Next season was supposed to be the coming out party for the Brooklyn Nets. Instead, Brooklyn won 42 games this year, returned to the playoffs for the first time since 2015 and lost a hard-fought first-round playoff series to the Philadelphia 76ers.
How will Brooklyn build off this surprising season? With three draft picks in the top 31 and cap flexibility in free agency, the Nets could rise even further in the East hierarchy.
Now eliminated from the postseason, let's look ahead to the free agency, draft and trade decisions facing Brooklyn this offseason.