hudson, new arena and logo, and remade roster; the now Brooklyn Nets’ much anticipated makeover is complete.  With all the money they spent this off-season, the team will undoubtedly be one of the most improved teams in the NBA but will it be enough for the franchise to compete for the Eastern Conference title?

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Brooklyn Nets #1 off-season priority; re-sign Deron Williams

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The New Jersey Nets… err… Brooklyn Nets will have a new home next season, moving across the Hudson River to their new home at the Barclays Center.  As the franchise enters a new era, they have plenty of question marks regarding their roster.  Priority number one this off-season for the Nets will be re-signing their star point guard, Deron Williams.
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Applying the Allan Houston Rule to NBA Atlantic Division Teams in 2011

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One of the topics expected to be discussed during the pending NBA Lockout is the possible revival of The Allan Houston Rule.  When a new CBA was agreed upon in 2005, it allowed NBA teams a one time opportunity to waive a player and not have his contract count against the luxury tax teams have to pay if their team salary exceeds a pre-determined amount set by the league.  The released player becomes a free agent but his salary still gets paid and counts against his former team’s salary cap.  Ironically enough, Allan Houston was not a victim of The Allan Houston Rule.  The Knicks instead decided to waive Jerome Williams.

If the new CBA once again invokes this clause, most teams will probably take advantage since it would save them possibly tens of millions of dollars.  To keep up with the times, we will change the name of this from “The Allan Houston Rule” to the “Rashard Arenas Rule” since Rashard Lewis and Gilbert Arenas easily have the two worst contracts in the league.  Allow me to break down each team and who would end up being the casualties of this rule.  Here is the Atlantic Division.

By: David Kay

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New Jersey Nets Trying to Avoid Repeat of Last Off-Season

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Like we are currently seeing in the NFL, the 2011 NBA off-season is up in the air with a lockout looming.  Free agency could be delayed and completely restructured depending on the new agreement reached by the owners and players.  Still, The Sports Bank will break down all thirty NBA teams over the next six weeks to see what areas they need to address in the off-season.

The New Jersey Nets were hoping to be major players last season, but failed to make a splash in landing a big name free agent.  The team was able to trade for Deron Williams during the season but still have some serious work to do this off-season.

By: David Kay

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It Can’t Get Much Worse for Nets in 2010-2011

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David Kay’s NBA season previews continue in New Jersey.  The Nets failed in their attempt to land a marquee free agent but should certainly be more competitive than their abysmal finish last season.

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NBA Off-Season Losers

Yesterday, I busted out my list of NBA off-season winners.  Today, it is time to call-out the losers who either made terrible off-season decisions or fell short in their attempt to achieve their goals.  This list features a former king and one of the most written about and hated people at The Sports Bank.

By: David Kay
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