Billy King spoke with the beat reporters on Tuesday and said that while everyone seems spun up about trade rumors, he isn't. In the NBA race, King seems himself as the tortoise. Fred Kerber described his mentality as slow and steady...noting that the Nets DO have contingency plans if the Carmelo Anthony deal falls through.
"You can’t be short-sighted and do something quickly just to make people think, ‘Oh OK, now they’re doing something,’" King said. "You want to do something that’s long lasting." As for questions about 'Melo wanting to join a team of superstars, the Nets veteran GM, said what's important is "to show them you’ve got a franchise headed in the right direction." He added that he thought that despite their 9-24 record, the Nets are moving forward.
Avery Johnson added the Nets will "absolutely" sign a player, not yet identified, to a 10-day contract. Wednesday is the first day teams can sign players to those short-term deals, but nothing is imminent. As for health issues, Jordan Farmar and Troy Murphy were back at practice and Anthony Morrow said his return is closer than people think.
- GM says Nets doing 'helluva job' - Fred Kerber - New York Post Nets Blog
- Billy King, Nets have other options besides Carmelo Anthony - Colin Stephenson - Nets Blast
- Brook Lopez doesn't have the knack for rebounding, says Billy King. But rival GMs still gushing - Stefan Bondy - The InterNets
- Nets GM focusing on the future - Pete Caldera - The Record
Nets GM sensing no worry or hurry - Stefan Bondy - New York Daily News