King Scouts, Murphy Waits and Barron Moves Ahead of Morrison

PHOENIX - DECEMBER 03: Earl Barron #30 of the Phoenix Suns high fives teammate Steve Nash #13 during the NBA game against the Indiana Pacers at US Airways Center on December 3 2010 in Phoenix Arizona. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that by downloading and or using this photograph User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

In their post-game notes, Fred Kerber and Al Iannazzone report on player personnel moves from scouting college games to signing 10-day contracts and finding a new home for Troy Murphy.

--Iannazzone reports that Billy King appears to be spending more time scouting than worrying about whether Masai Ujiri will call.  In the last week, King has scouted: Kentucky-Tennessee, Duke-North Carolina and Baylor-Texas. That would mean the Nets GM looked at Harrison Barnes, Terrence Jones, Perry Jones, Jordan Hamilton, and Kyle Singler, among others. King (and Bobby Marks) had previously scouted Jared Sullinger.

--Kerber reports that the Nets have moved beyond the idea of signing Adam Morrison and are now interested in a big man, with former Knick Earl Barron mentioned prominently. Barron, a 29-year-old journeyman, last played for Phoenix earlier this season.  Morrison was nearly a Net a month ago, but hurt his ankle, which he's still rehabbing.

--Iannazzone adds that the Nets are looking for an expiring contract in return for Murphy but are willing to take on a younger player with a year left on his contract.  Iannazzone reports King told him, "We’re exploring. We’re looking, but we’re not going to make a trade just to make a trade."

--Kerber adds that Damion James is excited about returning to the game, possibly as early as Wednesday, that his layoff has given him a greater appreciation of the game and his situation.  "The game is great. It means a lot to me, and I realize that more now."  And Kerber colleague Peter Vecsey still thinks Carmelo Anthony will be a Net.

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