Looking at the Nets' record (4-42), some would say that the addition of LeBron James via free agency is a mere impossibility. But not me.
I am willing to make the very bold statement that LeBron James could very possibly be a Net in 2010.
You're probably thinking to yourself: "How could that be possible?" Well, a few things would have to happen.
What the Nets need to do to get LeBron:
1. Move to Newark (the current home of the Devils at the brand new Prudential Center) or ensure that the Atlantic Yards Project (and the eventual move to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn) is underway.
2. Draft a tempting counterpart for "The King" such as John Wall.
3. Have Jay-Z work a little magic.
The first is probably the most important, but all three have to be accomplished. LeBron isn't going to want to play in front of a crowd of 5,000 unhappy fans in the Izod Center in East Rutherford, NJ (though I'm sure he'd be able to attract a few more fans than the number they are getting now).
LeBron loves a big crowd. He loves going on the road and showcasing his talent. He doesn't want to sign with a team that plays in the most run-down arena in the league.
Assuming that the Nets do get the first pick in the draft (and they will have the best odds in the lottery because they aren't going to magically start winning games), they will most likely draft John Wall. At this point, with a legitimate point guard (one who can pass the ball... not just shoot), Devin Harris will most likely move to SG.
Having a lucrative point guard such as John Wall is an attraction to any free agent. Wall is by far the most desirable player in the draft, and he has potential to be one of those guys that "makes everyone on the team better." Jason Kidd did that for the Nets, and Wall could do the same.
This is where Jay-Z comes in. LeBron's interest in the Nets has already grown a bit due to the move to Newark or the move to Brooklyn. He sees a lot of talent in Nets players such as Wall, Chris Douglas-Roberts, Brook Lopez, and Courtney Lee. He knows that he can make this team better, and he knows that they can win games with him.
So what is Jay-Z going to do? He is going to dot the i's and cross the t's. As a part owner of the struggling franchise and a close friend of LeBron's, Jay-Z can help convince LeBron that he is the missing piece on the Nets.
Jay-Z has stated in the past that he won't try to convince LeBron to do something that won't actually benefit him as a player. He doesn't want LeBron to do him a personal favor while hurting his own career. But that won't be the case if the Nets can draft Wall.
On top of all of that, the Nets have the most money to offer LeBron. With the immense "debuilding" of the Nets, their three most expensive players were traded away for younger players with much lower salaries. Jason Kidd, Richard Jefferson, and Vince Carter were traded to make room for Devin Harris, Yi Jianlian, and Courtney Lee (among others).
With the most amount of money to spend on free agency combined with everything mentioned in the above list working out, LeBron James may very well be a New Jersey Net. Crazier things have happened.