Depending on where you place yourself along the risk spectrum, trading Devin Harris, Derrick Favors and two picks, one of whom turned into Enes Kanter, for Deron Williams was a great deal...one you had to make, or a something that should keep you up all night.
Two things this week put that decision in bold relief: Williams' decision to opt out of his contract, even if predictable because of CBA restraints, and the reality that the Nets have signaled to everyone: Nene is their top free agent target and thus a crucial piece in showing the team's resolve to build a winner...now.
Hardwood Paroxysm takes a look at the risk and how well Nene, a great offensive threat but an average rebounder and defender, would fit with Brook Lopez, who has performed similarly in both categories. Not such a big deal, writes Conor Hutchton. What will happen in the next two weeks will only "determine the course of the franchise for the next 5-10 years".
A Leap Of Free Agency Faith: The Nets And Nene - Connor Hutchton - Hardwood Paroxsym