If the potential Joe Johnson to the Nets trade falls through, look for the Nets to continue building their roster by making O.J. Mayo a “significant offer.” The Nets are not the only interested team in the former USC guard’s services, reports Adrian Wojnarowski, as the Celtics, Pacers, and Suns all may make runs for Mayo as well.
It seems the Nets are simply paying their dues here, as Mayo is one of the elite shooting guards on the market, sandwiched somewhere between Ray Allen and Jamal Crawford. Now that the Nets are considered the favorites for Deron Williams and Jason Kidd, they could potentially be set for quite a few years in the backcourt (assuming they bring in Mayo or Johnson, with Mayo being the far more likely candidate).
At the beginning of this offseason, it became clear the Brooklyn Nets would be one of the more interesting stories out there. They couldn’t even assemble a starting 5, and none of the players they actually had were of a high enough quality to compete in the suddenly tough Atlantic Division.
Despite the gravity of the task they were approached with, the Nets are off to a hot start. They brought back Gerald Wallace, saving Billy King’s job in the process. They’re considered the favorites for D-Will and Kidd, and odds are they will retain the services of Brook Lopez as well. Assuming those assumptions come to throughition, look for the 2012-13 Nets to do some damage in the Eastern Conference.