In a perfect world, the New Jersey Nets would be able to retain the services of Deron Williams and sign both Gerald Wallace and Kris Humphries to long-term contracts.
Williams is New Jersey’s first priority, one that will probably turn up fruitless. However, both Wallace and Humphries are still likely going to want those long-term contracts with lots of zeroes attached to them.
Lopez’s injuries have devalued him as far as delegated money is concerned, but has not devalued his influence on the tide of a game. A healthy Lopez is still highly coveted.
Miami has a lot of use for a healthy Lopez.
Lopez is a very good offensive player, but no one ever speaks that highly of his ability to be a stark defender. Even at 100 percent health, Lopez is not one of the best defenders in the league. Still, his presence makes an impact that fans rarely notice. Devin Kharpertian at Nets Are Burning offers a few statistics that illustrate this very principle:
"Last season, opponents attempted 27.3 shots per game in the restricted area against the Nets. This year, that number jumped to 29.8, and the Nets became worse at defending it by about 2 percent. That’s an extra 3.5 points per game and four points of defensive efficiency given up on field goals at the rim alone."
Couple this with his offensive capabilities and Lopez becomes an instant impact player for Miami at a discounted rate.