The Nets and owner Mikhail Prokorov continue to prove that money is no object in their quest to compete in the short term, as they acquired veterans Kevin Garnett, Paul Piece and Jason Terry in a mid-summer trade with the Celtics. The team added depth at nearly every position, signing swingman Andrei Kirilenko and selecting Duke's Mason Plumlee with the 22nd overall pick in the draft. While Brooklyn took on considerable salary this summer (nearly $45 million over the cap), they were able to trade Gerald Wallace's atrocious contract and ink Kirilenko to a two-year deal at a vastly discounted rate ($3.1 million per season).
Given the team's high-profile additions and Big Apple spotlight, all eyes will be on the Nets and newly minted head coach Jason Kidd from the season's onset. Expectations are higher than ever, and the strong mix of veterans and elite players in their prime should yield a top-five seed in the top-heavy Eastern Conference. A
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