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Without them, New Jersey has a spot alongside the 1988-89 Miami Heat and 1999 Los Angeles Clippers as the worst ever to start an NBA season. Kidd, who led the Nets to their greatest NBA success, will be on hand Wednesday to take part in the potential record-setting loss when the Dallas Mavericks visit.
The trades gave Nets management what it wants: plenty of salary cap space for the loaded class of 2010, a chance to immediately upgrade the team into a contender by the time it hopes to make its long-planned and much-delayed move to Brooklyn.
Owner Bruce Ratner has a deal to sell 80 percent of the team to Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov, a sale that is expected to be voted on by fellow owners by the end of next month.
Assuming it's approved, with Prokhorov's cash and the lure of a potential new arena in a few years, the Nets have reason to think they can entice LeBron James or another superstar available next summer. With Harris already an All-Star and second-year center Brook Lopez looking like a future one, New Jersey already has two building blocks in place.
But the Nets almost no chance of being competitive now.
So the Nets are asking their diminishing fan base in New Jersey to have patience, even as they finally lost theirs with Frank.
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