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The Nets could have brought high-flying Gerald Green back at a fraction of the cost.
Last season the Nets acquired MarShon Brooks, who was originally a first-round pick of the Boston Celtics in the NBA Draft. Brooks got off to a great start, but then was injured.
In an effort to find an adequate replacement for Brooks, the Nets turned to another former Celtics first-round pick.
Gerald Green was the 18th pick in the 2005 NBA Draft. The Celtics grabbed him right out of high school. Green displayed jaw-dropping athleticism, but was too young to attain consistency in the NBA.
Green was eventually dealt away from Boston, he bounced around the league, went overseas, and was playing in the D-League last season when the Nets came calling.
Nearly seven years after he was a first round draft pick, Green was finally able to play, and play well on a consistent basis in the NBA.
That left the Nets with two potential options at shooting guard for the 2012-2013 NBA season.
As the Nets work to pursue Dwight Howard, Brooks' name continually is included as part of any deal for him.
Losing Brooks wouldn't leave the Nets without a shooting guard. They could re-sign Green who is a free agent.
Signing Green to a long term contract would cost money and carry some risk, but not nearly as much money as the Nets are spending on Johnson.
Green's numbers are not as good as Johnson's, but the difference in production could be negated by the money saved, and the fact that at 26-years-old, Green's best days could be in his future, as opposed to his past.