Andy Katz reported Thursday morning that the Nets have made their decision and it's Derrick Favors, the 6'10" PF from Georgia Tech. One reason: they believe Favors' rights would be a more valuable piece than those of Wesley Johnson in a sign-and-trade for a top free agent.
"According to a source with knowledge of the selection, the Nets made the decision because they are not guaranteed to get a power forward like Utah's Carlos Boozer, Toronto's Chris Bosh or Phoenix's Amare Stoudemire in free agency," wrote Katz, adding, "Favors is also the most tradeable asset available to the Nets for a possible deal -- more so than Johnson. The source said the Nets might make a deal Thursday night after selecting Favors or wait to see if one comes in July during the free-agency period."
But by early afternoon, Adrian Wojnarowski reported that the Nets were willing to entertain offers for the pick, with the Pistons one possible suitor. Woj reported that nothing seemed to be happening...at least yet...with the talks.
"Rod doesn’t love that spot right now," a source with knowledge of the Nets’ thinking told Woj. "He’s willing to get out of there and go down." Thorn plans to draft Favors, the Georgia Tech freshman, he reported. "Nevertheless, Favors is still seen as a young prospect who will likely have to wait two years to develop into a productive player. For the right package, sources said Thorn would be willing to drop down and take Greg Monroe or Baylor’s Epke Udoh."