Augustin might be part of trade talks
I hear if this four-team trade scenario involving the Charlotte Bobcats comes to pass, D.J. Augustin might also be on the way out.
One source -- and not one connected to the Bobcats, so take this as less than certain -- said Augustin would go to the New Jersey Nets and Diaw would go to the Utah Jazz as part of that mega-deal intended to bring Carmelo Anthony to New Jersey.
Here's what I've heard, and take it for granted this is a work-in-progress that might never be consummated:
Anthony ends up a Net, as does Augustin. Devin Harris, as you've already heard, would end up a Bobcat, presumably their starting point guard. I'm also told, for some technical reason, the Bird rights to free agent Jarvis Hayes might move from the Nets to the Bobcats. Derrick Favors and Andrei Kirilenko end up in Denver and Quinton Ross ends up with the Jazz.
If your reaction to all this is, "Wow, that's a lot of moving parts,'' then your reaction is the same as mine. These complex multi-team/multi-player deals are hard to pull off, and this one has an added complication: Everything hinges on convincing Anthony to commit to a reconfigured Nets roster for the long haul. There's no way Billy King gives up so much unless he has Anthony under a contract extension as part of the deal.
But as far as giving up Augustin in a deal that acquires Harris, I'd say Shaun Livingston can be a solid backup and Augustin might deserve a fresh start in New Jersey. That would certainly be preferable to Livingston and Augustin fighting it out for backup minutes.