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Nets Looking for Big Men (Not Online)

From the New York Times:

The Nets have three picks in tonight's draft and have big men at the top of their wish list. But with the 22nd, 23rd and 54th selections, it is doubtful that the likes of Cedric Simmons, Patrick O'Bryant, Hilton Armstrong or Saer Sene will still be available.

Rod Thorn, the team president, said that the Nets had spoken with teams with picks in the top 15 but that they were not close to a trade.

''I couldn't even surmise what we're going to do tomorrow,'' Thorn said yesterday.

''We've talked to several teams, but as of right now, we haven't been able to get it done. I think the teams we're talking to, they have players they want.''

If the Nets are forced to take a second-tier big man, they will probably look to Connecticut's Josh Boone, U.C.L.A.'s Ryan Hollins or Florida State's Alexander Johnson.

The Nets are also in need of a backup for point guard Jason Kidd. They have worked out Jay Williams, the former Duke standout who played one season with the Chicago Bulls before being injured in a motorcycle accident in the summer of 2003. But Thorn said he wanted to see what direction his team went in the draft before making a decision on Williams.

The Nets have also worked out U.C.L.A. guard Jordan Farmar and list Villanova's Kyle Lowry and Cincinnati's James White among the perimeter players that interest them. JOHN ELIGON (NYT)