Apr 8, 2012; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Nets coach Avery Johnson and guard Deron Williams (8) during overtime at the Prudential Center against the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Nets won the game 122-118 in overtime Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-US PRESSWIRE
Assuming the proposed Nets-Magic deal goes through, the Nets would be left with a veteran roster with depth at point guard but uncertainty at power forward and center with as many as four vacancies likely filled by players toiling for the minimum. Only two players would remain from last year's roster and one from last year's training camp.
Barring changes in the proposed line-up of players and teams -- a big assumption -- the Nets would come out of the trade with 10 players, in order of salary: Dwight Howard, Joe Johnson, Deron Williams, Gerald Wallace, Jason Richardson, Chris Duhon, Mirza Teletovic, Reggie Evans, Earl Clark and Tyshawn Taylor. Gerald Green's situation remains unresolved.
That's a line-up with three point guards (Williams, Duhon, Taylor) but no back-up center; two highly capable wings (Wallace and Richardson) but one true shooting guard (Johnson); three power forwards, none of whom are proven NBA starters (Teletovic, Evans and Clark); two rookies (Teletovic and Taylor) and two players on minimum deals (Clark and Taylor). That's one reason why the Nets summer league which resumes Tuesday at 5 p.m. vs Boston, is so important for players like Toko Shengelia, Adam Morrison, Al Thornton and Jeff Foote.