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The Nets are very excited to make their problems worse in free agency

Nov 27, 2011, 12:54 PM EDT


Here’s the best part about all the games lost and money squandered and damage done to the game in this lockout. All the attempts to curb spending are going to end with a free agency class getting considerably more than it deserves. It has some stars in it, but the best options are either facing issues due to age, injury, or inconsistency. And your first bidder is in.

New Jersey Nets, come on down!

From the New York Post:

The players the Nets likely will pursue have been out there: Nene, Tayshaun Prince, Jamal Crawford. Then there is always the sign-and-trade route, which seems more feasible again as the new deal apparently will allow for immediate sign-and-trades like in the past.

via Nets ready to get to work on Williams, ‘going home soon’.

So a 29-year-old above-average center when you already have Brook Lopez is your best option, followed by a nearly-32-year-old small forward coming out of the worst chemistry disaster since Isiah’s Knicks and a 31-year-old pure shooter with limited defensive ability. These are the guys you’re targeting to try and convince the third best free agent in 2012 to re-sign with your team.

It’s like they looked at Travis Outlaw and said “Man, we need more of that!” The Nets cleared cap space last summer, struck out on the big names, and then turned around and gave out money to free agents who weren’t worth it. They also had some bad luck, but the reality is that they gave up a King’s ransom to get Deron Williams, and they seem to fail to understand how to build a team that Williams would want to compete with. Tayshaun Prince isn’t going to be the answer. Neither is Crawford or Nene. Making a big offer to Aaron Afflalo in restricted free agency, trying to pull in Glen Davis for a smaller deal, even adding Wilson Chandler as a secondary scorer would be a better option. If they sign Nene to a huge deal, where does that leave them for the chase for Dwight Howard?

Ah, the NBA is back, in all its hilarious, nonsensical ways


  1. elcomandanteenjefe - Nov 27, 2011 at 1:12 PM

    Not a Nets fan, but would love to see DWill and Dwight in Brooklyn… these guys would tear apart the league with the pick and roll.

    • darealrandolph - Nov 27, 2011 at 2:18 PM

      agree this comin for a knicks fan would love to see dwight and dwill in brooklyn

  2. jmclarkent - Nov 27, 2011 at 1:28 PM

    I think Nene and Brook can potentially work together; if you are going to go with Lopez you will definitely need a physical presence at the 4 (or move Nene to the 5 and have Brook play a “soft man’s” “Duncan” PF).

    • marcusvrbastos - Nov 28, 2011 at 1:09 PM

      I agree. And this combo can face Dwight “The Superman” Howard.

  3. rreducla1 - Nov 27, 2011 at 1:33 PM

    I think the purpose of adding Nene would probably be to have both him and Lopez as bait to GET Howard.

    Also, as an aside, Afflalo spells his name “Arron”–an uncommon spelling.

  4. darealrandolph - Nov 27, 2011 at 2:22 PM

    ur right nets wanna use brook lopez and nene as a trade bait for dwight howard
    but dont kno y they want tayshun prince i rather sign wilson chandler b4 tayshun or jamal

    • brooklynbulls - Nov 27, 2011 at 3:03 PM

      Whats going to be interesting are the denver three trying to work their way out of China early with an “injury” or some other make believe “out”. Chandler might be stuck until March . The same with JR Smith who the Bulls covet as long as he doesnt wreck the chemistry.

  5. denverdude7 - Nov 27, 2011 at 3:22 PM

    Can’t we just do another lockout?

    One that lasts say, oh, maybe 5 years or so?

    It was so nice not having these egomaniacal rejects shoved in my face every time I watched ESPN that I got spoiled and don’t want it to end.

    Can you tell I am really looking forward to seeing LeBron’s face plastered all over everything? I think I just threw up in my mouth a little.

    • stadix093 - Nov 27, 2011 at 3:54 PM

      You can always watch oxygen, since you are obviously a woman.

    • themanchine - Nov 27, 2011 at 4:41 PM

      Yet here you are devoting your time and energy to the very thing you claim to despise: the NBA. Fool, if you don’t like it stop paying attention. I’m sure LeBron isn’t currently holding a gun to your head.

    • closetnerd77 - Nov 28, 2011 at 9:27 AM

      Lebron is self absorbed yes…but he’s not the only reason for watching NBA games.
      the Oxygen jab was pretty good.

  6. smoakhill - Nov 27, 2011 at 5:28 PM

    I pretty much discredited your entire post the moment you wrote the words “From the NY Post”.
    Notice the article doesn’t mention any sources. Notice the article vaguely uses the terms “likely will pursue” and “have been out there”.

    Out there. Out where?
    Likely will pursue. Says who?

    Matt Moore? Rumor whore.

  7. rajbais - Nov 27, 2011 at 8:24 PM

    So much for that whole Jay-Z thing!!!!

  8. closetnerd77 - Nov 28, 2011 at 9:24 AM

    Okay well now is the time for owners not to over pay players with that said.
    They can get Nene at a reasonable price.
    Nene is a tough big man that Brook Lopez will never be…sure he can score buckets, but I’ve seen the guy get posted up by smaller forwards in the post…he has a scorers mentality with no desire to play defense. I’ve seen that guy stay away from a foul when his team is down 20 with mins to go on the 4th just so he can rack up his stats some more.
    New Jersey…you are f(*&%ing up.

  9. robertjamis - Nov 28, 2011 at 10:13 AM

    This is one of those silly speculative columns where lazy local writers speculate, and Matt Moore has fallen for the bait. But let’s assume it’s true…

    The Nets would be replacing Stephen Graham, Travis Outlol, Sasha Vujacic, and Kris Humphries with Tayshaun Prince, Jamal Crawford, and Nene, and this is a bad thing? Ok.

    I’m not saying I like any of those guys, or a combination of them. I think Nene is a guy you acquire if you’re a playoff pretender trying to jump to the next level. Nene is a fit in Portland, or some place like that. The Nets would do better hoping Lopez rebounds from his poor showing last season. But saying this would make their problems worse is a huge stretch. It showcases a total lack of appreciation for how bad a majority of the Nets roster was last season.

  10. robertjamis - Nov 28, 2011 at 10:20 AM

    Crawford makes no sense. You have Morrow and Marshon Brooks. Brooks is a Crawford/Nick Young type on the cheap. Morrow is a better shooter than Crawford. Farmar is an equivalent ballhog. All are considerably cheaper.

    I could see the Nets acquiring Chandler. Lopez has range out to 20 feet. Nene as well, although I wouldn’t love it.

    They know they need to upgrade their defense, and so I see them being more interested in Kirilenko/Chandler/Nene/Prince types.

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