Right now, the Brooklyn Nets are in basketball Siberia. The Nets have won 41 games over the last two years and three head coaches in the last four years. No one in the right mind would willingly come to Brooklyn to play basketball because the way the franchise is transitioning and handling its salary cap.
The Nets reportedly acquired D’Angelo Russell and Timofey Mozgov from the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday. Adding Mozgov is just another body to fill in for Brook Lopez. Russell is the key prize here. But he’s entering a different world.
Russell is not going to some place where a team is ready to win now. The Nets are still at least two years a way from even competing for a playoff spot really. Russell is entering another franchise that is in the middle of a rebuild, the same way he entered the Lakers.
The new air will be great for Russell. He won’t be surrounded by people trying to rehash old times or try to bring back “showtime.” He gets a fresh start, undoubtedly probably not the team he wanted to be with.
Hats off to Brooklyn for starting somewhere. The future is being built and Russell is now the foundation.