Grantland’s Bill Simmons gave his annual report on the worst contracts in the NBA Friday, and the Nets have four of them:
22. Kris Humphries (two years, $24 million)
17. Deron Williams (five years, $98 million)
3. Gerald Wallace (four years, $40 million)
1. Joe Johnson (four years , $89 million)
Simmons doesn’t mind the Humphries deal as much because it expires next season. But he killed the Nets for investing so much long-term money in Williams, Wallace and Johnson, who will be making a combined $56 million in 2015-16 when they’ll all be past their primes.
Such is the price you pay for relevancy. The Nets may never win the championship with this roster, but they look like they’re going to make the playoffs this season. Remember, this franchise has not qualified for the postseason since 2007.
Long-term, maybe the Nets would’ve been better off letting Williams walk and not trading for Wallace and Johnson. But in the short-term, they fill their arena every night and are in the conversation, which is what they wanted.
Whether or not they can win the title within owner Mikhail Prokhorov’s five-year window turned three, however, remains to be seen.
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