Brooklyn Awakens From Dwightmare, Finds Roster Nearly Complete

ORLANDO, FL - APRIL 21: Dwight Howard #12 of the Orlando Magic bows his head during the National Anthem before taking on the Charlotte Bobcats in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2010 NBA Playoffs at Amway Arena on April 21, 2010 in Orlando, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)

It was the biggest one-day haul in Nets history. Seven players with contracts totaling $305 signed or acquired; 12 players moved in one direction or the other, along with two draft picks. The big Nets gave up on the big one, Dwight Howard (for the third and maybe not the last time), and lost a fan favorite as much to the CBA as the Pacers.

In the heart-pounding aftermath of the Dwightmare, the Nets now have nine players under contract and seem to be moving on first with a power forward, looking seriously at Antawn Jamison and maybe Kenyon Martin.

There will be other decisions as well, but maybe it's best to take a look first at what's been accomplished. Brook Lopez gets a chance to show where he stands amid the game's centers and Joe Johnson gets one to prove he shouldn't be defined by his contract but by his game once again.

Jerry Stackhouse's addition is hardly strategic, but it's emblematic. The 17-year vet sees an opportunity for the Nets now he didn't in the past. ""I think it’s a team that went from the bottom and has a chance to go to the top really fast," Stackhouse said.

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