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The New Jersey Nets have finally traded Jason Kidd to the Mavericks, adding Devin Harris as part of a rebuilding project. It appears they’re also ready to trade Vince Carter today or tomorrow, ahead of Thursday’s trade deadline at 3 p.m. EST. The Nets rebuilding directly affects the Celtics by way of the Atlantic Division. The Nets would be irrelevant for a few years.
Dumping Vince Carter in this scenario would be in a 3-way deal, involving the Nets, Miami Heat, and New York Knicks (who will never fall into a rebuilding stage).
Nets will get:
Jason Williams, PG – He’s an expiring contract. Other than that, he’s also a veteran point guard that could tutor Devin Harris for the rest of the year.
Ricky Davis, SG/SF – How far the mighty have fallen. Ricky is also an expiring contract that would be a nice scoring option the rest of the way, especially if he wants to cash in on the open market this offseason. If the Nets pull this off its a MAJOR cap relief for the offseason. They can rebuild quick with a free agent to go with Richard Jefferson or they can stand pat.
Heat will get:
Eddy Curry, C – He sucks. He can score down low, which is the good. But he also does nothing else. He’s averaged a whopping 4.7 rebounds this season and is known for his anemic fantasy line: the Eddy Curry line (more turnovers than assists, steals, and blocks combined). This season, his turnovers are down to 2.2 per game to go along with 0.6 assists, 0.3 steals, and 0.4 blocks per game (good for a 1.69:1 ratio). His contract is not expiring at $8.9 million. Interesting to see what Miami is thinking here.
Knicks will get:
Vince Carter, SG/SF – The Vince Carter experiment didn’t really work in New Jersey as he is on his way out. Vince would bring excitement back to the Knicks…but I’m not sure much else. Sad to say, that’s Jamal Crawford’s team now and Isiah is in love with Crawford’s ability. I’m sure if Vince arrived, he’d take shots away from Crawford (as he probably should). Vince should be their leading scorer and a nice complement to empty big man Zach Randolph. Still, the Knicks would be a mess.
In another scenario, the Nets will ship Vince Carter to the Pacers for Jermaine O’Neal. This deal is listed as “dormant” by ESPN, but could regain life as the Nets can fully concentrate on trading Carter. I think Carter is an exciting player and still has the potential to be an effective NBA scorer, it just depends if he’s worth the investment. O’Neal is injury-prone but when healthy is a monster. He would be a great compliment to Devin Harris and Richard Jefferson. A healthy O’Neal would allow the Nets to rebuild quickly.