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Re-Sign Deron Williams
We already know that it's down to Brooklyn and Dallas. And I've already given you all the reasons why Deron will (and probably should) re-sign with the Nets. But that can't make Mikhail Prokhorov, Jay-Z and the Nets ownership consortium sleep any better at night.
Until Deron accepts Brooklyn's offer, the fate of the team's opening night hangs in the balance.
Don't Do Anything Desperate
You know, desperate as in giving Gerald Wallace $40 million when he would have taken $10 million less, bringing in a guy who shot 45.1 percent in Spain or taking Joe Johnson's nauseating contract off the Hawks' hands.
Yeah, that "OMG, we might not get Dwight Howard...WHO IS GOING TO BE ON OUR BILLBOARD?!?" panic.
I know it's easy to pontificate from the outside about not panicking, but that's a hypothetical combined $130 million for Johnson and Wallace. Let me say that again. One-hundred-thirty million minted United State dollar bills for Joe Johnson and Gerald Wallace.
If that's the plan, they might as well set fire to the Barclays Center, collect the insurance money and go back to Newark.
If You Can Get Valuable Assets for Brook Lopez, Do It
Here's something I previously wrote about Lopez's impending free agency:
Can I interest anyone in a 24-year-old legitimate 7-footer who averages 17.4 points per game while shooting over 50 percent from the field and nearly 80 percent from the charity stripe?
What about one who was averaging 3.6 rebounds per game in a season where he missed 61 games due to chronic ankle issues? Or one whose -0.18 Wins Produced ranked him 373rd in his last full season?
Well, if you want the first guy, you're going to have to deal paying Brook Lopez the $12 million to $14 million per season he'll be commanding in the open market.
If I'm a Nets fan, my absolute worst case scenario is missing out on Dwight Howard, panicking and giving Lopez the max.
If I'm Nets general manager Billy King, I'm on the phone with every center-needy team in the league and trying to work a sign-and-trade. And if Lopez is on the Nets' opening night roster, you know something has gone horribly, horribly awry.