It was two years ago that Rod Thorn unexpectedly dealt Richard Jefferson to the Bucks for Yi Jianlian and Bobby Simmons and a year ago that he did the same with Vince Carter, sending the team captain and Ryan Anderson to the Magic for Courtney Lee, Rafer Alston and Tony Battie. Don't expect Devin Harris to share the same fate. "The expectation is that he will be here," Thorn said of Harris.
Still, with more rumors out there than ever before and free agency driving a lot of decisions, it would be surprising if the Nets weren't involved in their share. Putting aside the possibility of a trade--Yi Jianlian's name comes up most often, there are reports of the Nets trying to move up to #19 by trading their two late picks to Boston, offering Keyon Dooling's attractive buyout package, demanding the #23 pick from the Timberwolves and simply buying a second round pick. Then, there's the big rumor that the Nets made an offer for Chris Paul, which team officials deny.
As of Thursday morning, Derrick Favors looks like the heavy favorite (we must overcome this) at #3 with Wesley Johnson, DeMarcus Cousins and Greg Monroe barely in the mix.
Thorn looks to coordinate draft picks, free agency ambitions - Dave D'Alessandro - Star-Ledger
Dave D's mock NBA Draft 2010 - Dave D'Alessandro - Star-Ledger
Thorn not showing his hand - Fred Kerber - New York Post
Favors fine fit for Nets - George Willis - New York Post
All hands on deck for draft - Lenn Robbins - New York Post
Nets in position to wheel and deal - Julian Garcia - New York Daily News
Mock 2010 NBA draft: Georgia Tech's Derrick Favors to Nets, Syracuse's Wes Johnson to Minnesota - Mitch Lawrence - New York Daily News
Paul untouchable? Owner signals differently - Adrian Wojnarowski - Yahoo! Sports
Nets keeping focus on free agent moves - Al Iannazzone - The Record
Nervous Nets wait on Thorn - Al Iannazzone - The Record
NBA Draft preview: small forwards - Steve Adamek - The Record
Draft preview: Ranking the power forwards - David Aldridge - NBA.com
Nets Have Intriguing Draft Options - Scott Cacciola - Wall Street Journal
Derrick Favors Ready To Contribute (Video) - Andy Katz - ESPN
Wesley Johnson: True Professional (Video) - Andy Katz - ESPN
DeMarcus Cousins Changing Perceptions (Video) - Andy Katz - ESPN
Plot thickens as NBA draft arrives for Timberwolves - Ray Richardson - St. Paul Pioneer Press
Utah Jazz notebook: Nets have interest in Carlos Boozer — or not - Tim Buckley - Deseret News
2010 Draft Preview (Page 1 of 3) - Ben Couch - New Jersey Nets