Brooklyn, who have been linked to both Joe Johnson and Dwight Howard, re-signed Gerald Wallace, who they acquired from the Portland Trail Blazers in a mid-season deal, to a 4-year $40 million contract.
What makes the signing so bizarre is the Nets gave up the No. 6 overall pick to Portland in order to acquire Wallace, but if they were willing to pay him this much money, they surely could have signed him as a free agent this summer and kept their lottery pick.
Wallace, a 6'8 230 swing forward, depends on athleticism to thrive, and as he loses foot-speed in his early 30's, his contract may end up becoming an albatross on Brooklyn's cap.
But for now, it's a signing the Nets front office can show to their biggest star to prove that they are committed to building an elite team around him.