Monday , Nov , 30 , 2009 Oly Sandor

Chris Bosh, LeBron James, and Dwyane Wade should consider New Jersey Nets’ upside

Money talks. With just $25 million dollars on the books for 2010, they have the cap space to sign one max’ player, maybe two. Few franchises have this financial flexibility. And Prokhorov, Russia’s richest man, will have no issue spending beyond the luxury tax when he assumes control of the club …


Chris Bosh, LeBron James, and Dwyane Wade should consider New Jersey Nets' upsideIn between NBA games, I’ll often find the remote and flip to the Real Estate Channel. And when not laughing at the makeover madness, I do find myself wondering what home suits prospective buyers: turn-keys or fixer-uppers?

A turn-key is a move-in ready home. Little or no work is needed, while a fixer-upper is a home with the potential to be great, but only if the buyer is prepared to look past the flaws and put in a little tender-loving-care (TLC).

Here’s the question for fans of the New Jersey Nets: will the free agent class of 2010 look past the imperfections and view the franchise as a fixer-upper with upside? Or will Chris Bosh, LeBron James, Joe Johnson, and Dwyane Wade opt for a turn-key contender?

Currently, the Nets are in transition. Yesterday, coach Lawrence Frank – a talented and respected sideline boss – was fired for the team’s 0-16 start. The front office is crowded with Rod Thorn and Kiki Vandeweghe, while leveraged owner Bruce Ratner will soon relinquish his majority share to mysterious Russian Mikhail Prokhorov. And that controversial move to Brooklyn is still up-in-the-air.

So what could Bosh, James, Johnson or Wade possibly see in the swamps of ‘Jersey? While not an obvious front-runner, the Nets are a diamond-in-the-rough and could appeal to top talent in this bear economy.

Money talks. With just $25 million dollars on the books for 2010, they have the cap space to sign one max’ player, maybe two. Few franchises have this financial flexibility. And Prokhorov, Russia’s richest man, will have no issue spending beyond the luxury tax when he assumes control of the club.

Unlike the New York Knicks, the cupboard isn’t bare. Devin Harris, an All-Star calibre point guard, is healthy and signed long-term at reasonable money. Also, second-year studs Courtney Lee and Brook Lopez are off injured reserve and could man the 2 and 5 spots long-term.

Of course, there’s Brooklyn, New York. If the relocation actually happens, playing in one of the famed five boroughs – and media capital of the world – would surely appeal to a superstar looking to maximize sponsorship dollars.

On the surface, the Nets seem to have little chance at signing a top free agent next July. However, with a declining  salary cap, Bosh, James, Johnson, or Wade should see the possibilities with a fixer-upper like New Jersey

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