For the past several days, Nets insiders have been increasingly pessimistic about signing Kyle Korver, but refusing to raise the white flag of surrender. Tuesday, a flurry of high-priced signings made them even more so. Now Chris Broussard tweets that the Nets are out of the picture for the sweet-shooting Korver.
Source: nets out of the running for Kyle Korver— Chris Broussard (@Chris_Broussard) July 3, 2013
Nets don't have enough $ to offer him. Big liss— Chris Broussard (@Chris_Broussard) July 3, 2013
The Nets are limited to offering Korver $3.2 million --and $10 million over three-- while the market looks like its double that, particularly after Martell Webster got $22 million over four from the Wizards. If Korver had signed with the Nets, it would have been his smallest salary since 2004-05. Considering he is the NBA's best three point shooter over the past four seasons and at 32, this is likely his last contract, it was always a long-shot, despite his personal connections to Deron Williams and Billy King.
Marc Stein reports the big competing offer is a three-year, $20 million contract from the Bucks, twice what the Nets could offer.
Why do Nets now believe they no shot at sharpshooter Kyle Korver? Word is Bucks, for one, offering Korver three-year deal worth $20 million— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 3, 2013
If Korver will be signing elsewhere, who's in the Nets sights? Expect them to revisit signing Bojan Bogdanovic, as well as looking at players like Marco Belinelli (who like Korver is a Jeff Schwartz client) and Carlos Delfino.
Davide Chinellato, NBA reporter for the Italy's leading sports publication, La Gazzetta dello Sport, initially tweeted that Belinelli has the Nets and Pacers "at the top of his list."
#Nets now should switch to Marco Belinelli. A source told me the Italian has Brooklyn and #Pacers at the top of his list #NBA— Davide Chinellato (@dchinellato) July 3, 2013
Later, Chinellato reported that the two sides have mutual interest. Then, not long after, this...
#Nets are not longer pursuing Marco Belinelli, a source told me. The Italian is talking w #Pacers, but no offer yet #NBA— Davide Chinellato (@dchinellato) July 3, 2013
Meanwhile, Adrian Wojnarowski reports, "Chauncey Billups, 36, has been receiving interest in free agency from the Cleveland Cavaliers, San Antonio Spurs, Dallas Mavericks, Sacramento Kings, Brooklyn Nets and Minnesota Timberwolves, a source told Yahoo! Sports."