A fellow Nets fan told me about a friend (non-Nets fan) who asked him to put himself in King's position, if Pat Riley and Micky Arison called him and offered LeBron James for Brook Lopez and Deron Williams (remember, this is completely hypothetical) would he accept or decline? Obviously, there are two ways to look at this and I think the more intriguing one is in a vacuum. Let's pretend that the Nets didn't have to worry about signing Williams to an extension and that Brook Lopez's contract is not in its last year -- as it will be next year -- let's also assume that a Williams & Lopez for LeBron swap would work financially. This means that the Nets are not facing the risk of DWill leaving them empty-handed, he's locked down for the next five seasons and you still have the prospect of creating a package around Brook to trade for Dwight -- obviously, the best-case is to just acquire Dwight in free-agency and that's still possible so keep that in mind when answering -- which would result in the Nets having arguably the best point-guard and center in the league. There are a lot of factors to consider in this hypothetical situation, as I said I think it's a more intriguing proposition if the contract of Williams and Lopez aren't factored in, but if you feel uncomfortable operating under that assumption then feel free to break it down with Deron's contract up in the air.
So -- what would you do? You're Billy King, you hear you phone vibrating and you look up and see Pat Riley's name; you pick up and Riley -- sounding a bit frustrated and uneasy -- asks about the prospect of trading LeBron James for Brook and Deron. What do you say? Do you take the best player in the NBA while giving away arguably the NBA's best point-guard and a young, promising center? Or are you more comfortable keeping Deron around, possibly swinging Lopez around for Howard or just adding Dwight in free-agency?
I say "yes" as soon I can process the Riley's proposition and offer to call the league office to submit the deal. LeBron James is undoubtably the best player in the NBA and he's still only 26. It hurts to trade Deron, but we're talking about LeBron here. Then you can almost guarantee that Dwight will opt to sign with the Nets in 2012 with the team still having room to sign some key role-players. You open up Barclays with a team centered around LeBron and Dwight and you have a dynasty for the next six-to-eight seasons.
I think it's a really interesting question, but to me the answer is easy. Try to remain objective in your thought-process, even if you hate LeBron you should know how dominant of a player he is, don't let your emotions cloud your judgement.