King believes Nets ready to compete this year.
Brooklyn Nets general manager Billy King has insisted that the franchise will be aiming for an NBA championship this season after a busy summer of overseeing some high profile arrivals.
While Deron Williams and Brook Lopez remain, the Nets brought in Jason Kidd as their new head coach while the likes of Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Jason Terry arrived from the Boston Celtics.
Having risked spending close to $200m on payroll and luxury tax penalties for a single season in order to win an NBA championship, King admitted as much on Wednesday when he revealed that the franchise are thinking about the next two seasons for now.
“Now, this is the window — this season,” the Nets’ general manager said according to ESPN New York.
“We’re going to see what we can do with this season, and then we’ll see what next season brings.”
Considering the general age of their roster, King’s objective would appear to make sense and ultimately the Nets must produce immediately on the investment this summer.
However, it is undoubtedly a lot of pressure on the shoulders of Kidd and his players to deliver, and he will have to manage his rotation well in order to factor in a potentially gruelling post-season considering the competition in the Eastern Conference.
Nevertheless, it is an exciting time in Brooklyn and their lofty ambitions have certainly created a buzz around the Barclays Center prior to the new season.
Questions still remain over their quality in depth on the bench, but King has now made it clear that if they are to have a chance of bringing home an NBA title, then this must be the season in which it happens.