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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- Nets notes: GM Billy King on scouting mission - Al Iannazone - The Record
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