Nets need to deal for a big name

Executives from the Suns, Raptors and Jazz have been told if they’re
planning to move their All-Star-caliber big men, the Nets are

Amar’e Stoudemire, Chris Bosh and Carlos Boozer could be among the
biggest names traded before the Feb. 18 deadline, and the Nets don’t
want to miss out if they are.

The conversations were exploratory, nothing serious yet. At least one could intensify as the trade deadline nears, probably with the Suns. Phoenix is talking to other teams and it’s possible it could extend Stoudemire’s contract.

The Nets should do whatever they can to get one of them, starting with Stoudemire, whom they pursued last year. After this terrible season, all the money the Nets have for free agency won’t necessarily result in getting the superstar they want: LeBron James.

Some rival league executives think the Nets probably will have to overspend for a Stoudemire and/or Rudy Gay. If they have a chance to get a marquee player now, they should go forward. It should improve their chances of recruiting another in the summer.

The Nets have young players, expiring contracts and multiple draft picks the next few years, including essentially three first-rounders this June. (The Nets will own the first pick of the second round, which is like having a first-rounder).

They have to keep their first – which will be top four – but could part with both of the later picks if the deal is right. One including Brook Lopez probably wouldn’t be right for the Nets.

The Nets don’t want to give up assets for someone who just helps them avoid the record for the worst NBA season ever and then signs with Miami or another team in July. They have to feel they can re-sign him after the season, or they won’t make the trade.

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