The Nets entered the free-agency frenzy in the summer of 2010 with a new owner in Mikhail Prokhorov, a new head coach in Avery Johnson and big plans for their future in Brooklyn.
There was just one problem: They still had to spend two more years in New Jersey.
So despite meeting with many of the stars who hit free agency that summer, including LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, the Nets emerged from those meetings empty-handed.
"It was hard to see where they were [heading] at the time," said James before his 20-point, 12-rebound, eight-assist effort helped the Heat beat the Nets 103-73 Wednesday night. "It was great to talk to their owner, and talk to Coach Johnson.
"I had a great meeting with those guys, but ultimately we all know where I landed at. I'm happy I'm here, and it's working out for them, as well."
James and Wade, of course, teamed up with Chris Bosh and headed to south Florida, where they have reached two straight NBA Finals and won the championship last season. The Nets, meanwhile, eventually landed their face of the franchise when they traded for Deron Williams late in the 2010-11 season, and spent over $300 million this summer to overhaul their roster as they prepared to move to Brooklyn.
After hearing Prokhorov and the rest of the Nets' contingent speak about their plans for the future, Wade wasn't surprised to see the once-moribund franchise undergo such an overhaul.
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