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Friday, July 18, 2014
Would this Nets deal have been a winner?

By Mike Mazzeo

What do you think of this “deal”?

Nets trade: Jason Kidd, Paul Pierce, Shaun Livingston
Nets receive: Lionel Hollins, Bojan Bogdanovic, Jarrett Jack, Sergey Karasev

Would you have considered it at the start of the offseason?

Obviously, the Nets did not make the trade above. But when you look at it, they basically did.

Out are Kidd, Pierce and Livingston. In are Hollins, Bogdanovic, Jack and Karasev.

On paper, it looks like the Nets got an upgrade at coach and a downgrade in personnel.

The games will have to be played, of course, to determine whether that is actually the case.

Early on, the Nets looked like a disaster last season. But then they got their act together, figured out who they were as a team, and began to thrive. Kidd, Pierce and Livingston all played a huge part in that. Kidd became a better coach with experience, Pierce’s leadership proved to be invaluable and Livingston was such a pivotal part of Brooklyn’s turnaround. It would’ve been nice if they all came back next season, with their system and identity already in place. But Kidd made his failed power play, and that was that.

Nevertheless, maybe Hollins will have an impact similar to a Steve Clifford or a Tom Thibodeau. Maybe Jack will revert back to being the dominant point guard he was in New Orleans and Golden State. Maybe Bogdanovic will live up to the hype.

We’ll just have to wait and see before determining whether this has all worked out in the end.

Question: How would you have viewed this “trade”? Let us know in the comments section below.