Gerald Wallace Acquisition Risky for Nets?
Acting swiftly following the Dwight debacle, the Nets put a top-three protection on their 2012 first-round draft pick and dealt it — along with Mehmet Okur and Shawne Williams — to the Blazers for combo forward Gerald Wallace.
Fan outrage ensued on Twitter.
All season long the Nets had stayed the course. The losses and injuries piled up, yet the philosophy never wavered. The Nets had been accumulating assets and cap space in the event that both Williams and Howard did opt out.
But now, instead of staying patient and developing a roster, they traded a valuable commodity — a first-round pick which very well could be Nos. 4 or 5 — for a player like Wallace, who, despite his prowess on both ends of the court, could be on the downside of his career as he approaches his 30th birthday.
Why? To appease Williams? He’s leaving for Dallas anyway, fans said via social media. To try to win now and make a playoff run? They can’t even stay healthy, fans added.
Yet there are so many risks. What happens if D-Will and Wallace both walk after the season? Then what? Then they just lost a possible lottery pick for nothing.