DECISION: Brooklyn Nets acquired Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce

Cohen’s Analysis: As long as Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov doesn’t mind all the punitive luxury tax penalties and the organization understands this is a short-term experiment, it was a brilliant decision for Brooklyn to add two future Hall of Famers like KG and Pierce. It was especially a valuable move because they didn’t have to surrender anything spectacular to get them.

With a starting lineup featuring KG, Pierce, Deron Williams, Joe Johnson and Brook Lopez, I expect the Nets to be the Heat’s main challenger in the Eastern Conference this season.