Time is going by so fast and before you know it, 2012 will be here. The Nets have really been through alot in the past 3+ seasons and they are viewed upon by many as laughingstock. If the Nets really want to change other people's perspective on them, then they need to make some BIG moves heading towards Brooklyn. With the Melo rumors appearing to be dead (for now, anyway), the Nets need to go to "Plan B" before the trade deadline comes. One move that they need to make is for Gerald Wallace. He is the type of player that would fit well in Avery's system especially since Avery appears to be a defensive-minded coach. Not to mention, he brings a good and consistent offensive game that the Nets have been lacking at Small Forward all season long.
The Nets wants to get rid of Murphy and Murphy wants out of New Jersey. The Nets could offer a package that involves Troy Murphy, Travis Outlaw (yes, him) and Stephen Graham PLUS 2 future draft picks in exchange for Gerald Wallace, Boris Diaw and Sherron Collins. In this deal, both teams will each be given 2 expiring contracts. The Nets will have themselves a LEGIT small forward that they've lacked since Richard Jefferson's trade a couple of years ago. While the Bobcats may or may not have to deal with Outlaw and his contract, they will be getting 2 future draft picks in return which will help them to rebuild for the future. Every Nets fan, myself included, would LOVE to find any way to get rid of Outlaw's contract even if we have to sacrifice a couple of promising draft picks for the future. If the Nets do get the Bobcats to take Outlaw's contract, they better not make a horrible signing like that ever again.
Next, the Nets should focus on Deron Williams. With Sloan no longer head coach, expect the Jazz to drop in the West which will probably frustrate D-Will to the point that he'll want to get traded. That's when the Nets should come in, but not until sometime next season. If they do make a trade for him, they can offer a package where Devin Harris is the centerpiece. That way, both teams will each have what they want and need. If that happens, the lineup would then look like this: B. Lopez, D. Favors, G. Wallace, A. Morrow and D. Williams. On paper, that lineup looks good enough to make a little noise in the playoffs.
Finally, there is the BIG year where the Nets will be packing their bags and headed to their NEW home in Brooklyn, NY. Not only that, but 2012 is scheduled to be another good year where some of the top free agents will be available. The Nets won't really need to make a move that year, but it all will depend on how well Brook Lopez is performing. If he's back to being somewhere near the Lopez who was averaging close to 20 PPG, 9 RPG and 2.0 BPG, then the Nets should keep him for the long term. If he continues to be this season's version of himself heading into Brooklyn, then that's when the Nets need to persuade Dwight Howard to help christen their new home in Brooklyn by joining them. If that happen, the new lineup could look something like this: D. Howard, D. Favors, G. Wallace, A. Morrow and D. Williams. With that lineup, we could care less if Carmelo Anthony and Chris Paul wants to join Amare Stoudemire in New York with the Knicks. The Nets would be just as good, if not better, than whatever the Knicks lineup would look like.
Bets believe that the Nets would be a championship caliber team if they had that projected lineup in Brooklyn. By that time, the Lakers, Spurs and Celtics will pretty much be dead while teams like the Nets, Heat and others will be high in rankings for the future. If there's a way to make this happen before we head into Brooklyn, then Prokhorov and his troops NEED to get this done. Go Nets!!