I was reading everybodys posts here and most feel the Nets are doomed and Billy King did a bad job. I feel he's doing a great job and we can't jugde him until next season starts and who will be on this team might surprise most. I can't get caught up in all this "negativity" yet until this Dwight thing is over and it's not over by far and I believe the Nets WILL open next season with it's "stars". I would like to add what N.IrelandNetsFan and Mopotta have already said here on this site with my blog below, thx.
Now after the dust has settled most Net fans are trying to regroup and figure out which way the team is heading now. Some think rebuild while others want a competitive team now but all are trying to figure out a way to keep Deron Williams from leaving. We all agreed that getting another "star player" here we all but seal Deron fate and keep him here long term. Nets GM Billy King felt and I believe still feels the same way. Remember Deron had a "competitive" team in Utah and still wanted out so being just "competitive" might not be the best way to keep him here. Deron wants winning or should I say the ability to win a championship with the team he's on. So again this is why BK, Deron and the rest of the Nets Nation went along with the idea of "Dwight or Bust" or "Plan A". With this reasoning I still believe Dwight will be here before next season starts and here is why.........
Lets rewind and go over what happen this season. First off Dwight over the summer mentions to reporters that he would love to play with 5 players, two of them Nets. Then rumors swirled and Dwight "asks" to be traded to three teams and one of them is our beloved Nets. Soon after the Nets become his top choice. Orlando's GM Otis Smith and Billy King strike a deal, a three team deal with Portland, that would send Lopez, Wallace and picks for Dwight and Turk. That trade was accepted by BK, Otis Smith, Fagen and even Dwight himself but not Orlando's ownership. Where was Dwight's loyalty then? So the season begins and Dwight stays stead-fast about leaving. He goes through the whole year, taking heat from fans, management, media and even his own mother who he dismissed (saying that's her opinion) while saying the same three words to everybody who asked "Nothing Has Changed". There was no flip-flopping, just a man who had the whole world trying to pull him one way or the other but he stayed true. Now 3/4 of the season gone and his team is in third place while our beloved Nets fall to the bottom of the eastern conference. Trade deadline is nearing and Dwight wants to finish the year with Orlando because he feels they have a decent shot at doing some damaged in the playoffs knowing if he goes to the Nets the playoffs are history. Dwight tells management he wants to stay the year and "roll the dice" with him. He thinks he could maybe win but wants he freedom after the season saying that Orlando will be on his 'list" after the season and maybe be even on the top (which we all can agree was good lip service). Orlando management doesn't go for it knowing that Dwight, like Shaq before him, could leave without getting anything back after the season so they play hardball. They said to him it's either you waive your out clause for 1 year or your traded. Otis Smith needs some protection if he lets Howard stay for the remainder of the season. Now it's the day before the deadline and things start heating up. Again rumors swirled and Dwight says to his teammates his opting in only to have him and his agent to call Otis Smith and tell them that they ARE opting out of his contract (woj reported). So even the day before the deadline he still wanted his freedom after the season. Rumors swirl again about the Nets and Orlando close to a deal and maybe even striking a deal that was even better then the one earlier in the year that included Lopez, Wallace and picks (I believe Alex Kennedy). We can all assume that maybe MarShon Brooks was included to that offer as well. Then something happened soon after that, Dwight decides to call a blogger (around 1:30) and tell him he's opting in and he's loyalty(did it just happen in 1hr?) to the Magic but doesn't sign the 5yr max-extension but only waives his opt-out clause for 1 year. So only a few hours after he called Orlando's front office to tell them he was leaving he decided to have a "change of heart" and stay but only for 1 more year leaving tons of money of the table. As every expert on this matter have said that it makes no sense to opt-in for 1 year. No man, even Dwight, goes through hell all season, says one thing all season to change his mind last possible second when he was fine with leaving Orlando earlier in the year plus the Nets were willing to make a trade for him at the deadline(instead of holding onto all their assets) so why can't they make the same trade in the offseason. It's not like Howard would of made "this" team a championship team overnight plus it's all about Brooklyn anyway. Now onto the Nets who were suppose to go to "Plan B". You know, another star player who can come along and play with D-Will (like the trade we did last year when we lost out on Melo). We have Lopez, Brooks, Bogo, Morrow, Hump, top picks, cap space and a creative GM so we have plenty to get something else major done. What does Billy King do, he brings in a "piece" to "Plan A" which is one Gerald Wallace. He's a good player but not the type of player that going to keep Deron here or a player you build around. Why you ask, well my reasoning is that he locks up the "package" for Dwight and Billy King doesn't need a third team now in the offseason. Some will say "wouldn't Orlando want the pick instead?", the answer to that is NO. They have made it clear from the beginning is that if they trade Dwight they don't want to go into a "rebuild" mode but want to stay competitive. Getting Lopez, Wallace, Brooks and probably some other picks will let the Magic do that and still have the ability to shed some bad contracts also (Turk/Duhon with Nets cap space). Now to the press conference where the player "resigning" is usually happy, joyful and talks about his future there. Dwight did none, look down and never mentioned anything past this season. Talked loyalty but seem nervous saying it. Blames 'bad advice" led him to this but never fires the person who gave him that advice. Even yesterday he came out and said that Fagen is still his agent (after saying he texted Deron a few times..hmmm). Agents are fired all the time over lesser things then this which makes me believe he still needs Fagen.
This is no conspiracy theory, just using common sense and logic. When things don't add up (being an engineer) then something is wrong. It makes sense for Dwight to come here after this season. Dwight has said time and time again that he needs help or another star player(Deron). He'll make tons more money here with endorsements(Adidas to name one) and he can be the big fish in the big pond(Brooklyn). Think about it, everybody wins here, Dwight get his cake and eats it too by staying in the playoffs for the year then going to Brooklyn and getting his max contract with Deron. Orlando gets to keep Dwight for their playoff run, maybe a long one which will make them more money and probably get the best possible "package" back for Dwight and of course the Nets get their second star player in Dwight to open their new arena with Deron. They all (Dwight, Dwight's family, SVG, Otis, BK, fans) will not want to go through what they went through this season again. So after this season when Orlando gets knocked out in the 2nd round and right before the draft who will see a trade between the Nets and Orlando (and no BK, Otis and Dwight are not getting kicked out of the league as some mentioned if this happens). Plus don't be surprised when AK comes back and plays with Deron and Dwight next season. It's happening.