With current season an "epic disaster" (as per beat reporter), Nets' Yormark said to be looking to summer 2016
- This season = epic disaster for Nets. Everything that could've gone wrong has indeed gone wrong, all based around trades of years past
- Billy King gave Danny Ferry the right to swap 1st picks in 2015, and the Hawks have the best record in NBA.
- They trade Jason Kidd to the Bucks, and he's a Coach of the Year candidate.
- The Nets gave three first round picks to the Celtics, and the Celtics have a better record. The Nets have nobody from that trade.
- Thus, epic disaster. And not a peep from Mikhail Prokhorov.
- We were all worried about Brook Lopez's foot and Deron Williams ankles. They're healthy and the Nets are still 11 games under .500.
- But don't worry, the Nets are gonna take over New York.
The Nets seem clueless as to why they're playing so poorly, despite knocking off two of the NBA's top teams two games in a row.Indeed, the Nets are worse at home than on the road.
Post beat reporter Tim Bontemps reports:
I had a lengthy conversation with Nets CEO Brett Yormark in which he expanded on his comments at the Sports Business Summit in New York last week that he sees an opportunity for the Nets to take a bigger cut of the city’s basketball fan population given the current struggles of the Knicks.The summer of 2016 is two seasons away. That implies that the 2015-16 season will be a holding pattern.
...On multiple occasions throughout our conversation, Yormark referenced the “summer of 2016” being “big for us.” He was careful not to mention anyone by name, but it is clear Yormark was referring to free agency that summer – when, assuming there is no “smoothing” of the massive influx of television money into the system, the Nets should have in excess of $60 million to chase Kevin Durant, among others.
Update: ESPN's Darren Rovell reports:
Brooklyn Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov has ended his agreement with investment bank Evercore Partners, who he hired to explore a sale of the team, banking sources told ESPN.com on Tuesday.
"Nothing has happened and they've been talking about it (in the media) for a year," Nets CEO Brett Yormark said last week on a panel in Manhattan. "So I'd probably say I don't think anything is going to happen. We have an ownership group that is very committed."