I don't like reading how a Net like Jordan Farmar - who has been a consistent contributor, reliable point guard, class act, and solid player all season - is potentially on the block for an expiring contract. I consider this to be really disappointing and to represent a flawed mindset that has been part of the Nets organization - and the sports community - for many years.
I get it. If we can get Dwight, the whole roster should be blown up to accomplish that goal. Fine. If we need to shed some "bad contracts" to attain Dwight, OK. What I don't like, however, is the unnecessary jettisoning of a loyal team player like Jordan Farmar who WANTS TO BE HERE, potentially in a deal that will harm getting Dwight more than help it. (Remember the pick is also included). Farmar wants to be a Net. I have so much respect for Jordan because he left a Championship Lakers squad to come to the Nets, who were arguably the worst team in NBA history the previous season. Unlike many of the players, coaches, and owners in the league who continuously disrespect and underestimate our team, Farmar takes pride in his Nets uniform.
The trading of Richard Jefferson is an example of the exact same skewed logic. No one loved the Nets more than RJ. He said many times how he wanted to retire here. He even expressed an interest in possibly coming back, despite the absolute horrendous trade the Nets made to get rid of him. Yi's horrible play and Andrew Bynum like softness will haunt my dreams for all eternity. RJ was another guy who wanted to be here who could have had a positive role on our roster but who was gotten rid of before his time.
I am in favor of seeing how the Dwight saga plays out and then picking up the pieces once the dust settles. I realize that sometimes you need to trade loyal guys in order to get a better player or do something in the best interest of the long term development of the team. Look at what happened with LeBron though. Look at what happened with CP3. Look at what happened with Melo, and look at what is happening with Dwight. Loyalty is something that is very hard to come by in this league. Quite frankly, I think players like Jordan Farmar have exhibited far more loyalty than even the likes of Deron Williams.
Hopefully by the end of the week or at the conclusion of free agency, Dwight Howard is in a Nets uniform. But if he is not and if D-Will leaves, the sun will rise again and the Nets will still be in a very hopeful position, with a brand new arena and a still very rich owner. However, if that fateful day comes and there is no Dwight and D-Will has moved on to greener pastures, I think we should make an effort to build a Nets culture based on loyalty. We should model ourselves after Oklahoma City, not Miami. The Thunder are comprised of players who were home-grown, who want to be there, and who are loyal to the team that made them who they are. Durant and Westbrook did not even think twice when it came to signing extensions. That loyalty speaks volumes. As an organization, I'd like to see the Nets make an effort to hang onto the players who want to be here.