2010 Free Agency
Posts regarding free agency in the Summer of 2010.
in an ESPN roundtable, three of the network's top writers said they believe that Dwight Howard will wind up with the Nets.
Shawne Williams was in camp Friday and the Nets continue their recruiting of Andrei Kirilenko, but on Saturday afternoon, the starting small forward for the New Jersey Nets will be 23-year-old second year player, Damion James and he's not giving it up easily.
Adrian Wojnarowski reports late Tuesday that trade talks between the Nets, the Orlando Magic and possibly two other teams "have gathered momentum over the past several days, and the framework of a possible four-team deal" that would bring Dwight Howard to New Jersey "has taken shape."
A report out of Orlando quotes sources who say that Dwight Howard "may soon fire his agent and request a trade from the team." Meanwhile, David Aldridge reports that the Magic are "contemplating filing tampering charges against two unnamed NBA teams for illegal contact with its franchise center."
Kris and Kim can have their reality show, "Keeping up with the Kardashians", but soon enough, Sasha and Masha could be stars of another better watched reality show, "Breakfast at Wimbledon." After winning the Italian Open and making it to the semi-finals of the French, Maria Sharapova (aka Masha) is ready for The Big One.
Here's a story about Kris Humphries that has nothing to do with Kim Kardashian or reality TV. Darren Heitner of Sports Agent Blog writes that the Nets PF's decision to change agents had more to do with a personal connection than anything on-court.
Fred Kerber writes Sunday about how the Nets loved and lost LeBron James. On the day LeBron brings the Heat to Newark, the Post writer recounts how Mikhail Prokhorov, Jay-Z and the Nets basketball operations tried to lure James into a multi-year deal...and how they learned he wasn't coming.
When Mikhail Prokhorov was asked this weekend about signing Rusian players, as the Knicks did with Timofey Mozgov, he seemed very non-plussed by his rival's move into his terrority. "I am very glad the Knicks found the player they like, the second russian player in the NBA," he said matter-of-factly. Was he concerned?
NBA.com is ranking the off-season for all 30 of the league's teams and in spite of their inability to sign a major free agent, the author, John Schuhmann, puts the Nets' effort near the top of the pack with a B. Only two teams got an A and five others a B+.
If the Nets are going to follow Thunder Road (an appropriate Springsteen reference) and model themselves after Oklahoma City, they should focus not on acquiring Carmelo Anthony but developing chemistry.
Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated is the latest to try his hand at guaging how the Nets did in the off-season. He, like most, sees it as a big disappointment and gives the Nets a C-, better than the Raptors and only slightly worse than the Knicks in the Atlantic Division.
Why hold on to cap space when there are good players out there who could help you? It's all about being ready to move quickly should the opportunity to acquire a big star suddenly arise. The big reason is that every year, at the trade deadline and again on Draft Day, unhappy stars, even superstars, become available. We look at the history.
Adrian Wojnarowski, who has broken most of new on Nets moves this off-season, is now reporting that Sean May has agreed to a one-year--and apparently vets minimum contract with New Jersey. May, a 6'9" PF, averaged only 3.3. ppg and 1.9 rpg last season for the Kings.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports the Hawks have Josh Boone --along with Francisco Elson and Brian Skinner-- "on their radar" now that Shaquille O'Neal has signed with the Celtics. The Journal-Constitution indicates that Boone would have to accept the veteran's minimum.
Remember the speculation that Mikhail Prokhorov's ownership would lead to a wave of Russian players on the Nets? Didn't happen. In fact the only Russian to sign in the NBA did so with Knicks. Now, with Russia's best player deciding to stay home, it's unlikely there'll be any Russians on the team, but in the front office...
Brian Zoubek, a national champion but undrafted, has a lot of incentives to make the Nets, including becoming the 14th New Jersey native to make the team. He talks about the adjustments he'll have to make.
In a letter to the editor of USA Today, Mikhail Prokhorov defends LeBron James' decision to join Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh and create a super team in Miami. "I respect their choice, and no one has the right to judge them. I want to say that I support LeBron, the best athlete in the NBA. He had a truly difficult choice to make."
Maybe in the end, they will even out. ESPN has chosen one player at each position to be a "steal" and another to be an "overpay". Of the ten players, two are Nets: Anthony Morrow is the "steal" at shooting guard while Travis Outlaw is the "overpay" at small forward.