NBA Free Agency: 5 Targets for Brooklyn Nets If They Lose Deron Williams
The Brooklyn Nets are doing everything in their power to bring back Deron Williams, but GM Billy King has to be prepared for the possibility of life without the All-Star point guard.
If Williams decides to play elsewhere the Nets would not only have a lot of cash in their pockets, but would also have numerous holes on their roster.
They have already re-signed forward Gerald Wallace to a four-year, $40 million deal in an attempt to fill some of those holes.
Brooklyn still has to deal with restricted free agent Brook Lopez and there is a good chance unrestricted free agent Kris Humphries signs a deal with another team.
Assuming Deron Williams is not on the team next season, here are five free agents the Brooklyn Nets should look into signing this offseason.
PG Goran Dragic, Houston Rockets
An unrestricted free agent, Goran Dragic had a breakout season for the Houston Rockets and is now looking for a team to sign him as their starting point guard.
Without Deron Williams on the roster, the only point guard the Brooklyn Nets have is rookie Tyshawn Taylor.
Dragic would immediately be an impact player for the Nets after averaging 16.3 points and 7.3 assists per game after the All-Star break.
According to Ken Berger of CBS Sports, Dragic is looking for a contract of at least $10 million a year. The Rockets already have Kyle Lowry as their starting point guard and unless they find a way to trade him, Goran Dragic will be looking for a new home.
PF Ersan Ilyasova, Milwaukee Bucks
Another unrestricted free agent who had a breakout year, Ersan Ilyasova is one of the most coveted free agents on the market.
Brooklyn is already considered the front-runner to sign Ilyasova and the 6'10" 25-year-old would be a perfect fit to replace Kris Humphries.
Ilyasova is a big body who does a great job on the boards while stretching the defense with his excellent outside shooting. He averaged 13.0 points and 8.8 rebound per game last season while shooting an outstanding 45.5 percent from three-point range.
Ersan Ilyasova will be a top target for the Nets whether they sign Deron Williams or not and he would be an signing for Billy King if the All-Star point guard walks.
PG Ramon Sessions, Los Angeles Lakers
After coming over in a trade to the Los Angeles Lakers and helping lead them to the playoffs, Ramon Sessions is an unrestricted free agent.
While returning to the Lakers is definitely an option for Sessions, he would be a relatively inexpensive replacement for Williams and would allow the Nets to pursue other playmakers to put around him.
The 26-year-old would be a solid signing for Billy King and would allow him to spend money on other free agents to help fill a depleted Nets roster.
SF Michael Beasley, Minnesota Timberwolves
The talented Beasley hasn't quite lived up to the expectations placed on him, but he is still a valuable player who would provide the Nets with another scoring option.
In fact Beasley is a similar player to recent signee Gerald Wallace and the two could complement each other nicely on both sides of the floor.
Coming off a down year where he only averaged 11.5 points and 4.4 rebounds per game, Beasley shouldn't be too expensive and would be a good low-risk, high-reward signing for Brooklyn.
SF Nicolas Batum, Portland Trail Blazers
An emerging talent who can stretch the defense with his size and shooting ability, Nicolas Batum is a highly-coveted restricted free agent of the Portland Trail Blazers.
He averaged 13.9 points and 4.6 rebounds per game in 2011-2012 while also shooting 39.1 percent from behind-the-arc.
While the Trail Blazers will be able to match any offer, they also have a number of players to make decisions on and might be willing to let him walk if the price gets too high.
Batum would be an excellent forward acquisition to help stretch the floor for whoever the point guard might be and he would instantly become a fan favorite in Brooklyn.