As the final season comes to an end in New Jersey. The Nets face many questions as the franchise moves into a new era of basketball in Brooklyn. Here are the TWO most likely ways the Nets can improve their roster for the 2012-13 NBA season.
1. If Deron Williams stays with the Nets.
The Nets will have D-Will at the point. Marshon Brooks at the two guard spot & Gerard Wallace playing at the small forward position. This will give the Nets a good core of players to start with for Avery Johnson . Now, the interesting part of this scenario is what to do about the remaining two spots on the court. The Nets will have to decide if they should spend their money on this year’s class of free agents.
I say re-sign Kris Humphries to a two-year deal at around 9 million. If Hump can’t be signed. The Nets should go after Orlando’s sharpshooter Ryan Anderson. Now, I think the Nets also should re-sign Brook Lopez to a 1-yr deal. Centers like Roy Hibbert & Chris Kaman will be available but their asking prices will be too much for the Nets to absorb. So, getting Lopez back for another season will give the Nets a chance to offer him in trades & it also gives the Nets another player who’s familiar with the team’s system.
2. If Deron Williams doesn’t sign with the Nets.
With no D-Will on the roster the Nets will have tons of money to go after this year’s class of free agents. I believe the Nets should go after a point guard like Ray Felton, Leandro Barbosa or Kirk Hinrich. All three guards are capable of providing quality play along with Brooks & Wallace.
In this case, I think it’s more important for the Nets to re-sign Humphries & Lopez. The two big guys will add a form of stability for the new players on the team. Also, both can be signed to short-term deals that will give the Nets cap flexibility.
I frankly believe that this year’s class of free agents aren’t the worth the Nets going on an unnecessary spending spree. I think the Nets should cautiously place their money into players who will have an instant impact, trade value & cap friendly contracts. This strategy will give the Nets the best opportunity to get out of the Atlantic Division cellar next season.
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Written by Mark Cook