NBA Free Agency: Yi Trade Puts Nets On Par With Bulls And Heat

June 29th, 2010 by Brian Chappatta Leave a reply »
The Washington Wizards are sure making free agency interesting.

After agreeing to take Kirk Hinrich off the Bulls' hands, the Wizards agreed Tuesday to acquire Yi Jianlian from the Nets for basically nothing.

The Nets save a few million dollars in the process, putting themselves about $30 million under the salary cap.

That few million could have a big ripple effect among the teams that are all-in this offseason.

That's because the Nets have a solid supporting cast still under contract. One that is better than the Knicks', and is equally as talented as the young Bulls players.

Devin Harris is a quality point guard and Brook Lopez is an emerging talent at center. I'd give Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah a slight, slight advantage because they have been to the playoffs together and actually put together a reasonably successful season.

The Nets are coming off a 12-win season.

Then again, they also got Derrick Favors in the draft, who could end up being the best player in the 2010 draft class. They have young pieces to build around.

They are also moving to Brooklyn in a few years, playing on a s ...

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