In their first three years in Brooklyn, the Nets famously mortgaged their future for hope in the present. Now, the future is here, and it is angry.
Tuesday, ESPN’s Forecast panel listed the Nets front office — which includes the coach, front office executives, and ownership — as the second-worst in the NBA, ahead of only the New York Knicks. Today the forecast went one step further, listing general manager Billy King and chairman Dmitry Razumov as the worst executive combo among all 30 NBA teams. The forecast gave the two a 2.48 rating out of 10, just below the New York Knicks, who received a 2.70. The San Antonio Spurs sit atop the rankings with a 9.87 rating.
The Nets are currently 29-40 and fighting for a playoff spot in the weak Eastern Conference despite having the league’s highest payroll and most expensive “Big 3” contracts in the NBA. They also only have full control over one of their draft picks in the next four years: their second-round pick this year, which they received from Milwaukee for the rights to Jason Kidd after trading it away years earlier.
The Nets also are not slated to have any salary cap room until the 2016 offseason, and were unable to complete a trade by the February 19th trade deadline for one of their three biggest contracts, who ESPN reported they’d put on the market that past December. The team did complete one trade, sending Kevin Garnett to the Minnesota Timberwolves, where he played the first 12 years of his career, for Thaddeus Young.
Full rankings below.