Are the Nets gearing up for 2010 off season or being cheap?

Marcus Henry | 4/12/2011, 4:35 p.m.

With the Nets set to embark on a road to a new arena, many are beginning to question owner Bruce Ratner's committment to winning.

Was the trade of Vince Carter a salary dump or a move to get them under the cap for the 2010 offseason? What about Richard Jefferson? And the Jason Kidd trade?

At first glance it would seem as if the Nets were going on the cheap to get ready to build the new arena. A deeper look into it would reveal the truth.

The trade of Carter was a long time coming. Nets president Rod Thorn admitted on WFAN last year that if he knew he was going to trade Kidd, the team would have went in a different direction with regard to the re-signing of Carter. Carter is owed $33.6 million over the next two seasons, with a $4 million buyout for the 2011-12 season. Moving him was something that was in the works for a long time.

The trade of Jefferson was a head scratcher. But since the Nets couldn't move Carter's contract, the next logical step was to move Jefferson's deal. Seeing Jefferson go hurt the most. Aside from being the Nets most versatile athlete, he was also a great quote and great in the locker room.

As for the Kidd trade, we all know what that was about. Kidd didn't want to be apart of a rebuilding movement. He wanted to be part of a winner and practically forced the Nets to move him. The trade turned out to be just what the Nets needed as they got Devin Harris in return.

So are the Nets being cheap? Yes and no. The Nets cap number is currently at $54.71 million. Next season that number will be at $15.6 million. Of course the team will be completely gutted. But that will give Thorn the ammunition to make a huge splash in free agency. And that is just what the Nets will need to move into their new building.