Joe Johnson to the Nets and why they still aren’t a playoff team

We all knew that the Brooklyn Nets would be big players in Free Agency this year. After all, they didn’t want to head into their first season in Brooklyn with Gerald Wallace and Brook Lopez as their top players. The Nets wanted to make some moves, and that’s exactly what they did on Monday.

While the Nets have been involved in mostly Dwight Howard trade rumors, reports came out on Sunday that they were in talks to acquire Hawks guard Joe Johnson. The trade was finalized and now it looks like the Nets will be heading to Brooklyn with at least Joe Johnson.

As a part of the Johnson deal, the Nets sent Anthony Morrow, Jordan Farmar, Johan Petro, Jordan Williams, Deshawn Stevenson and Houston’s lottery protected 2013 first round pick. In return, they got Joe Johnson and his huge contract.

After the Johnson trade it looks like Deron Williams may actually be coming back to the team. He’s narrowed it down to the Nets and Mavs, but it seems that he’s leaning towards the Nets.

With the base of Johnson and Williams though, are the Nets a playoff team?

Since we’re dealing with a lot of hypotheticals here, I think they need to be taken care of right away. If the Nets don’t bring back Williams, I don’t think they’re a playoff team. If they can somehow fit in Dwight and Deron Williams, they are a playoff team and a contender in the East.

Now that those are out of the way, we’re assuming that Deron Williams is going to sign because I’m pretty confident that he’s coming back. Along with Williams, the Nets also gave Gerald Wallace a nice big contract to return to the Nets.

It’ll be important if the Nets don’t get Dwight that they can at least bring back Brook Lopez. With Lopez, they’ll be a good team. Unfortunately they won’t have much cap room beyond that and they won’t be deep at all.  They would be a very poor version of the Miami Heat, and they wouldn’t be a playoff team just yet.

While the Joe Johnson trade may be a step in the right direction, the Nets aren’t close to a playoff spot next. This won’t be the last that we hear from the Nets this offseason and they may or may not be able to improve their team into a playoff contender.

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5 Responses to Joe Johnson to the Nets and why they still aren’t a playoff team

  1. Steven Jeffries says:

    “D-Howard” is all packed and his plane ticket is in his pocket! Brooklyn has him, now can they win?

    • stephenchott says:

      Well I’m not so sure he goes to Brooklyn. Not sure if they can afford him, D-Will and Johnson. If they do though, yes I think they’re a playoff team.

      • Steven Jeffries says:

        Good points! But Howard can be “flakey” at time, unsettled…guess we’ll have to see.

  2. scottp14 says:

    At least the Nets are closer than they were before the Johnson trade…

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