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Expect the Unexpected

It was two years ago that Rod Thorn unexpectedly dealt Richard Jefferson to the Bucks for Yi Jianlian and Bobby Simmons and a year ago that he did the same with Vince Carter, sending the team captain and Ryan Anderson to the Magic for Courtney Lee, Rafer Alston and Tony Battie.  Don't expect Devin Harris to share the same fate.  "The expectation is that he will be here," Thorn said of Harris.

Still, with more rumors out there than ever before and free agency driving a lot of decisions, it would be surprising if the Nets weren't involved in their share.  Putting aside the possibility of a trade--Yi Jianlian's name comes up most often, there are reports of the Nets trying to move up to #19 by trading their two late picks to Boston, offering Keyon Dooling's attractive buyout package, demanding the #23 pick from the Timberwolves and simply buying a second round pick. Then, there's the big rumor that the Nets made an offer for Chris Paul, which team officials deny.

As of Thursday morning, Derrick Favors looks like the heavy favorite (we must overcome this) at #3 with Wesley Johnson, DeMarcus Cousins and Greg Monroe barely in the mix.

  • Thorn looks to coordinate draft picks, free agency ambitions - Dave D'Alessandro - Star-Ledger
  • Dave D's mock NBA Draft 2010 - Dave D'Alessandro - Star-Ledger
  • Thorn not showing his hand - Fred Kerber - New York Post
  • Favors fine fit for Nets - George Willis - New York Post
  • All hands on deck for draft - Lenn Robbins - New York Post 
  • Nets in position to wheel and deal - Julian Garcia - New York Daily News
  • Mock 2010 NBA draft: Georgia Tech's Derrick Favors to Nets, Syracuse's Wes Johnson to Minnesota - Mitch Lawrence - New York Daily News
  • Paul untouchable? Owner signals differently - Adrian Wojnarowski - Yahoo! Sports
  • Nets keeping focus on free agent moves - Al Iannazzone - The Record
  • Nervous Nets wait on Thorn - Al Iannazzone - The Record
  • NBA Draft preview: small forwards - Steve Adamek - The Record
  • Draft preview: Ranking the power forwards - David Aldridge -
  • Nets Have Intriguing Draft Options - Scott Cacciola - Wall Street Journal
  • Derrick Favors Ready To Contribute (Video) - Andy Katz - ESPN
  • Wesley Johnson: True Professional (Video) - Andy Katz - ESPN
  • DeMarcus Cousins Changing Perceptions (Video) - Andy Katz - ESPN
  • Plot thickens as NBA draft arrives for Timberwolves - Ray Richardson - St. Paul Pioneer Press
  • Utah Jazz notebook: Nets have interest in Carlos Boozer — or not - Tim Buckley - Deseret News
  • 2010 Draft Preview (Page 1 of 3) - Ben Couch - New Jersey Nets