They say there's nothing like family; I tend to agree. What if I told you that the Nets could team two of the past decade's best scorers together? What if I told you that these two players would bring entertainment back to the Nets basketball? What if I told you that they were near the end of their careers and could be signed for one-year deals? What if I told you that these two players just happened to be cousins? That's right, I'm talking about the Nets bringing back Vince Carter and (re)pairing him with his third-cousin, Tracy McGrady.
I know what you're thinking: how do you expect to keep Deron Williams around by bringing in two washed-up scorers? I don't. I'm not advocating that the Nets only add Carter and McGrady, but I do believe that the Nets would benefit in many ways from the addition of these two former stars.
Let's face it -- the free-agent pool this off-season is pretty thin. There are several candidates to become "Outlawed" (props to Simmons for that one) and the Nets don't want to make the same mistake twice. The Nets really need to investigate the possibility of acquiring Howard; they have to use their new communication device (Deron Williams) to weigh Dwight's interest in joining Brooklyn's newest franchise. They have to begin to formulate a plan for the future -- which obviously involves retaining Deron Williams -- but that can't include overpaying the likes of Wilson Chandler or Thaddeus Young.
The Nets should resign Kris Humphries, retain Brandan Wright on the cheap, attempt to move either Farmar or Petro's contract (or both), look to buy a couple of first-round picks and remain flexible for the 2012 free-agent pool. We saw what happened to the Detroit Pistons when they blew their load early; the Nets can't make the same mistake. Prudence is a virtue, one that King has to display.
Sure the Nets wouldn't be a championship-contender, but they'd definitely be a playoff-team. They'd certainly provide adequate entertainment and fill the seats. All while leaving the Nets flexible enough to add multiple pieces from 2012's intriguing free-agent pool as they move into Brooklyn.
Obviously, Carter and McGrady don't represent the future, they're just bridging the gap. For now, the Nets need a temporary fix; it's a risk (just like trading for Williams), but one that they need to take.