The Nets, currently stationed in Newark, will at some point in the future move to Brooklyn. This was supposed to make them an attractive destination for NBA free agents last summer.Unfortunately, it didn’t. The team’s surprise acquisition of Deron Williams, though, may have unlocked the hidden potential of that move.
Williams is going to need some help to stick around. But take one of the top three or four point guards in the game, figure that Brook Lopez will continue to develop, and stir in Brooklyn? All of a sudden, you have a team that may have a good shot at attracting out-of-town talent. For example, take a look at this quote, from an interview with Hornets forward David West.
From The Star-Ledger:
5. So how do you feel about the Jersey/Brooklyn option?
I think that team, obviously, is a lot more interesting than they were. They were so young before they made that deal, and nobody saw that deal coming. I don’t know. I know it’s a team that has some (cap) space and a need, but it’s … like I said, when the time comes, we’ll see what’s out there. Again, at this point in my career, money won’t really be the number one (criterion).
West goes on to discuss his family ties to Brooklyn, which he actually has more to say about then the Williams-Lopez tandem. Granted, one is explicitly talking business, while family is family. But it’s worth noting that players have the Nets on their radar, and are also taking the Brooklyn part seriously.
That Deron Williams thing? It doesn’t really require much comment. Everybody knows how good he is.
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