Brooklyn Nets: Kris Joseph

Rapid Reation: Nets land Pierce and KG

June, 27, 2013
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NEW YORK -- The Brooklyn Nets are going all-in to win the NBA title.

The Nets on Thursday agreed in principle to a blockbuster trade with the Celtics in which they'll receive Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Jason Terry.

The Celtics will receive Kris Humphries, Gerald Wallace, Keith Bogans, MarShon Brooks, Kris Joseph and three first-round picks (2014, 2016, 2018).

The trade can't officially be consummated until July 10, when the annual league-wide moratorium on signings and trades is lifted.

WHAT IT MEANS: The Nets just became one of the most formidable teams in the NBA. Their projected starting lineup has a combined 35 All-Star selections: Garnett (15), Pierce (10), Joe Johnson (6), Deron Williams (3) and Brook Lopez (1). Throw in rookie head coach Jason Kidd, and it's 45. The Miami Heat are still the team to beat in the Eastern Conference, but the Nets just might be able to knock them off.

REMEMBER WHEN: The Nets lost 70 games in 2009-10. They were the laughingstock of the league. But after going through a three-year rebuilding process, they moved to Brooklyn and won 49 games last season. They're even better now, and well-positioned to possibly fulfill owner Mikhail Prokhorov's five-year championship plan in Year 4. Remember when Prokhorov said before the playoffs that the Nets were a player and patience away from being in the company of the upper-echelon teams? Well, they just added two future Hall of Famers.

CITY BRAGGING RIGHTS: The Nets may not have the history and the fan base of the Knicks, but they may be better positioned to win a title. They are now a team full of stars with a star coach on the bench. Prokhorov has to love this. And the Knicks have to hate it.

MONEY, MONEY, MONEY! The Nets' payroll this season is going to be through the roof. Johnson is due $21.5 million in 2013-14; Williams $18.5 million; Lopez $14.7 million; Pierce $15.3 million and Garnett $12.4 million. That's $82.4 million committed to their starting lineup alone! Good thing Prokhorov is a multibillionaire.

LEADERSHIP AND TOUGHNESS: The Nets were lacking in these areas last season. Suffice to say Garnett and Pierce bring them in abundance.

WHAT THEY LOST: Not much in terms of talent. Wallace and Humphries had down years. The future first-round picks might come back to haunt the Nets, but again, they're in win-now mode.

WIN-NOW TIME: Look at these ages: KG (37), Pierce (35), Terry (35), Johnson (31), Williams (29), Lopez (25). The Nets are clearly built to win now. Their window is going to be a short one.

J.J. practices, unsure about Wednesday

April, 2, 2013
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Brooklyn Nets shooting guard Joe Johnson practiced fully Tuesday, but is unsure if he'll play Wednesday night in Cleveland against the Cavaliers.

Johnson (left heel/right quad) has missed the past four games due to injury.

"I know it's a back-to-back, so it's kind of pick what game you want to play, basically," Johnson said. "So we'll see."

The Nets host the Chicago Bulls on Thursday night at Barclays Center. Given that Brooklyn (42-31) is just 1½ games in front of Chicago (40-32) in the Eastern Conference playoff standings, it would seem to make more sense for Johnson to play in that game rather than against Cleveland (22-51).

"It's probably my first time getting up and down with the team in probably a few weeks, so just to get that opportunity felt great," Johnson said of Tuesday's practice. "We're just going to take it easy and see how it feels tomorrow."

Johnson said his heel and quad "both felt great."

"I've done every drill, scrimmaged in practice," he said. "I wasn't limited by no means. Like I said, right now we're going to keep treating it, icing it and see how it feels in the morning."

The Nets have gone 2-2 without Johnson in the lineup.

Gerald Wallace (sore left foot) did not practice Tuesday, while Reggie Evans (rest) went through a limited workout.

The Nets also signed Kris Joseph to a 10-day contract. The 6-foot-7 forward, a former standout at Syracuse, was playing for the Nets' D-League affiliate in Springfield, Mass.

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Brook Lopez
PTS AST STL MIN
20.7 0.9 0.5 31.4
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsK. Garnett 6.6
AssistsD. Williams 6.1
StealsD. Williams 1.5
BlocksB. Lopez 1.8