Last year Miami, New York, Chicago and New Jersey all bid on LeBron James' talents and believed they had a shot. The Clippers did too, but even they knew they weren't in the running. Miami got the big prize, landing both Chris Bosh and James. New York and Chicago collected consolation prizes in Amar'e Stoudemire and Carlos Boozer respectively. The Nets got Troy Murphy, the booby prize.
Since then they've been trying to compensate by scooping up Carmelo Anthony. In their efforts to land him, they've established that there's almost no price to high for the Nets. Caught up in the fray of the auction, they've lost sight of whether the prize is really worth the price.
According to the rumors of the eventual cost, the team is overpaying, and may be landing another decade of futility. Following are ten reasons why the Nets should stop and reconsider before they the auctioneer's final hammer falls.