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Kevin Garnett Wouldn't Help the Brooklyn Nets Enough to Be Contenders

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 28: Kevin Garnett #5 of the Boston Celtics reacts following their overtime win against the New York Knicks during Game Four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals of the 2013 NBA Playoffs on April 28, 2013 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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Brian MaziqueCorrespondent IIIJune 26, 2013

Kevin Garnett would be an excellent addition to almost any team, but he isn't the cure for what ails the Brooklyn Nets. Stefan Bondy of The New York Daily News reports that Nets' general manager Billy King has inquired about the availability of the Boston Celtics' star and future Hall of Famer.

At 37 years old, Garnett proved he is still capable of performing at a high level. He averaged 14.8 points and 7.8 rebounds in 68 games of action during the 2012-13 season. Those numbers are solid on their own, and it doesn't reflect the defensive presence and leadership Garnett brings to any team he's a part of.

His qualities clearly make him an attractive asset, but bringing in Garnett means taking on the remaining two years and $24,443,735 on his contract, per Spotrac.com.

The Nets already have $89,549,044 committed to roster players in salary for next season, per Hoops Hype. Even though the Nets would have to send players to Boston to make the deal work financially, the team would remain well into the luxury tax with even more pressure to win.

Would a Deron Williams, Brook Lopez and Garnett charged lineup be enough to handle the Miami Heat, Indiana Pacers and Chicago Bulls? It seems doubtful considering the team couldn't knock off a severely short-handed Bulls team in the first round of this past season's playoffs.

Obviously Garnett wasn't there, but neither was Derrick Rose nor Luol Deng (for parts of the series) for the Bulls. It's hard to see Garnett making that much difference with the Nets' bottom line.

The team's biggest deficiency is its lack of consistent outside shooting. Brooklyn struggled to make enough three-point shots to spread the floor for Williams or Lopez. The Nets ranked 17th in the NBA in three-point accuracy at 35 percent during the regular season.

In the playoffs—with the Bulls packing the paint on defense—the Nets made just 31 percent of their shots. If King and the rest of the Nets' brass are looking for a way to compete with the elite teams in the Eastern Conference, perimeter shooting should be their primary focus.

A veteran presence like Garnett would help but not at over $12 million per year. The team has bigger fish to fry—especially at that price.

 

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