[caption id="attachment_17276" align="aligncenter" width="490"] Ryan Hurst / Posterizes.com[/caption] If any team were entering the "win now mode" it would be the Brooklyn Nets. But aside from that blockbuster trade right before the start of free agency New York's other basketball team also made some nice smaller moves to flesh out their roster over the last two weeks. Their biggest move this offseason was obviously the blockbuster trade. Picking up Celtics legends Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce as well as guard Jason Terry, the Nets had to give up Gerald Wallace, Kris Joseph, Marshon Brooks, Kris Humphries and three first-round picks in future drafts (2014, 2016, 2018). A king's ransom for two of Boston's princes. The reasons for the move were obvious for the Celtics: They get to fully enter rebuilding mode, clearing up cap space and acquiring draft picks. For the Nets it was equally obvious: They want to go deep into the playoffs, and were willing to pay to do it. There's no doubt the move will make them a better team on paper. Pierce and Garnett are undeniable stars. But how all the stars and egos -- led by a rookie coach only slightly older than his new veterans -- eventually mesh into a championship team is anybody's guess. As SB Nation's staff writer David Roth puts it: "The Nets have a strange and probably doomed plan -- Make A Splash™ and stockpile stars and trusted winners and just let it happen." Something is certainly going to happen. It'll either somehow click and the Nets will become the ultra-competitive team they are on paper, or it'll blow up in their face and be a complete waste of money. Either way it'll be incredibly entertaining. That "slightly older" coach, Jason Kidd, spoke about the Net's expectations on Friday and ultimately, talking about the Heat: "They put that team together to try to win championships, and they've had a lot of success. So if you want to compete with them, you've got to have the horses. And I think we have that." He's right of course, that's how Miami won their championships, they went out and got the talent. Obviously it's not as simple as that (see: Los Angeles Lakers 2012-13) but it's a start. All that said, we shouldn't judge the Nets' offseason based solely on this one massive move. They did sign terrific small forward Andrei Kirilenko cheap to a two-year, $6 million deal. He reportedly picked the Nets because he wanted to go to a competitive team and is a very nice pickup. Not only does he provide terrific bench depth for the Nets, he's able to easily replace either Pierce or Garnett in an instant should either of them have their age and wear get the better of them during the season. A cheap insurance policy for the Nets. Before Kirilenko, Brookyln had also re-signed Andray Blatche to a one-year, $1.4 million contract. The Nets are actually benefiting from his soured relationship with the Wizards, who are still paying for amnestying him (reportedly $7 million this year). Again, it's hard to fault the Nets for this one, Blatche is not only extremely cheap but also had one of his best seasons in 2012-13. Finally the Nets also signed point guard Shaun Livingston to replace C.J. Watson. He's another cheap signing (veterans minimum) who is coming off a strong year. These are all nice, small moves, the kind you do when quietly building a contender. Except the Nets made their intentions blatantly obvious from the get-go. The Nets seemed to of had the best of both worlds this offseason. They had their blockbuster moves with the Celtics trade, but also made some smart small signings to fill out the roster. It's a strange turn of events, but the team managed to be both bombastic and frugal (I guess, because they had to) in their offseason dealings. Starting fresh with a new coach but going with the aged veterans to take them all the way. Now the question has to be asked: Have the Nets done enough to compete with the Heat -- or Pacers, or Knicks for that matter -- or will they once again get knocked out in the first round of the playoffs? Did the Nets get stronger? Absolutely. They improved on the two positions they were weakest at (small forward and power forward) with the Celtics trade and added terrific depth to their bench with Jason Terry, Kirilenko and Livingston. But again, this is all on paper. How the team plays together, wins and loses together will ultimately be up to the new head coach. Perhaps after all of our talk of the Nets' big and little moves in free agency, whether or not they compete with the Heat in 2013-14 will truly come down to how well Jason Kidd rallies his troops. He has his superteam, if he can point them in the right direction, and keep all those egos in check, then yes, the Nets definitely can compete with the Heat this coming season. But that's a big "if". UPDATE: Corrected Nets-Celtics deal, Brooklyn kept Reggie Evans and moved MarShon Brooks instead.