There are so many variables to what the Nets might do in the up coming weeks and the for the second season in a row the roster could potentially flipped upsidedown. Do they have interest in Boozer's desire to play in NJ? Will they finally cut ties with Vince Carter? Who will they draft? Like alot of teams all of this decisions rely heavily on the summer of 2010 and how they want to approach it. Im going to try and break it all down and want some opinions.
If the Nets want to be players in 2010 they will have to part with Carters big contract. The problem is there are only a few teams with the combination of interest and expiring contract for the 2010 seaon or earlier that would match Vince's cap numbers. One team to watch for would be the Dallas Mavs who possibly could swap Carter and some garbage for Josh Howard and Jerry Stackhouse. Cuban has always been a dealer and the thought of reuniting Carter, Kidd and Kidd's new sidekick Dirk might be enough for him to pull the trigger. The Nets would get a fringe all-star when healthy with Howard and the finacial flexability to do what they wanted in 2010. Other then the Mavs trading Carter would almost certainly have to involve a multi-team deal.
Carlos Boozer has officially put NJ on his wish list of destinations he would possibly like to land as a free agent this year. Unfortunately, due to the cap situation the only way to pay Boozer the money he will be searching for is through a sign and trade, giving the Nets the ability to stretch the cash an extra year. The delema with this situation is snatch Boozer this year or the hope you can land a free agent big man in 2010 ala Chris Bosh or Amare.
2009 NBA DRAFT, Rod Thorn said his main goal of this offseason is he wanted to find himself a moose. At #11 he may be able to find himself the garbage man he is looking for, two names to keep in mind are Dejuan Blair and Tyler Hansbrough. This will all be influenced by the teams interest in Boozer, if they seriously plan on signing him it may alter their draft strategy. There is also a need at the 3, so the team may look at a player like Earl Clark. Also, if someone like DeMar DeRozen were to slip to them they may decide to snatch him up as a replacement for Vince.
Summer of 2010 Potential Targets do to need : LeBron James(26), Dwanye Wade(28), Chris Bosh(26), Amare Stoudemire(28), Joe Johnson (29) Restricted FA Brandon Roy (26), LaMarcus Aldridge (25), Rudy Gay(24)
My take on what the Nets should do: Vince has been a great player for the Nets and a great teamate, but he needs to be traded. His cap numbers are astronomical and the Nets are not positioned to compete for a championship with him at the helm. A trade would benefit both sides by giving the Nets cap relief and giving Carter a shot to win a title with a contender. Boozer should only be signed if his knees check out 100% and the Nets feel his signing would help influence his Olympic Teamates Lebron or Wade to seriously consider NJ in 2010. Otherwise wait till 2010 and try court either Bosh or Amare. If the Nets plan to sign Boozer they should select Earl Clark as a developmental wing player, if Boozer is not in their plans Dejuan Blair should beth selection pending the outlook on his knees. In 2010 the Nets will make a strong push for LeBron James,but I honestly believe there are only two options for him. He will either re-sign with Cleveland or land in MSG if they can pair him with another superstar. Dwayne Wade is most likely to resign with the HEAT imo. Chris Bosh and Amare are the wild cards for the Nets, NY will also be pushing for one or the other to pursuade Lebron to dawn the blue and orange. Bosh is a better option for the max term deal both will be looking for, he is two years younger and does not have the injury history of Amare or Boozer. Also, in the Nets favor, is the fact that Bosh prefers the 4 and with the Knicks he almost certainly would be a C. With NJ could play his natural position and not take the punisment of banging down low with the big boys. If all the big names get swallowed up look for the Nets to dig into the RFA's particularly Brandon Roy and LaMarcus Aldridge. Portland may have trouble re-signing both so signing an offer sheet may spring one or the other.
Trading Carter does seem to be the best option. The Bucks may take Blair at #10. Still New Jersey will get a player they need like Hansbrough, Clark, or James Johnson.
The nets should trade Carter-- I agree. He makes $15+ million in 2009/2010 and 2010/2011.
Best case scenario for the nets would be to take that $15 million off the books before the summer of 2010 to sign a stud free agent. That $15 million could be used to sign a Wade, Bosh, Lebron, Amare, Joe Johnson, Rudy Gay, Brandon Roy, Tyrus Thomas etc
This is what the Nets could look like in 2010/2011...
Devin Harris, Keyon Dooling
Dwyane Wade, John Wall
Tyrus Thomas, Ryan Anderson, Stanley Robinson
Chris Bosh, Dajuan Blair
Brook Lopez, Josh Boone
A trade for Josh Howard could benefit the nets (in the short term) and the mavs but the mavs weren't interested when the nets mentioned this. They will NOT trade Josh Howard for Vince Carter. They have stated that. This is important to accept. It wont happen. Also, NJ wants a Lebron or a Wade NOT a Josh Howard. If the nets traded for Josh Howard his contract would take $10 + million away from signing a superstar free agent in 2010. A more realistic trade would be a trade that NJ rejected earlier this year.
Nets should trade Vince Carter ($15mil), Yi Jianlian ($3mil) and scraps for Tracy Mcgrady ($20mil) and a 2010 first round pick.
Why is this a good trade for New Jersey?
The main reason NJ rejected this trade is because Tracy Mcgrady might have been an injured $20 million bench warmer, and the Nets "frankly" thought they could get more for Carter. But Mcgrady seems on a path to stay healthy considering it's a contract year for him-- he wants to play well and that helps alleviate the pounding Devin Harris would have to endure if the Nets didn't have any help. While Tracy Mcgrady is no Vince Carter (anymore) he is decent enough to keep fans in the stands before the Nets move to Brooklyn.
Perhaps the Nets could trade for a Josh Howard type player for Vince Carter, but the Nets ultimately want the real prize-- a Wade or Lebron. Not to mention a 2010 mid-first round pick from houston-- it could turn into a Kemba Walker or defensive ace Stanley Robinson from Connecticut. *The Nets also have their own first round pick and the Mavs first round pick in 2010, so helping the Mavs is the last thing the Nets want to do. Plain and simple-- trading to the Mavs is a bad idea.
Why is this a good trade for Houston?
They get Vince Carter! Ultimately the Rockets can get someone to help put some points on the board so they can play with anyone. Also the offensively talented, Yi Jianlian, might finally reach his potential playing alongside Yao Ming. He has talent but completely lacks confidence. If the Nets are reluctant to trade Yi so soon, they could easily replace the $2+ million from Yi's contract with Sean Williams' and/or Eduardo Najera's. All have underachieved since being in New Jersey and would be welcomed into the Rockets roster. Not to mention the Rockets and Nets both have valuable and coveted trade exceptions allowing trades between the clubs to be very easy. Any combination of Nets scraps could help the trade go through. The only untouchables are Devin, Brook, and Ryan Anderson (for now).
Houston could look something like this for next year:
Aaron Brooks, Kyle Lowry
Vince Carter, Jarvis Hayes
Shane Battier, Yi Jianlian
Ron Artest, Carl Landry, Chuck Hayes
Yao Ming, Luis Scola, Brian Cook
This team would have beat LA in the playoffs.
Conclusion: As for the Boozer-to-Nets rumors... The Nets should NOT sign him unless he comes at a huge bargain. Like $8 million a year type bargain. I believe the best trade available is for the nets to trade for Mcgrady. Then they could tank the season and collect first round picks for 2010 (a projected very solid draft) and then sign a superstar or two.
fan I was hoping we'd make a stronger push for Carter. I know his contract is big, but I love VC. I think he would've pushed us over the edge although if Yao had not gone down we would've beat L.A. Hopefully the Rockets make the best move with McGrady and all comes out well for my team, but one question. NJNetskidd, since when did Dirk become Kidd's sidekick? haha. Dirk is their Star, their Leader, their Team. I should know, I've seen the Rockets and Mavs face off plenty of times. If they do decide to trade Vince, please send him to a Contender. The dude has not once asked to be traded through their down years so it'd be wrong to send him to a bottom feeder. I don't think the Nets could get Wade and Bosh neither, but if I were Bosh, I'd consider NJ
Wade and Bosh have the same agent. Chances are they will be on the same team together. Plus they both have stated they'd strongly consider the Nets.
If Lebron doesn't get help next season he will probably head to the Knicks with D'antoni. Amare might too.
Chances arent so bad for a Brooklyn--Wade/ Bosh team and a Manhattan--Lebron/Amare team.
HOW DID THE NETS GET JOHN WALL????
Seconded post, New Jeresy could have Devin Harris Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh but there is no way there acquiring John Wall hahah and if they did have that team they woulndt be able to resign Lopez and Wall anyways
first of all I said this is what the Nets COULD look like in 2010/2011 you jackass. and they very easily could.
if the Nets tank next season (which they would if they traded for a half healthy McGrady) they would have a huge chance to get the first pick in the draft.
Also the Nets get the Mavs unprotected first round pick.
Also the Nets get Warriors protected first round pick.
Also if the Nets trade for Mcgrady they can very easily get a first round pick for 2010.
Seems to me the Nets would have the greatest chance out of every team to vie for the #1 pick in the 2010 draft.
Think before you comment.
Lopez's contract is up for renewal in 2012/2013. Thats two years after 2010. They could resign him with the expiring money from Anderson's and Dooling's contracts.
John Walls contract would be up for renewal in 2015. That's five years of playing time with the Nets. Also Devin Harris' contract would expire by then.
John Wall is just a possibility btw. Duh. He could be drafted with one of their current 2010 first round picks, or the Nets could opt for an Ed Davis or someone entirely different. My point is the Nets have huge potential and a lot of possibilities if they trade Carter for Mcgrady. Dont get lost in the details.
Every boby likes him until he joins your team. He is a me first selfish money greeding no loyalty pig! I am a jazz fan I will sign and trade the looze for carter and dooyling and a future 1st. Cleveland also has high regards for boozer. He is a bum!
We don't want Boozer if he costs more than 8 million. The Nets would be stuck with an expensive lug and would not be players in the 2010 free agency.
The Jazz are over the luxury tax and dont have trade flexibility. Carter's contract is $15 million. Dooling's is $3.5 million. That's $19 million together. No chance the Nets sign Boozer for anything close to that.
I think he ends up in Detroit... just a hunch.
Do the Jazz like Tashaun Prince? He might be trade bait for Boozer right???
tashaun, we already have a lanky skinny playa in AK! DET has enough salary cap space to sign him though, no sign and trade.
can keep his option year and make close to 13 mill. this year. He is crazy to think he will get a raise. He is so injury prone, I think that 8 mill. a year is a good price for him, boozer only averages around 60 games played a season for his career!
did the nets get a top three pick next year!
John Wall is not playing second fiddle to anyone. The minute he's in the NBA he will have a starting job regardless of who is in front of him.
Booze is awesome. He would be a good fit in New Jersey.
This is a playoff team in the East. Provided everyone stays relativly healthy.
Would most certainly not be a backup SG, try a starting PG. And the Blazers will definitely sign at least Roy to a longer extension at some point in the next year, so he wont be available in 2010.
Here is what NJ should do
1- VC, Yi and Dooling to HOU for T-mac, Scola and Lowry. Adds a expiring contract to a team with a lot of cap space. Anything McGrady gives you is a plus.
2.Sign 2 big men. The two guys I have in mind is Boozer and Gray. Boozer gives you a solid 20-10 guy in the east. Gray gives you a proven, solid big man to come off the bench and replace Lopez.
3.Trade 11th pick. Rumors has it that Portland wants to move up to the Lotto. Well if Portland offers you 24,33 and 38 for 11 and say Boone, you have to do it.
If They dont trade
11th pick- Earl Clark.
If they trade
has no cap space to sign boozer. They would have to do a sign and trade, you would lose at least one of your starters.
he is a unrestricted FA..he doesnt need to be traded to swicth teams