One team that will be under the radar during the NBA off-season this summer is the Brooklyn Nets. With superstar point guard Deron Williams mulling his options as a free agent and talks of three-time Defensive Player of the Year Dwight Howard possibly being traded by the Orlando Magic to the Nets, things will almost certainly get interesting heading towards next season.
The consensus as of right now is that if the Nets can’t figure out a way to bring in Howard that Williams will opt-out of his contract and leave the team via free agency. With plenty of a teams around the league interested in the elite point guard’s services, namely the Dallas Mavericks and Los Angeles Lakers, it seems to be a foregone conclusion that the Nets will lose their only superstar before playing a single game in Brooklyn.
As if the dilemma with Williams isn’t bad enough for the Nets moving forward, Brooklyn also faces another problem with the recently acquired small forward Gerald Wallace. Apparently, Wallace has decided to become a free agent by opting out of the final year of his contract which was worth $9.5 million.
This was an interesting move by Wallace as he will most likely not earn the same amount on any other team in the league next season. The move may have been a way to lock up his long-term future either in Brooklyn or elsewhere.
Even though Wallace isn’t considered a player of All-Star caliber at this point in his career, the veteran forward is still a player that will help convince Williams to stay if he continues to play for the Nets.
It has been reported that Wallace does plan to stay with the Nets and is planning on re-signing with the team. If talks fall through, he’ll definitely be headed elsewhere.
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