There are a few questions to address before the Brooklyn Nets start targeting some top free agent targets for their first season in Brooklyn. Of course, the biggest one is Deron Williams: will he be re-signed or will he test the free agent waters? If you listen to the so-called experts, you get different predictions depending on the day of the week. Let me break it down for you: D-Will is nothing but bait to lure Dwight Howard to Brooklyn. If there is one position that is looking pretty ripe for the picking in this year’s crop of free agents, it is at point guard. I’m not saying we should just give up on D-Will, but there are plenty of other fish in the sea. Plus, from all the signs I have seen, Deron Williams is NOT re-signing with the Nets– he wants to test free agency and I believe he is good as gone.
Let me tell you about a few point guards who are available if the Nets are looking for one. Want a veteran in the backcourt? How about Steve Nash or Chauncey Billups? If you are looking for a young electric point guard, perhaps we can pry Jeremy Lin from the New York Knicks. The point is there are several options at PG. How about Kris Humphries, will he be back in the fold next season? So far, judging from his own comments, it doesn’t appear like he will be back. Spurned by Kim Kardashian and dubbed the most-hated player in the NBA (sorry LeBron), it looks like Humphries will be packing his bags and moving on to a rebound team. Besides the fact that the Brooklyn Nets are getting back Brook Lopez, an all-star caliber player who is a beast inside, there are several other big men on the market.
With the Boston Celtics’ “Big Three” certain to be broken up in the offseason, perhaps the Nets can snag Kevin Garnett. I know there was some talk about him retiring, but after his spectacular postseason performance, there is no way “The Kid” hangs up the high-tops. He would look great in the Brooklyn Nets jersey, especially when the Nets square off against the New York Knicks and Amare Stoudemire. We’ll have to see if BK can bring him into the borough. Ersan Ilyasova is another forward who the Nets have been scouting heavily since the last few months of the 2011-2012 season. Many are figuring the rising-star and current Milwaukee Buck will command between $8 million and $10 million a season. The good news for the Nets is that their Russian billionaire has plenty of rubles to throw at Ilyasova. If I were to wager a guess, I would say that Ilyasova will be wearing the Brooklyn Nets badge on his chest next season and not the antlers of the Bucks. While we are on the subject of forwards, Ryan Anderson would be an excellent addition, it just remains to be seen if anyone can pry him away from Orlando.
Another player the Nets would certainly like to pry away from Orlando is Dwight Howard, the biggest free-agent prize in years. He appears to be signing with the Magic after orchestrating GM Otis Smith and coach Stan Van Gundy’s exit, but if the Magic falter out of the gate, they may be interested in trading him. Shaquille O’Neal, Anfernee Hardaway – no one stays in Orlando, so it’s only a matter of time. Come on up to the Big Apple, D. Howard, and play on basketball’s biggest stage. If you can make it here, you can make it anywhere. Some other potential free agent signings for the future include Mirza Teletovic, the pride of Bosnia and the Euro League’s leading scorer. However, the 6’9 forward is signed to Caja Laboral of the Spanish League until 2014, so it may take a year or two to bring him to the states. Some shooting guards that may find their way to the Brooklyn Nets next year include another member of Boston’s “Big Three,” Ray Allen or maybe Eric Gordon. And although it seems unlikely right now, maybe Carmello Anthony can make the trip across the city and join up with the Brooklyn squad. Hey, if things unravel in Madison Square Garden, come on over to the Barclays, the billion-dollar home of your Brooklyn Nets! BK STAND UP!