With the latest rumors of Josh Smith reportedly wanting out of Atlanta, I think right about now would be the best case scenario for the New Jersey Nets to make a serious pursuit of Josh Smith. If the Nets really want to get Dwight Howard's attention that they are for real and are looking to improve dramatically as they head towards Brooklyn, then acquiring his best friend should be all that Dwight would have to see to really convince him to join the Nets in the offseason. Add Deron Williams, who's been the recruitor in this situation, and the Nets should DEFINITELY be Dwight's top choice.
There has also been rumors that the New Orleans Hornets are looking to move Chris Kaman. This guy was one of the top centers in the NBA as a member of the Clippers and under the right guidance, he could revert himself back to the center that he once was. He's also an expiring contract and the Nets certainly have the pieces to land him. He could offer alot more to the Nets than what Mehmet Okur, Johan Petro and Shelden Williams combined could ever offer to the Nets.
I'd like to see the Nets involved in a three-team trade with the Hornets and Hawks. The trade would have the Nets send C Brook Lopez and PF Kris Humphries to the Atlanta Hawks with G Jordan Farmar, C Mehmet Okur and either the Nets OR the Rockets 1st rd pick going to the New Orleans Hornets; The Hawks would send F Josh Smith to the Nets and the Hornets would send C Chris Kaman to the Nets. The Hawks will finally get themselves the center that they've needed and Humphries will not likely block the trade since he will likely have a shot to compete in the playoffs. Humphries could always re-join the Nets in free agency when they go to Brooklyn.
Kaman could be a decent piece for the Nets for the remaining 6+ weeks. Once he's off the books in the summer, the Nets will have an opening at the center spot with Dwight Howard's name on it. All that he would have to do is put his name on the dotted line. Smith will be the Nets temporary PF for the rest of the season and then can be moved to SF in Brooklyn. Hornets will finally have themselves a good backup point guard in Farmar, who can be a good help to Jarrett Jack. Hornets could continue to stack themselves up with more 1st rounders with either the Rockets or Nets pick in what is expected to be a loaded draft in the summer.
Then to top it all, the Nets can add a finishing touch to the roster by trading Anthony Morrow and Damion James to the Timberwolves in exchange for Michael Beasley, who can man the 3 for the Nets. Beasley and Green will give the Nets alot of athleticism at the 3 and D-Will would have field day throwing lobs to both of them as well as J-Smoove. Heck, the Nets could actually make some noise in the stretch run and possibly sneak in the playoffs. If Billy King reads this, I hope that he considers at least one of these trades. What do you guy think? Is it realistic for the Nets to pull this off and get themselves in better shape for not only the rest of the season, but heading to Brooklyn in the fall?