Friday, August 13, 2010
Ultimately, I don't think anything can be realized until the season starts, and I feel like tension would only develop if the Nets keep losing.
What do you all think?
Breakdown of the Nets' portion of the deal:
Troy Murphy (from Indiana)
Courtney Lee (to Houston)
Saturday, July 24, 2010
+Nets 2011 1st Round Pick (From Warriors M. Williams Trade)
First, why NO wont:
Chris Paul is the face of the franchise. He is the leader that brought them back after Katrina and the soul of the team. Plus, there is no need for another PG, with the emergence of sophomore Daren Collison.
Why they would:
Chris Paul is expensive. The team just got sold and they are looking to cut costs. Okafor's contract is a whale, and at this point, it would probably be better to blow it up and rebuild. Darren Collison is good, but he still needs to develop his decision making. Devin Harris' contract only has 2 more years left, and that could be enough time. CP3 is likely to leave when he can opt out anyway, so they might as well get something good for him. Terrence Williams is a tremendous talent that could be the wing player they are looking for because Peja is pretty much done. Humphries is an expiring contract, and the pick is likely to be good. (come on, it's from GS)
Why the Nets would:
CP3 is the all-star the Nets are looking for. He could lead this young squad and be a monster on both ends. Okafor is a defensive stalwart, and had some very productive years in Charlotte. He could focus on D and let Lopez develop his post game.
Why the Nets would not:
Okafor's contract is long, and this could stunt Favors' growth. Also, the Hornets would most likely want Favors in any deal. That being said, the only way they are going to get CP3 is if they take on Okafor's contract too.
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
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Wednesday, July 14, 2010
From "The Decision" to Carlos Boozer spurning the Nets, I thought I would gather a list of some of the more interesting free agents left on the market that I think could fit in well on the Nets.
Small Forwards - As of now, Travis Outlaw is the Nets' starting SF. Avery Johnson has considered playing Damion James at the 3, but he still has to work on his quickness to be able to guard the position. Johnson also said that he would not be playing Terrence Williams at the 3. I am not completely sold on Outlaw as a starter, so here are a few free agent stars and one project that I think could work in New Jersey.
* Josh Howard - Howard fell from grace quickly in Dallas with injury and attitude problems, and was traded to Washington in February for Caron Butler. He flourished in Dallas under Avery Johnson, maybe it could happen again. If the Nets get him on a short, cheap contract, Outlaw could start at the 4 while Derrick Favors develops. He has been very underrated in this free agency period, and may come cheap.
* Tracy McGrady - Tracy McGrady still has something left in the tank, I do believe that. Most coaches do too, and wouldn't leave him single-teamed or wide open. Plus, I think he could sell come tickets. He is looking for some minutes and would come much cheaper than his $20+ million salary from last season.
* Richard Jefferson - One of the best Nets in the past decade. He is strong, can cut well, and is hungry to prove himself after a terrible season. He really wants to play in the area. The only downside is that he is going to want a long contract for security. He may have been a better pickup than Outlaw, but is probably out of the Nets' price range.
*Joe Alexander - I really really wanted the Nets to get Alexander in the RJ trade two seasons ago. He came in to the NBA in the Richard Jefferson mold; a long, nice shooting forward with plenty of vertical leap. He didn't get the proper development in Milwaukee and Chicago, and is looking for a second chance.
Fun fact: He was born in, and spent most of his life in China... Where the Nets just happen play in the preseason and just lost a connection to the market by trading Yi.
Monday, July 12, 2010
Nets agree to terms with Lakers G Jordan Farmar
New Jersey added another low-profile free agent Sunday after the NBA’s worst team last season, with more than $30 million to spend, struck out in its bid to lure LeBron James(notes), Chris Bosh(notes) or Dwyane Wade(notes).
The 6-foot-2, 180-pound Farmar averaged 6.9 points and 2.1 assists in 18.1 minutes in four years with the Lakers.
The agreement is contingent on Farmar passing a physical.
Sunday, July 11, 2010
Power Forwards - It is no secret that the Nets have been lacking at the PF position since the departure of Kenyon Martin to Denver in 2004. Derrick Favors needs time to develop, but until then, they need someone to battle alongside Brook Lopez.
* Luis Scola (Restricted) - Scola had a great season in Houston this year with Yao out, averaging 16/9. He is also a warrior, playing in a 246/246 games in his three NBA seasons. He is a 7-footer and legitimate starter and would be the perfect fit for NJ. The one catch is that he is a Restricted Free-Agent, and Houston has the right to, and probably will match any offer put out for him.
*Al Harrington - I am a really big fan of Harrington because he can play big, but also shoot the ball well. He can get buckets, spread the floor, and rebound if he really wants to. It doesn't hurt that he is a New Jersey native.
*Udonis Haslem - Haslem is a long shot, as he committed to sign wherever Dwayne Wade did this off season. The Nets have been in contact with his agent, and if they are able to sign him away, he could be the perfect compliment to Brook Lopez. He is tough, stubborn, and battle tested.
*Brian Scalabrine - "Veal", as he was affectionately known during his time in New Jersey, was a fan favorite. He didn't do much in his five years in Boston, but if the Nets can get him for the minimum, he could provide a consistent punchline throughout the season.
From "The Decision" to Carlos Boozer spurning the Nets on Thursday, I thought I would gather a list of some of the more interesting free agents left on the market that I think could fit in well on the Nets.
Centers - The Nets need to toughen up the front line and get Brook Lopez a solid backup.
* Shaquille O’Neal - One of the best big men to ever play in the NBA. He is at the end of his playing career and could be willing to come off of the bench. He has the experience to mentor Brook Lopez well, and the personality to provide attention for Prokhy. Plus, the Nets will be playing in his hometown of Newark for the next two years.
* Fabricio Oberto - A serviceable big man that played well alongside Tim Duncan in San Antonio. He is older (35) and kind of slow, but can be solid for 15 minutes per night and a big body in the middle.
* Francisco Elson - Elson had some solid stints in Denver and San Antonio a few seasons ago. He has been a career backup behind the likes of Marcus Camby, Andrew Bogut, and Tim Duncan, and could be a good veteran big to have on the bench.
* Zydrunas Ilgauskas - Big Z was forced in to a reserve role behind Shaq last season in Cleveland. Upset by the Jamison trade in February, but especially with the departure of LBJ, it looks like he could be headed elsewhere. He can still contribute, and he is a great team leader.
Saturday, July 10, 2010
The Nets did not announce the terms of the deal Saturday, but an NBA official with knowledge of the agreement tells The Associated Press the contract is for $10 million over three years. The official requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak for the team.
The agreement is contingent on Petro passing a physical.
“We are very pleased to add Johan to our roster,” said Thorn. “He is a young player with a defensive presence who should fit well into our frontcourt rotation.”
A native of Paris, Petro averaged 3.4 points, 3.6 rebounds and 12.1 minutes for the Nuggets..."