The Nets are a team facing more questions than answers in the off-season. After acquiring Gerald Wallace from Portland at the trade deadline in exchange for two expiring contracts and a 2012 draft pick, the big question remains as to what Deron Williams will actually do in free agency.
The Nets are also continuing to stockpile expiring contracts to their roster for either keeping the salary owed relatively low and/or having assets ready to make a splashy move via free agency.
Acquiring Wallace does not really endure much, since Wallace could be wearing another uniform next season. Wallace is a great athlete who could do well next to Williams but it is hard to say at this point in the season.
After not being able to acquire Dwight Howard from Orlando at the deadline (while Howard decided to opt-in so he could be a member of the Magic until next year’s trade deadline), what will Deron Williams opt to do?
The two realistic options are that Williams could opt out and sign with any team he chooses, leaving the Nets with nothing as they prepare to make a move to Brooklyn. Or would Williams suddenly decide to opt-in and then make a decision at some point during the 2012-13 NBA season on what his future plans are?
The Nets have lost six of seven games since the trade deadline and are not expected to compete for a playoff berth in the Eastern Conference as the season winds down.
It appears as if Williams will have to do more of the work in order to keep the Nets competitive on a nightly basis. The Nets should look into adding pieces that will make them more competitive and will keep Williams open to re-signing.
They will need to make some major roster changes if they want to be a successful team going into Brooklyn next season.
It will be interesting to what happens to Williams and how do the Nets start their new era in Brooklyn.