The Nets' Risk Factor ... and Nene

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".

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