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.
- Deron Williams won't sign with Nets before becoming free agent - Fred Kerber - New York Post
- Nets’ chances ‘pretty strong’ to land Nene - Fred Kerber - New York Post
Paul, other players have no leverage to force deal - Peter Vecsey - New York Post
- Deron Williams will not sign extension but doesn't rule out future with NJ Nets - Stefan Bondy - New York Daily News
- Unlike Kim Kardashian, Nets want Kris Humphries back - Stefan Bondy - New York Daily News
Pressing matters facing the Nets - Al Iannazzone - The Nets Insider
GM Billy King is thinking free agent centers - Al Iannazzone - The Record
- The Ball Still Belongs to the Stars - Howard Beck - New York Times
- D-Will: The Real Winner Of the Lockout - Sekou Smith - NBA.com
No need to worry about D-Will just yet - Mike Mazzeo - ESPN New York
- CP3 drama and other free-agent buzz - Ken Berger - CBS Sports
- Deron Williams turns down extension with Nets, may not be leaving - Kurt Helin - NBC Sports
- Deron Williams: Opting Out Does Not Mean I Won’t Re-Sign With Nets - Zach Lowe - Sports Illustrated
Deron Williams won't sign extension with Nets, sets precedent for stars - Sean Deveney - Sporting News