Add point guard Deron Williams to the list of those who don’t foresee either scenario taking place.
“I don’t see us making any moves,” said Williams the other day. “Last time I said that, I think, I got traded. That’s the quote for the day.”
While I definitely don’t anticipate Nets general manager Billy King making any sort of blockbuster deal like the one he executed during the 2013 NBA Draft by acquiring Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Jason Terry from the Boston Celtics, I would have to disagree with Williams and predict that King will shake things up at least a little bit on deadline day.
Going back to last summer, the bulk of the talk that’s surrounded this team and its expectations has always gone back to its age, and that’s part of the reason why it would be in Brooklyn’s best interest to make at least one move. Williams won’t be 30 until June, and Brook Lopez is still just 25 years old, but much of the remaining core is getting up there in age.
Making things even more daunting for the Nets moving forward is the fact that they traded away so many of their future draft picks in all the big deals they’ve made over the last few years. In order to get younger, they’re going to need to heavily rely on trades and free agency. With so much money already being committed to this roster, picking up young, quality free agents at a reasonable price will be quite the challenge.
This means I could certainly see the Nets trying to trade expendable pieces such as a Terry or Reggie Evans for second-round draft picks by the 20th.
And then Williams would be able to laugh and blame it on himself all over again.