New Jersey Nets: Players Who Would Spark the Nets

Danny Paskas@DannyPaskasSenior Analyst IJanuary 31, 2012

New Jersey Nets: Players Who Would Spark the Nets

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    It seems silly to talk about the New Jersey Nets trading for somebody when most of the team is injured.

    Mehmet Okur is out with back spasms, Brook Lopez is out with a broken foot and DeShawn Stevenson is out due to knee problems. Damion James is done for the season because of complications from surgery on a broken foot he suffered last year, and impressive rookie MarShon Brooks is also out indefinitely with a broken toe. 

    Every player on the Nets roster has missed at least one game this season except for little-used Sundiata Gaines, backup PF/C Shelden Williams, backup PF/C Johan Petro, Anthony Morrow and Jordan Farmar.

    The Nets are desperate to get healthy and to find some legitimate starters to add to the starting lineup.

    Their most pressing need is at small forward. New Jersey will have to get creative to swing a trade, but there are possibilities out there that can provide an instant spark to a team looking to cling to anything that would provide consistency.

    Here are five players the Nets should look to deal for:

Stephen Jackson

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    Trade Jordan Farmar and pray the Milwaukee Bucks would take Johan Petro for Stephen Jackson.

    Yes, Stephen Jackson is old, and yes, he has a horrible contract, but he can still score and would be a great fit for the New Jersey Nets at the two, since rookie MarShon Brooks is out indefinitely.

    Even when Brooks comes back, Jackson can play the three in certain lineups when they go small.

    This season, Jackson is averaging 13.5 points per game and had consecutive games in early January, scoring 35 against the San Antonio Spurs followed by 25 against the Detroit Pistons.

    Jackson is an instant upgrade of any small forward currently on the Nets roster and would mesh well with Deron Williams since he has proved throughout his career that he can hit an open three.

    This trade would also appease Dwight Howard's will of playing with Jackson. The notion seems ridiculous, but even if it is false, Jackson could prove to be very useful for the Nets.

    The Bucks may be a willing trade partner to get his contract off their books since they can give his minutes to Mike Dunleavy, who they signed in the offseason.

Anthony Randolph

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    Trade Johan Petro and a second-round pick for Anthony Randolph.

    Would Minnesota Timberwolves David Kahn accept this trade? He may, as he has made some surprising moves in the past, like drafting multiple point guards in the first round and signing Darko Milicic to a four-year $20 million contract in 2010.

    Randolph has fallen out of Minny's rotation recently and may be expendable.

    Though he is listed as a power forward, he can play the three. He has always shown flashes throughout his three-year career but has always seemed to be on a short leash.

    If Randolph landed on the New Jersey Nets, he may get the playing time to finally work through his mistakes and blossom.

    If the Nets can get him without giving much up, the move could be low-risk, high-reward since he has only one season left on his contract.

Michael Beasley

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    Trade Anthony Morrow and cash or a pick for Michael Beasley.

    From being somewhat of a bust during his time in Miami, Michael Beasley has proven that he can be a reliable scorer and rebounder at the small forward position in Minnesota.

    Last season for the Timberwolves, Beasley averaged 23.2 PPG in October, 22.9 PPH in November and finished up overall with 19.2 PPG.

    This season, after coming back from a foot injury, he has had scoring games of seven, 18 and 34.

    The 'Wolves may take this deal because they are stacked at small forward after drafting Derrick Williams with the No. 2 overall pick. They also have Wesley Johnson and Martell Webster.

    Anthony Morrow can fill their need as a three-point shooter.

    Beasley could plug the New Jersey Nets' offensive hole at the three.

O.J. Mayo

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    Trade Jordan Farmar for O.J. Mayo.

    O.J. Mayo can fill in for MarShon Brooks for the time being and then, when he gets back, can be the ideal sixth man for the New Jersey Nets.

    The Memphis Grizzlies may be inclined to do this deal since Mayo is on the last year of his contract, and they may not be able to give him the money he commands since their money is tied up in Zach Randolph, Marc Gasol and Rudy Gay in the upcoming offseason.

    Jordan Farmar would give the Grizz a very reliable backup point guard if something should happen to Mike Conley.

    Their point guard depth chart now consists of two rookies, Jeremy Pargo and Josh Selby, behind Conley. 

Robin Lopez

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    Trade Jordan Farmar for Robin Lopez.

    With Mehmet Okur's recurring back problem, the latest injury update on Brook Lopez indicating he will not be back until mid-February and then however long it takes to get his conditioning back, this could be a worthwhile trade for the New Jersey Nets.

    Robin Lopez can possibly start in Brook's spot until he is healthy. Even if he desn't start, he could take some of the burden away from Shelden Williams and Johan Petro. 

    Robin does not seem to fit in the Phoenix Suns' system, which can clearly be seen by his lack of minutes and their unwillingness to extend his contract.

    Phoenix looks to be content with Marcin Gortat as their starting center.

    Jordan Farmar can help the Suns lack of depth at point guard. Behind Steve Nash, there is Ronnie Price and Sebastian Telfair.