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Spurs Model Takes Nets Overseas

We've written before (and will probably write again) about how the Nets would like the Spurs model, at least after getting the requisite superstars. After all, Avery Johnson, Mario Elie and P.J. Carlesimo plus video coordinator Patrick Spurgin all worked under Gregg Popovich.

One part of the Spurs success is finding "diamonds in the rough". Other than Tim Duncan, no Spur was a lottery pick and 10 played in Europe before joining San Antonio. So, it shouldn't be surprising that a lot of the Nets activity this off-season (their first full off-season under Billy King as GM) has been directed at scouring Europe and elsewhere for complementary players, like Bojan Bogdanovic, Mirza Teletovic, Alexei Shved; setting up a Draft combine; a free agent mini-camp, etc.

The latest move in that direction, according to a Spanish sports site, is veteran European point guard Carlos Cabezas, who reportedly will travel to New York at the end of the month to work out for the Knicks and Nets.