A payroll of more than $91 million, and a record of 19-28 was not a foreseeable combination in Billy King’s eyes. The Nets have been shopping their “big three,” but according to Jason Butt of CBS Sports, they haven’t been “aggressively” trying to ship them out of Brooklyn.
Billy King has some hope, even if it may be false, that this team will be able to put things together and be able to make a push in the playoffs. Via Newsday:
“Are we aggressively shopping our guys? No,” King said. “Have we had a lot of conversations with people? Yes. But that’s part of the job. I’d say more now we are not making phone calls; phone calls are coming in and we are evaluating things.”
“But right now I want to see this group play. I still have confidence in the group that they can still get the job done, get us in the playoffs.”
If King doesn’t want to involve himself in some big trade talks, then it’s unclear how he really expects this team to get better after this season. The Nets don’t have many draft picks and they’re just spending loads of money on aging players that won’t be able to carry this team to the promised land. At this rate, King may be fired before the Nets could even pull the trigger on a trade.