* Melo is along for the ride in trade proposal bumper cars for now. Murphy likely goes if DEN and NJ reach any deal, so this trade assumes Melo does not become a Net.
7-19 club that may not land savior 2.0: a 1st round loss should satisfy Nets fans but a no-show looks disastrous after so much hype about the new ownership, coach and team direction. The Nets are currently an offensive bottom-dweller. The inconsistent Harris and Lopez shoulder so much of the burden and the Nets lack both veteran presence and a reliable third scoring option.
1. If NJ keeps Favors will the Nets pay Humphries as well? They have much deeper pockets now and Humphries has made a case for Most Improved.
2. Will NJ pursue a scorer and "win now" if Melo heads elsewhere?
The Nets can grow into a solid 2nd-tier EC team and battle for a postseason spot in Avery's first year. Last year JRich showed explosive scoring and mettle in the playoffs, his numbers should remain consistent in Avery's system. He can be re-signed for less and, unlike a Curry or Stojakovic, helps win playoff games. JRich still can work the perimeter, slash and finish, and at his size he can play 2 or 3.
Gentry has spoken to three major concerns:
1. Consistent, fundamentally sound rebounding and defense
2. Nash window (if Nash leaves, he leaves)
3. Overload at 2-3
The Suns address all 3 concerns: they achieve a balanced depth and improve in defense/rebounding with the acquisition of Humphries alone. PHX has the money to re-sign Humphries, everyone can wait and see if Murphy returns to form with minutes. This team has a much better chance to compete deep into the playoffs.