NEW YORK – On November 20, Sean Marks said the Brooklyn Nets will not “mortgage the future”. The CEO did not say James Harden’s name, nor did the reporter who asked the question, but neither needed to. Harden wanted to be in Brooklyn, and the Houston Rockets wanted established talent as well as several first-round picks in any deal.
Marks spoke of the Nets dilemma in general terms: in weighing the pros and cons of any trade, not just those that involve a star player, you need to consider the present and the future. “I think we want to build something sustainable here,” he said. “It’s not something that is a fleeting moment.” Marks didn’t want to put them in place for a rebuild in a few years and strip them of the assets needed to do so. He also wanted to enjoy the moment.
If Marks was the GM of another team, it wouldn’t have been more …
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