In an ideal world, the Nets would develop their young players, make the playoffs...and have $18 million in cap space to once again make a run at top free agents. That could change, of course, if a top player becomes available at the trade deadline or before.
So who'll be out there? The headliner, if he passes on Denver's $65 million offer, is Carmelo Anthony, but there are others. Yao Ming, Tony Parker and Andrei Kirilenko, who has given Mikhail Prokhorov advice on the NBA, will be available.
Art Garcia of NBA.com looks forward not just to 2011, but to 2012 when the Nets will be moving to Brooklyn and have to figure out what to pay their own Brook Lopez. He will command big bucks.