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A couple of months of Gerald Wallace for a lottery pick? That might be the case for the Brooklyn Nets.
Beginning with the 2012-13 season, the New Jersey Nets are now the Brooklyn Nets. They'll be playing in the new state-of-the-art Barclays Center in downtown Brooklyn.
Still no word on if the team playing is going to be worth watching.
As of now, the Nets are a team coming off a 22-44 season. Their best player, point guard Deron Williams, is an unrestricted free agent. The player they thought they were getting last March at the NBA Trade Deadline, Dwight Howard, is still in Orlando.
If you're under the impression that the Nets can just rebuild through the draft, the team also is without a first-round draft pick.
The player who is the cause of the Nets lack of a first-round pick is Gerald Wallace. He was obtained in a deal at the trade deadline. The Nets dealt their 2012 first-round pick with one caveat—if the pick was in the top three, then Brooklyn would get to keep it.
It wasn't, so now it's gone.
Worse still, Wallace could be gone as well. Wallace has a one-year player option for next year, but he's expected to opt-out and become an unrestricted free agent. The Nets have expressed a desire to re-sign him, but there's no assurance that will happen.
It's conceivable that the Nets will start the 2012-13 season with no Deron Williams, no Dwight Howard, no Gerald Wallace and no Kris Humphries. That's not a start to a season, that's an end to one.