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King: Now's the time to win it

Nets general manager Billy King speaks to the

Nets general manager Billy King speaks to the media in 2007, when he was GM of the Philadelphia 76ers. (Sept. 28, 2007) (Credit: AP)

DURHAM, N.C. -- When he finished retooling the Nets' roster over the summer, Billy King said he thought his team had a roughly two-year window to win a title with Kevin Garnett & Co. on board.

In a sense, that glass has been pried open and King wants the Nets to climb through it immediately.

"Now, this is the window. This season," the Nets general manager said Wednesday on the second day of camp at Duke. "We’re going to see what we can do with this season, and then we’ll see what next season brings, in my mind, because we have certain guys under conract in that period. But now that we’re within this season, this is the now."

King's offseason coup has the Nets considered among those teams with the potential to knock off the two-time defending champion Heat. By landing Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Jason Terry and Andrei Kirilenko, he's transformed the Nets into a contender.

But even he's a bit amazed he was able to reel them all in.

"I didn't envision that I'd get Garnett," King said. "You never set out to, at the end of last season, I never said, 'Okay, I'm going to get Garnett, Pierce, Jason Terry.' You have ideas of guys you'd like to get and as things unfold, you don't know what other teams are going to do. You have thoughts of what they may do, but no, I didn't think that with the collective bargaining that I'd end up with this roster and we're going to have the payroll that we are.

"It wasn't our goal to come out and have a payroll of $185 million. It wasn't our goal. Our goal was to put the best team possible on the floor and the tools in that situation that we had allowed us to get there. We're fortunate to have an owner that gave us the backing to do this."

While he's focused on the immediate months ahead, King admitted he has his eyes on the future as well, particularly in two seasons when they'll get some payroll relief as it stands now.

"I mean that’s my job, though, to look ahead," he said. "I always look at three years out, and I’ve always done that. You look at three years out, where you may be, cap-wise, tax-wise, who may be free agents. That’s the best way to look at it -- a three-year run."

Tags: Billy King , Kevin Garnett , Paul Pierce , Jason Terry , Andrei Kirilenko , preseason , Duke University

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