What To Do Now?

The Draft, Trades and Free Agency


By: NBASCOUT / Special to netsinteractive.com

The matter of the draft is really quite simple. You take the best player available. That, however, is easier said than done. You need to do your homework.*

When you draft near the top, all you are truly getting is \”consensus.\” It doesn\’t mean you\’ll come away with a very good or any good players at all, for that matter, as history has often shown.

Usually, there are some players worth taking in any draft. The trick is to figure out who they are.

You have to work to ascertain which players are worth drafting and only draft those. In that regard, you may find some golden nuggets if you are careful, wise and/or lucky.

The Nets could use some big men. Someone down low to rebound, defend and dominate couldn\’t hurt.

If the player is athletic and can score, that\’s even better. The Nets could also use a bruiser.

Someone that can set a hard pick to clear lanes for scoring will also open it up for others. Anyone that can act the role of an enforcer in a test of wills that\’ll boost the confidence of other players and give the team a swagger is needed as well.

Both DeMarcus Cousins and Derrick Favors intrigue. The Nets need to work them both out to determine which has the characteristics most needed to fit with the team\’s style.

For example, if one brings agility, athleticism and defensive prowess while the other provides scoring, rebounding and shot blocking, each aspect has to be weighed and factored into the equation as to who is best. Then you have to consider of each of those aspects, which player appears to be more significantly and comparatively dominant relative to the other in terms of what you value most.

Every talent evaluator has their own unique, specialized or proprietary way of evaluating talent. Elite teams rely on the best talent evaluators.

If Evan Turner falls to New Jersey, he could be another 20-10 guy for the team, but with everything, there are no guarantees. Same with any of the top five. That\’s why you need to bring in the best to evaluate talent.

There are also some nuggets to reap at the end of the first round and at the top of the second. The onus is on the Nets braintrust to pick them out.

As for trades, you\’ll make some of your best deals this way. It depends on the opportunities and how you go about your business. Of course, some of the best trades you\’ll make are the ones you don\’t.

As for free agency, it\’s quite simple. If LeBron wants to join New Jersey, I\’d take him. The Prudential Center serves the same tri-state market that Brooklyn does.

Moreover, playing with Yi could boost the marketing prospects of any team because of the LeBron James museum that was opened in China. The marketing potential for any such team and LeBron James is enormous.

Remember, though, LeBron should only come over if he\’s willing to fit in as one of the players. If he expects to burn himself out on hero basketball every night, it may work against him and the team.

I would take LeBron and Bosh in a package if that were feasible. I\’d also take Lee and and LeBron if that worked better.

If none of that works, Rudy Gay is restricted, and perhaps, he could be acquired on sensible terms. Of course, the Nets could always acquire Carmelo Anthony, Al Horford and/or Big Baby next offseason.

Whoever wants in, I think should expect it to be first come and first served. I wouldn\’t linger on any candidate too long before rounding out my team.

Anyway, I\’ll hope to see my share of preferred stock in the Nets arrive by mail. If not, some gold mining interests in Russia might be acceptable.

NBASCOUT is an independent freelance sportswriter that covers the NBA and the New Jersey Nets. He is not affiliated with the National Basketball Association. Copyright 2010 by NBASCOUT, all rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without the express written consent of the author. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and not necessarily this website. You may e-mail NBASCOUT in care-of his wife, who writes for children, at kathyforkids@cs.com

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