In case you weren’t glued to the TV watching ESPN’s coverage of the NBA draft last night (which we get), you may have woken up to some big news: the Nets made a huge trade. They imported future Hall of Famers Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett from the Celtics, and all it took was some spare parts. Great trade, guys! Oh wait, also three first-round draft picks. A a long-suffering Knicks fan, I can tell you this trade is bad, because I know it from experience. Welcome to your Isiah Thomas era, Nets fans! Gosh, teams just grow up to make godawful decisions so fast.
For those that don’t know, the Isiah Thomas-era in Knicks history was marked by this exact kind of wishful thinking. “We’ll mortgage the future because this trade will work out exactly how it would in a video game,” went the logic of doing things like trading draft picks for bust Eddy Curry and useful role player Trevor Ariza for washed up Steve Francis. The real-life results were always terrible. And even better, a lack of draft picks and being caught above the salary cap meant the Knicks couldn’t easily change their roster.
And let’s see. The Nets traded three future draft picks for two older players on the decline who are making a ton of money, in the hope they don’t get injured and they gel with the rest of the team. Under a rookie head coach. And a megalomaniacal owner with unrealistic championship aspirations. But hey, your team traded for star power, and they won the back page! Still, without a championship this year, the Nets are gonna sink low enough to allow us to buy lower-level bowl seats at the
LIBOR Barclays Center for $10 by 2016.