How Good Would This Nets Team Still Be With Their Core Together?

Anthony TasteContributor IJanuary 13, 2010

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - APRIL 28:  Vince Carter #15 of the New Jersey Nets celebrates his game-tying shot at the buzzer with teammate Richard Jefferson #24 at the end of the first overtime against the Miami Heat in Game three of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2005 NBA Playoffs at Continental Airline Arena on April 28, 2005 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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Jason Kidd wanted to be traded and they got a solid deal for him so would they still have a solid roster. Not too bad getting Devin Harris in return.

Vince Carter had just resigned with the Nets,and Richard Jefferson said he wanted to stay a Net for his career.

that Jefferson for Yi and Simmons trade was astrocious, and that VC trade didn't do much for them either so far.

starting 5 would be

PG Devin Harris

SG Vince Carter

SF Richard Jefferson

PF Ryan Anderson

C Brook Lopez

In a weak Eastern Conference had the Nets kept this roster I believe they are a 46-36 team finishing 4th in the Eastern Conference. Instead they are chasing infamy at a woeful 3-34. The Nets would still be a solid team had they kept this core. Jefferson is not too old, Carter can still light it up, Brook Lopez looks extraordinary, and Ryan Anderson has come along well. The Nets would still be a player or 2 away from being a contender in the East and we'd still be excited to watch a team of solid players play. Yes they have cap space for 2010 but with the type of season they had not many free agents may want to wear a Nets uniform this season. Nets may have given up on the core too early and lost out on having a really good team still. This team would at least be very interesting to watch and may be as good talent wise as many teams in the NBA. Instead we are caught watching one of the worst teams we’ve ever seen in this league.