Offseason moves

Free Agency

By: NBASCOUT / Special to

In the matter of free agency and related transactions, the Nets ought focus on big men first (there are fewer around) and then consider others. The Nets should also stay away from riskier players that have had serious issues whether physical or healthwise. *

Not only did former President and GM Rod Thorn shy away from players that wouldn\’t pass a physical for knee issues (such as Shareef Abdur Rahim), but he passed on heart issues (Tractor Traylor) as well. If you invest in such players, caveat emptor.

Many names have been tossed about. Some are worthy of consideration. If Dwight Howard wants in, maybe the Magic will make a deal. Once again, though, the Nets can\’t afford to wait ala LBJ or Carmelo while other fine prospects are lost.

Remember, if you sign good players outright, you are adding assets. You can always eventually trade up if someone to your liking is not available now.

In the matter of bigs, Howard and Chandler stand out. Of course, Tim Duncan, DeAndre Jordan, Glen Davis and others are on the market as well.

Finally, whatever you do, try to avoid big mistakes. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

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