With the NBA's rosters largely set and with only a month to go before camp opens, the Nets have changed radically and their standing among the league's clubs reflect that.
Here, by the numbers, are where the Nets, once the oldest, most experienced --and most expensive club-- stand, compared to the rest of the league, according to various sources, but primarily Basketball Insiders and Hispanos NBA..
--The Nets now rank 28th in salary at $76,948,637, ahead of only the 76ers at $70,341,137 and the Nuggets at $76,719,0765. The Nets had the NBA biggest payroll three years ago, paying out $90.57 million in luxury taxes, likely to remain the record for years.
--In terms of cap space, the Nets are now third, with $17,194, 363, just behind the 76ers at $23,801,863 and the Nuggets at $17,423,935. This is the first time since the team moved to Brooklyn that they have any cap space. This number is likely to change at the deadline. Nineteen teams are over the salary cap and three are over the luxury tax threshold.
--Average salary is $3.9 million, second lowest in the NBA, behind only the 76ers.
--Brook Lopez, at No. 25, is the only Nets player in the 50 highest paid NBA players. He's paid $21,165,675. The Grizzlies have three. That's quite the change from 2013, when the Nets were the first NBA team to start five players making more than $12 million a year.
--The Nets are now the 13th oldest club in the NBA, with an average age of 25.6 for 18 players, the 15 guaranteed deals and the three partials. If the Nets had succeeded with their offer sheets to Allen Crabbe and Tyler Johnson, both 24, and not signed Randy Foye, 32, and Greivis Vasquez, 29, they would have been considerably younger.
--Brooklyn now ranks fourth in average length of contract remaining, behind only the Warriors, Hawks and Clippers. Other than players on rookie deals --four-- the Nets don't have a single player with contract extending beyond 2017-18. The Nets have seven players with contracts that are either one year, an expiring deal or a two-year deal with a team option.
--As we've noted, the Nets probably have the largest NBA basketball staff, with the only competition behind the Detroit Pistons. They've added almost 30 new staffers, which no doubt is the most added by an NBA team this off-season.
Bottom line: The Nets have great flexibility to add to their biggest continuing deficit: fewest first and second round draft picks, with one first round pick through 2019 (which will likely be swapped) and one (heavily protected) second rounder through 2021.