Taurean Prince
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Brooklyn Nets small forward Taurean Prince realizes what it’s time to consider when you look at this new squad.

The Brooklyn Nets made a cannonball-sized splash in free agency this summer.

They went out and signed superstars Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving to four-year deals worth $161 million and $141 million, respectively. They then signed center DeAndre Jordan to a four-year, $40 million deal.

The Nets also traded Allen Crabbe and their 2019 first-round pick for small forward Taurean Prince—and a second-round pick in 2021. Last year for the Atlanta Hawks, Prince averaged 13.5 points, 3.6 rebounds and 2.1 assists on 44.1% shooting through 55 games.

The new-look Nets have high expectations and Prince knows what time it is in Brooklyn.

“Now it’s championship talk,” Prince said on Sunday at Brooklyn’s Summer League game, per Ian Begley of SNY. “That’s all you’ve got to think about, It’s what we’ve got to work toward. We’ve got to do exactly what we’ve got to do to get there. Whether it’s with Kevin Durant or without him, and then next year even with him, it’s same talk.”

The Nets were a playoff team last year, ultimately losing in the second round to the Philadelphia 76ers. However, for years to come, they could be top contenders in the East.

Irving, Prince, Jordan, and the rest of the Nets will have to run the show for the 2019-2020 season. Durant will be out all of next season with a ruptured Achilles. He sustained the injury in a Game 5 loss in the NBA Finals this past season while still a member of the Golden State Warriors.

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Ryan Honey is a staff writer and host of the Wide Right Podcast.