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At 'Melo Drama's End, Nets Fans Face Uncertainty, Disappointment Again

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It will be a day or two before the Nets new framework will be unveiled. Of all the scenarios being discussed, some look more likely than others. But in the final balance, the Nets and their owner lost out again on the big scenario, grabbing a superstar, just as they did this summer with LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, Rudy Gay and Carlos Boozer.

It will be hard to recover...again, and with only days left to deal, the Nets are unlikely to get a good deal on two players who should have value, but in the final analysis, don't.

The Devin Harris scenarios are all uncertain at best. Looking less likely was the most promising: a three team deal sending the Nets captain to Dallas, two Nets first rounders to Denver; and two former Knicks, Timofey Mozgov and Raymond Felton, plus a Dallas first rounder to the Nets. Denver GM Masai Ujiri says it's not happening although the Nets will push him. ESPN calls it a "long shot". There's also a proposal that would send Harris to Atlanta and Jamal Crawford to New Jersey and then one that would package Harris and Troy Murphy to Portland for Andre Miller, Joel Przybilla and possibly Rudy Fernandez or a first round pick. Murphy might also be sent back to Golden State, along with a second rounder, for Brandan Wright and Dan Gadzuric, a thoroughly underwhelming deal.

What do the Nets still have at the end of the day --until they use their picks-- that they wouldn't have had if the ' Melo Drama had ended well...or earlier? Derrick Favors, who they still like but admit they're not completely sold on; five first rounders and four second rounders in the next three drafts, including five total in 2012, supposedly a great draft; Anthony Morrow, Jordan Farmar, Kris Humphries, Damion James, and Ben Uzoh, all trade pieces in one scenario or another.

Is any of that enough to get things moving in the right direction? Not yet. It's a long road back from 12-70.