I have read several posts that expound on the virtues of a lost season for the Nets. I think we are forgetting some key factors that a lost season would mean. First if the owners force a lost season then we can agree they are in this for blood. I think this will mean the following:
- Semi- Hard Cap with huge payouts for exceeding the cap.
- Franchise Tag
- Age Limit
That would be great for Ratty but for our guy it doesn't help. We can now spend with the best of them without conscience. Now we would be forced to play ball closer to the vest. Yes we would still have more money than most but I think an open system such as we have now benefits our team.
This would go either two ways. First we can keep DWill. But that puts us out of any other star players coming to NJ including D Howard. I also believe this Franchise tag will come with a limited use. So I don't think you will have more than one every number of years. Brook would be a sitting duck with a smaller cap number. So we either over pay for him or let him go.
This is my biggest fear of a lost season. I think the players union is smart. You protect people outside of the union last. This is a powerful bargaining chip. They can fight either point above. So the Stern and the owners get a 3 year rule instead of the one year rule. Take a look at the future Juniors on Draftexpress 2012 draft list. John Henson would be the first available.
I don't think this lost season will help us at all. We need momentum moving into a new arena. Uncertainty with a hurt fan base because of a lost season isn't how we want to take this league by storm. The first day of basketball would focus more on that instead of the Basketball Wonder of the World.