Despite the elation over the Nets three draft picks --and the signing of undrafted Cliff Alexander-- Stefan Bondy thinks the next big steps by the Nets, bringing back Brook Lopez and Thaddeus Young, are not going to excite anyone. Despite the impending outlay of $108 million for the two frontcourt mates, he predicts mediocrity and basketball boredom.
In his top ten predictions for free agency, he writes...
Are you psyched up yet about the Brook Lopez era? Can you feel the excitement of rip moves, ball-stopping halfcourt sets and zero fastbreak points? It’s coming to Brooklyn as the main attraction because Lopez will sign a max contract this summer, fragile right foot and all. The Nets will also re-sign Thaddeus Young at a hefty price and, if they fail to deal either Joe Johnson or Deron Williams, enter the season with a payroll in the vicinity of $100 million. That’s a lot of money for 40 wins. Which is also why we predict GM Billy King will find a different home for Johnson’s massive contract this summer.
Of course, it's early and the first off-season moves --coming away from Draft Night with two 19-year-olds and two 20-year-olds-- were big surprises. No four-year players need apply. So we wait.
- S. Bondy: Ten things to look for in NBA free agency - Stefan Bondy - New York Daily News