2012 NBA Trade Deadline: Players Who May Be in Their Final Games with the Nets
As the trade deadline approaches, the New Jersey Nets may have to make some moves for all different reasons.
The Nets are "down but not out" of the Eastern Conference playoff picture. A trade to bring in another quality player could help give them a push to contend to get into the postseason.
If the Nets want to try and convince Deron Williams to re-sign with them long-term, they will most likely have to bring in some more talent.
However if they feel they can't keep Williams, they may start cleaning house and get some pieces to help rebuild.
Here is a look at some players that could be playing their last games in a Nets uniform.
Jordan Farmar has proven that he can be a solid point guard. He has been one of the best backup point guards in the league and could start for some teams. His former team, the Lakers, could use him right now to run the point.
Farmar is shooting 48 percent from three-point range and his game improves with the more playing time he gets. Farmar is making somewhere near $4 million and the Nets could try to get rid of that contract to make more cap space.
Farmar also could be involved in a deal for Dwight Howard.
Anthony Morrow is a pure shooter. He is not going to be a star player but can score in bunches, especially from behind the arc. Morrow lost his starting shooting guard position to rookie MarShon Brooks and has struggled with consistency all season.
Morrow also makes about $4 million a year and could be involved for a trade to get a player like O.J. Mayo, Stephen Jackson or even Dwight Howard.
All season, the trade talks have surrounded Dwight Howard. At one point, it seemed as if Howard was going to be a New Jersey Net before this season.
Any trade between the Magic and Nets that will bring Howard to the Nets will include Brook Lopez. Up until the trade deadline, Howard to the Nets talks will continue. That means it is still possible that Lopez could be dealt before the deadline.
Kris Humphries has emerged as a quality big man that will do the dirty work. He also has proven that he can score.
While fighting for playing time and then becoming a starter last season, Humphries averaged 10 points and 10.4 rebounds a game. This season, he has averaged 13.6 points and 10.5 rebounds per game.
Playing this well usually comes with a large contract. Humphries is making $8 million this season and could be looking for a long-term deal worth more money in the future. The Nets may need to ship Humphries in order to clear up cap space to bring in Dwight Howard or other stars.
If Humphries' future contract is too rich for the Nets blood, they could look to ship him to a playoff contender at the trade deadline.