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Nets’ King, Johnson: Team Can Be Contender In East, But Needs More To Win NBA Title

Avery Johnson, Billy King (credit: Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

Avery Johnson, Billy King (credit: Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) — Re-signing point guard Deron Williams and acquiring shooting guard Joe Johnson have given the Brooklyn Nets an All-Star backcourt that can get the franchise back to the playoffs in its first season in Brooklyn.

LISTEN: Joe and Evan with Deron Williams and Billy King

Speaking at a news conference on Friday, general manager Billy King and coach Avery Johnson said that the Nets can be one of the top teams in the East, but they need a few more pieces to compete for an NBA Title.

The Nets, who saw a deal for Dwight Howard fall through earlier this week, have reshaped their woeful team since missing the playoffs for the fifth straight season.

They re-signed small forward Gerald Wallace and center Brook Lopez, in addition to signing veteran Jerry Stackhouse on a one-year deal. They also acquired forward Reggie Evans and are attempting to work out a deal with power forward Kris Humphries.

If the Nets don’t make another move this offseason, where do you predict they will finish in the Eastern Conference standings? Sound off with your thoughts and comments in the section below…

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