By the time free agency starts, the New Jersey Nets will have already transformed into the Brooklyn Nets. New Jersey will be in their rearview along with the hockey arena they currently play in, and in their sights will be their own custom built $1 billion Barclays Center.
The move and their new digs are supposed to give the new Nets the means to do what the New Jersey Nets have failed to accomplish, lure a big-name player to their team in free agency.
Although the Dwight Howard deal fell through, the New Jersey Nets never had one of the league's best players actually wanting to come to play for the Nets.
Howard and his agent Dan Fegan recognized the money that would come from endorsements in Brooklyn—and the potential of teaming up with one of the league's best point guard's, Deron Williams—and wanted to take advantage of it.
But then something weird happened, Howard suddenly changed his mind.
Even without Howard on the roster, times are changing for the Brooklyn version of the Nets.
While a Howard trade may be revisited, general manager Billy King must look to add through free agency as well.
After this season, only Anthony Morrow, Johan Petro, Jordan Williams and MarShon Brooks will be under contract.
Gerald Wallace and Jordan Farmar both have player options.
Two of the biggest-name players in this year's free agency includes two players currently on the Nets roster: Deron Williams and Brook Lopez.
Assuming Wallace and Farmar opt-in, and assuming Williams re-signs for the max, while Lopez re-signs at around $8 million per year, the Nets will have $13 million to go shopping.
If Williams, Wallace and Farmar decide to go, the Nets will have $48.75 million to spend.
Here are potential targets that should be on the Nets' shopping list.