The Nets have lost another two of their top free agent targets and again the price tag is a lot higher than expected. Caron Butler has reached an agreement with the Clippers for three years and $24 million, tweets David Aldridge. Also, Tayshaun Prince has re-signed with the Pistons for four years and $30 million, Adrian Wojnarowski tweets.
Rich Bucher reports that the Nets bid $30 million over four years but the preferred the Clippers' bid whose annual salaries were higher.
The Clipper agreement means Butler will get more than the $7 million that the Nets were rumored to be offering, but which team officials had hinted yesterday was inaccurate. Butler, 31, is coming off a ruptured patella tendon. Butler was in New Jersey the past two days.
Prince signed with Detroit at what is considered a high price for a 31-year-old who's had difficulties the last two seasons. That leaves, as of 4 p.m., ET Thursday, only of the Nets four top targets, Nene Hilario, still unsigned. Nene is still being pursued by the Nets, Pacers, Warriors, Jazz and Nuggets.