The Dwight circus has already begun but I honestly dont think this is a make or break for the Nets future..
With the new CBA shaking out, I honestly think you are going to see more player movement than we have grown accustom to. Perhaps moreso than ever before in the history of the NBA. Teams will be left with a new platform to work off of that most likely will not fit the current situation. This should be a benefit to teams with cash of which, we are finally one!!! Yes, a hard cap could come in to play but I think it is hard to discount the benefit that any league has when large city teams are relevant. It would be hard to strip them of a desire to spend above the norm completely ( I could be wrong, but I doubt it -CB)..
My feeling is that, the player(s) the Nets add to become a contender will come from a list of those that are barely spoken about. If you want to win a championship you need players that rise to the occassion. So far, I see a guy like Josh Smith fitting that mold. He is not enough but I see the Nets finding their next stud or two in trades.
Although I have been a critic of BLopez (with very good reason) I still acknowledge that the kid as a gift to score the basketball. I still believe he'll elevate his game to be able to do it in the 4th quarter (at least I hope!) but as of today, if a team needs to shut him down...he's shut down. I think he'll get the mental toughness to get through that. Thats all it is really, is mental toughness to take what is not easily given. His skill set is there, he just has a cream puff head right now. If he rises up in 11-12', the Nets are going to take a major step forward.
Im not into the Iggy's, OJ's, T.Youngs, etc. of the world. I see very little benefit to these players joining the Nets. We need guys who can create their own shots, get to the line, hit open J's with consistency...I Dont think T. Young fills that roll. Iggy needs the ball in his hands at the top of the key and I dont see that fitting with Deron's game, and OJ is a product of the hype machine, not solid play (although he has stepped up in the playoffs which I am shocked to see - but still, is he a game changer in any significant way?)
All in all, I think the Nets are going to strike this year, not wait until 2012. I think they will trade for players that they can feel good about having on the team now but also offer flexibility (either to trade next year if they can land the "big one" or guys with favorable contracts that can be traded - most likely the former if the Nets are thinking big now).
I know these posts usually list a bunch of potenial "future Nets" . The message I am leaving is simply, start looking where no one else is. It seemed to work pretty well at the deadline.