In the opening days of the 2012 NBA free agency the Brooklyn Nets have managed to stay on the headlines with the signing of point guard Deron Williams — labeled savior of a new era — trading garbage for what some fans considered garbage, Joe Johnson and the $89 million he’s owed over the next four season.
Nets general manager Billy King for some reason showed Gerald Wallace the money, a move no other franchise would have done, and inked him for $40 million over the next four seasons. All that is left to do, is to re-sign Brook Lopez and I mean, if there is some spare change in the sofa the Nets can pony up to re-sign Kris Humphries, by doing so will push Brooklyn into the luxury tax though.
Bam. There is it. The moment all New Jersey, I mean, Brooklyn Net fans have been waiting for since the 2010 free agency period. They were able to sign an actual star in Deron Williams, well, talent-wise, not personality. By securing Williams the Nets can now focus their attention of winning. Now, I’m not stoked on the Johnson trade (I didn’t want him in 2010, don’t want him now) but, this is a sign that management is determined to put a winner on the court. For once, the Nets made a decision based on winning games, and not how many new fans they can get, although this will help there chances. Johnson’s game can fit very well in a Nets system. Williams has proven to be one of the top point guards in the league, and Johnson could be a big contributor in the regular season, as for the playoffs, no promises. (more…)