We have all seen people wearing a shirt that reads; “My Friend Went To Las Vegas And All I Got Is This Lousy T-Shirt.” The Brooklyn Nets may want to make up a batch of shirts that read; “Our First Round Draft Pick Went To Portland And All We Have Is An Empty Roster Spot.” That happens to be the situation the franchise finds itself in, as the “New York Post” has reported that veteran small forward Gerald Wallace opted-out of the final year of his contract on Wednesday, making him an unrestricted Free Agent next month.
Although Wallace could re-sign a long-term deal with the team that is moving to Brooklyn, for the start of next season; he could sign with a team closer to contending, which would result in the Nets giving up the sixth pick in the first round of the upcoming NBA Draft, for a player that will be on another roster next season. If Wallace does sign with another club, it would greatly increase the possibility of Free Agent All-Star guard Deron Williams choosing a new home for next season as well.
Although there is much excitement on the team to move to the “Empire State” and play in a state of the art facility; at this juncture it looks as if the Nets will be playing with a roster that will keep the club out of the Post Season once again. Brooklyn General Manager Billy King, made the deal before the NBA trade deadline went into effect, to try to keep Williams with the team; now they are without the veteran, as well as the sixth pick in the Draft, which could have filled one of the various holes that the roster has.