Nets Very Optimistic After Thursday; In "Pretty Strong" Position for Nene

On the surface, and on talk radio, the Nets would seem to have had a bad day Tuesday, but the front office remains "quietly confident" they are making progress in free agency..."very optimistic" in the words of one league executive.

In particular, league sources told Fred Kerber that the Nets are aggressive in the pursuit of Nene Hilario and Tyson Chandler with their chances of getting Nene rated as "pretty strong," perhaps in the lead. Chandler, Kerber writes, is "waiting to see what the Nets want to do". A trade for Dwight Howard is still possible but the Magic aren't jumping at the chance.

As for Deron Williams' decision to opt out of his contract, the Nets were pleased to see that Jeff Schwartz noted, "It has nothing to do with how much he likes New Jersey.," and not long after, Williams himself tweeted, "Don't know why people are tripping just bc I'm opting out doesn't mean that I won't resign with the nets!"

Afterwards, Billy King said in a statement, "Jeff Schwartz and I had spoken about Deron’s contract situation and I am very comfortable with their decision".

As Kerber wrote, unless Williams thinks $42,711,249 as "chump change", he'd be that much better off to wait six months. Meanwhile, Stefan Bondy reports that Kris Humphries agent believes the Nets have legitimate interest in his client and several other new names were added to the mix. The Nets have reached out to both Grant Hill, a Knicks target, and Boki Nachbar, who wants to return after two years in Europe, says Kerber. They've also contacted agents for Rasual Butler and Josh McRoberts, says Al Iannazzone.

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