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Nets looking at short term, not building a solid foundation

Mar 16, 2012, 7:28 PM EDT

Billy King AP

The Nets are moving to Brooklyn next season — they wanted to enter the nation’s largest market with a splash. They made a bold trade a year ago to get Deron Williams — giving up a lot of good prospects like Derrick Favors — in hopes they could use him and the looming bright lights of New York to lure in other big names.

Actually, one big name — Dwight Howard.

A Deron and Dwight combo could rival the star power of that other team in New York and would give them a foundation that — with the right other players on the roster — could contend. And contend in that market with the Knicks (sort of, anyway, New York will always be a Knicks town).

But Howard has decided to stay in Orlando for another year. Maybe longer.

And that gave the Nets a second chance at this — start making moves for the long term or keep going with the short-term strategy so they could make a splash in Brooklyn.

They went short term. That may set them back in the long term.

First, Thuyrsday they traded for Gerald Wallace — the slightly injured small forward from Portland. Who can opt out of his contract after the season just like Williams. But a guy who can score and brings defense they sorely need.

The Nets starting five the rest of this season is not bad if healthy — Williams, MarShon Brooks, Wallace, Kris Humphries and Brook Lopez. Who are they going to go after this summer? Kevin Garnett, according to Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated. That would be 36-year-old Kevin Garnett. Who has not been the same player the last couple of years.

Is that going to keep Williams in town? He already said he will opt-out o his deal and test the market. We know that the Mavericks in his hometown of Dallas can offer him a max deal (less than the Nets can offer, but a pretty penny) for him to come and play next to Dirk Nowitzki.

And this is where it gets frustrating — to get Wallace they gave up their first round pick for this season. Here is how Nets GM Billy King explained that one, via Nets Daily (and Tom Ziller):

“This trade was really done to get us a small forward,” King said, “a former All-Star, somebody to give us some great defense, versatility, someone to play hard …” As for protecting the pick only #1 through #3, King said following conversations with their scouts, the team did not see any immediate-impact players beyond their projected top three in next year’s draft.

That is short-term thinking. If you can’t get a player who can help you in a couple years drafting about No. 7 (in what is considered the deepest draft in years), you are doing it wrong. In a few years, when Wallace is somewhere else and that pick the Blazers has is a steady part of their rotation, Nets fans will howl.

Rightfully so.

  1. dmitchell624 - Mar 16, 2012 at 7:35 PM

    The more I read Kurt Helin the less I agree with him.

    • david8726 - Mar 16, 2012 at 8:24 PM

      Are you suggesting that Kurt is wrong, and that the Nets are, in fact, building for the future with their moves?

      heh

      • dmitchell624 - Mar 20, 2012 at 1:35 PM

        Not that. The more I read all the articles Kurt writes the less I want to read his work thats all.

  2. Little Earthquake - Mar 16, 2012 at 7:41 PM

    This is great for me. I live in Brooklyn and hope to get season tickets. I’ll wait til the Fall when they’re desperate. No marquee players = lower demand.

  3. stlducks - Mar 16, 2012 at 7:42 PM

    It’s called spellcheck

    • deadeyedesign23 - Mar 16, 2012 at 8:11 PM

      Yeah Kurt I have your back, but Jesus Christ

  4. newyorkfootballjets - Mar 16, 2012 at 8:14 PM

    Do you really think deron is gonna wait around for this draft pick to develop . Great move by NJ

    • mjagosports511 - Mar 16, 2012 at 8:30 PM

      do you really think Deron is going to stay with a franchise thats going nowhere?? it was Dwight or bust for the Nets..Deron is as good as gone

  5. david8726 - Mar 16, 2012 at 8:28 PM

    They are completely screwed. They were all in on hoping that Howard would come save them, and now that ship has sailed.

    Deron is going to leave for greener pastures and they’re going to probably be left without a pick this year and no good young players other than Lopez.

    It’s a sad situation if you’re a fan of that team.

  6. rajbais - Mar 16, 2012 at 9:32 PM

    Fire King!!!! Fire King!!!! Fire King!!!! Fire King!!!!

  7. 28loose - Mar 16, 2012 at 9:54 PM

    I like Helin’s analysis but I hate his writing style. Try and make it look like it was written by a professional journalist and less like a freshman college student who hasn’t completed his necessary English and writing classes.

  8. trickybastard - Mar 16, 2012 at 10:02 PM

    I have criticized in the past but Kurt is exactly dead on with this article.

  9. 00maltliquor - Mar 16, 2012 at 10:23 PM

    Wow, Billy King is an idiot. NJ/BK franchise gots problems for sure.

  10. dirtyjerseysports - Mar 16, 2012 at 10:52 PM

    Funny thing is D. Will is actually doing exactly what he said and exactly what the Nets want him to do. If he signs an opt out clause ala Howard he loses roughly 25 mill. The Nets want to take D. Will at his word and have him resign for the max so they will have him for longer with a more secure deal. Howard by signing that contract basically signed off on him leaving the Magic. Otherwise he would of just opted out July 1st and signed the extension earning him an additional 24.5 mill.

    • drunkenjunk - Mar 17, 2012 at 3:16 AM

      Yea but the Nets don’t want him to leave in free agency. There is no way he wants to stay.

  11. nightrain42 - Mar 17, 2012 at 12:41 AM

    Shld hve traded for Pau and a pick.

  12. redstar504 - Mar 17, 2012 at 1:31 AM

    Whenever I think of Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov all I see is the Russian guy from the Direct TV commercials:

    Especially considering how he flat out gambled big on D-Will and lost.

  13. moseskkim - Mar 17, 2012 at 2:32 AM

    Nets put all their eggs in one basket. What the heck are they doing? D Howard is like a million piece puzzle and Otis smith is horrible. One sure thing the nets had was Lopez, humps, brooks, high draft pick. Dwill is an enigma. Trade him for something! Don’t let him walk! Dont trade for crash if he can walk after this season! Nets are losing all their assets. Orlando is messed up too. Lopez, brooks, high pick should be enough. Can definitely rebuild with that but nooo let’s deal with this bullcrap again. I dont get those two franchises. Should be like the Lakers who throw trash away and pick up sessions/jhill.

  14. chiadam - Mar 17, 2012 at 8:32 AM

    Of course the Nets have no idea what they’re doing. Billy King is running the show. What else do you need to know?

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