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The summer of 1976 saw the ABA-NBA merger finally take place. As part of the merger agreement, four teams from the ABAthe Nets, Nuggets, Pacers and San Antonio Spursjoined the NBA. The Nets and Nuggets had actually applied to join the NBA in 1975, but were turned away. Prior to their first NBA season, the Nets traded two draft picks to the Kansas City Kings for guard Nate Archibald. The Nets appeared to be poised to pick up where they left off in the ABA.

However, they got a rude surprise when the NBA forced them to pay $4.8 million to the Knicks for “invading” the Knicks’ NBA territory. Coming on the heels of the $3 million that the team had to pay for joining the NBA, this left Boe short of cash, and he was forced to renege on a promised pay raise for Erving. Erving refused to play for the Nets under these conditions, leaving Boe no choice but to sell Erving to the Philadelphia 76ers for $3 million. Without Erving, the Nets wrote off the season as a lost cause. However, they lost all semblance of respectability when Archibald broke his foot in January. The team finished at 2260, the worst record in the league. The team did set one record of sorts; in February 1977, they became the first NBA team ever to have an all-left-handed starting lineup, with Tim Bassett, Al Skinner, Bubbles Hawkins, Dave Wohl, and Kim Hughes.

Prior to the 197778 season, Boe moved the franchise back to New Jersey, renaming the team the New Jersey Nets. While the team awaited the completion of a new arena at the Meadowlands Sports Complex, they played four seasons at the Rutgers Athletic Center on the Kilmer Campus of Rutgers University in Piscataway, NJ. In 1978, Boe sold the team to a group of seven local businessmen who became known as the “Secaucus Seven”. The first four years in New Jersey were disappointing, as the Nets suffered through four consecutive losing seasons. The Nets have always been considered the JV team of the Northeast and at no time have New Jersey Nets tickets been of major interest. The consistent lack luster seasons have paved a sour road for the New Jersey faithful.