2013 Free Agency
Stories related to 2013 free agency
Jason Collins says he's uncertain if he'll return to the court next year, but admitted he wants to play a role in empowering people. Might the league enlist him in their marketing of the WNBA and NBA to the LGBT community? Seems like an ideal match.
Ray Allen fails to see a distinction between him leaving for Miami as a free agent and Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett agreeing to a trade. In an interview before the Heat loss in Boston, Allen lamented that his former teammates still wont talk to him.
Marc Stein, in assembling his no-trade team, reports two Nets have clauses in their contracts that would require Brooklyn to get permission to trade them: Kevin Garnett and Andray Blatche. The two came upon their no-trade status in different ways.
Mikhail Prokhorov, oligarch and Russian presidential hopeful, loves his Nets. "I felt like a big kid in the candy store, and I think that a lot of fans with me also to that candy store because there is a lot of excitement with what we did."
Boston Magazine talked to Danny Ainge about his decision to trade Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett --and let Doc Rivers go-- and although there's a lot of shorthand about the trade, the piece quotes Ainge on what he thinks Pierce and Garnett have left.
Andray Blatche, talking with YES, admits that he was nervous about his first preseason game in Brooklyn last year, The Nets faced his old team, the Wizards. The way he was treated that game and all last season made him realize Brooklyn was home.
Shaun Livingston says of Andrei Kirilenko that he "moves with a purpose." Livingston is referring to AK-47's court persona, but it could also apply to his decision-making off the court, taking less money to win and retiring from FIBA basketball.
In a cover piece in DuJour Magazine, Paul Pierce says he and his agent, Jeff Schwartz agreed even , before the big Draft Day trade that Brooklyn was his "best fit," if as expected the Celtics were going to trade him. In a cover piece in DuJour Magazi
Marko Jaric wanted a chance at a comeback. The Nets wanted another veteran in their training camp backcourt mix. He lives in Manhattan. They play in Brooklyn. So the Nets on Monday signed the 34-year-old Serbian point guard to a training camp deal.
Fred Kerber reports that at least one NBA owner requested a probe into the Nets signing of Andrei Kirilenko. The league undertook a thorough investigation but found no wrongdoing. It's the first indication that the NBA investigated the signing.
In a conversation with Bill Simmons, Danny Ainge talks about the trade that sent Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Jason Terry to the Nets, saying that a number of factors helped get the deal done, not the least of which was the "Schwartz Connection"
The Nets were criticized last year for not having enough heart. Now, with guys like Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett --and Shaun Livingston who's work hard to recover from a career-defining injury, the Nets shouldn't have to worry about that anymore..
Fran Blinebury of NBA.com lists his top five candidates for executive of the year and puts Billy King right after Daryl Morey of the Rockets, who came away with the big prize of the off-season, Dwight Howard. Blinebury admires King's risk-taking.
The Nets are loaded upfront. No doubt about it. Behind Kevin Garnett and Brook Lopez the likes of Andray Blatche and Reggie Evans should keep the team afloat in the depths of the East. Did they build it to challenge the Heat? Sure looks it.
Sean Deveney, in his Eastern Conference preview, writes of all the usual reasons why Nets fans should be concerned: Jason Kidd is a rookie coach and Kevin Garnett, Andrei Kirilenko and Paul Pierce are injury-prone. Still, he picks the Nets to win.
It's that time of year. Free agency is over. A few minor trades dot the webscape, some so small even Woj isn't interested enough to break them. So it's time for predictions and rankings and depth charts and myriad of other crystal-ball gazing
Like Walt Frazier said, it's the fans that create rivalries, but players can help and that's what's happening around New York, despite some "tut-tuts" from writers who think it's all so silly. The latest salvo was fired Wednesday by Spike Lee.
Mirza Teletovic, interviewed after Bosnia lost to Russia in a Eurobasket friendly, said he hopes to get an opportunity to prove himself at the beginning of next season and said the front office has assembled "a roster for two great NBA teams."