2012 Free Agency
In an interview with Nate Duncan Thursday, Bobby Marks revealed just how much Mirza Teletovic wanted to play for the Nets in 2012 ... millions of dollars worth.
In a discussion of ESPN Radio in Salt Lake City Friday, sportscasters and the Jazz's leading beat writer agree that while Utah got some "intriguing pieces" for Deron Williams in 2011, Williams is a "superstar" and it's likely they lost the trade.
Brook Lopez is now the leading scorer among centers in the NBA and the 12th best scorer in the league overall. He's also in the top five of player efficiency, top ten in wins and value added. Good thing the Nets didn't lose him in the Dwightmare.
Bill Simmons takes on the NBA's profligate owners and GM's, categorizing the worst contracts in the league and singling out the Nets for having four of the worst 25: in ascending order, Hump, D-Will, Crash and at No. 1, Joe Johnson.
In an odd bit of coincidence, Hoopshype and Sports Illustrated named their "top 10 disappointments" and "most problematic contracts," respectively. Names familiar to Nets fans dot both lists ... Deron Williams, Joe Johnson, Gerald Wallace.
The Nets pursued Ersan Ilyasova last summer, even taking his agent, Andy Miller, on a tour of the then-incomplete Barclays Center. After the Nets traded for Joe Johnson and intermittently pursued Dwight Howard, he got lost in the shuffle. But now??
Andrei Kirilenko says he's staying in the NBA and likes the Timberwolves organization and his coach, Rick Adelman, indicating that he will not be opting out of his $10 million contract this June. The Nets made a late attempt to sign him in July.
It's not often a 24-year-old looks like a bargain so soon after signing a max contract. The Nets took a chance on Brook Lopez in July. Prodded by a rumored max offer from the Bobcats, the Nets threw $61 million over four at Lopez. He's been worth it
Keith Bogans has been hot lately. In the last five games before Saturday night's win over the Cavs, he shot 66.7 percent from three, 70.8 percent overall, the best percentages for NBA player over that stretch. But he almost signed with Chicago.
When the off-season was over, Billy King was getting a lot of praise for his work, but not as much as he should be getting now. It's not just the glitzy signings and big trades, it's the selection of bench players that have bolstered his reputation.
The nine players who make up the Nets bench are getting a grand total of $8.1 million this season, less than $1 million on average. Contributors like C.J. Watson and Andray Blatche are making vets minimums. Reggie Evans is making only slightly less.
Everyone knows that the Nets pursued Dwight Howard. However, Howard Beck writes Saturday about the Nets pursuit of Steve Nash this summer. He was one of two back-up plans if D-Will went elsewhere. How serious was his interest in Brooklyn? Not very.
We update our listing of the Nets trade assets, not that we hear there's a trade afoot! It's just that we haven't updated things since the last signings and cuts. We look at where the Nets are in terms of salary, draft picks, draft rights and cash.
Overall, you'd have to give them an "A" for the off-season, maybe even an A+. We grade each of the Nets moves since Billy King and Bobby Marks took over. We try to avoid "Incomplete" because you could give that grade to all the moves at this point.
Two years ago, Andrei Kirilenko was the only Russian in the NBA. Now, there are three: him, Timofey Mozgov and Alexey Shved. Expect more, says Kirilenko, in large part because of Mikhail Prokhorov. Russian scouts will bring their players to Brooklyn.
Mikhail Prokhorov is happy with the job his team did in putting together the Nets' roster, saying the cost is "reasonable," not "crazy." Talking to David Aldridge, he also spoke about the rivalry with the Knicks, saying it's great for the city.
Add NBA GM's to the list of those who expect the Nets to do well this season. The Nets were the runaway winner when GM's were asked which team is the most improved, season over season. The Nets also finished second in best off-season moves.
YES produced an hour of television and published a series of articles online Monday, previewing the Nets' 2012-13 season. Billy King talked about his off-season back-up plans if Deron Williams didnt sign while Avery Johnson talks chemistry
Right at the end of free agency, when the Nets had only a vets minimum left, the Nets talked to Andrei Kirilenko, hoping Mikhail Prokhorov could convince him to take a (Moscow) hometown discount. It didn't work out but AK-47 wishes Prokhorov well.
Billy King tells Adrian Wojnarowski that he knew early on in the D12 trade talks that he had a high hurdle to mount: in the history of superstar trades, for the most part, teams want to move their unhappy players across conference lines. He was right
At great risk of reopening old wounds and after careful consideration, we note that Dwight Howard offered commentary this weekend on what happened back in March
The Nets aren't talking much of a risk (how about none?) in signing Andray Blatche and Josh Childress to non-guaranteed one-year deals. But what about the reward?
Marshon Brooks reiterated his goal of beating James Harden for Sixth Man of the Year, but in telephone conversation from Moscow Thursday, the 6'5" shooting guard talked more about the team and its potential.