The tweets came fast and furious after midnight, as free agency opened in the NBA. And as expected, the two Nets free agents attracting the most interest are Shaun Livingston, who the Nets can only offer $10 million, the mini-MLE, and Paul Pierce, who the Nets can offer more than anyone.
As for Andray Blatche, all indications are that the Nets are not interested in extending him, with one Nets insider saying he's not the kind of player to whom you extend a long-term commitment. The Nets could be interested in working a sign-and-trade with him, but the question is what's the market? No word yet on Alan Anderson, who the Nets would like to retain.
Zach Lowe described the basic problem in Monday's Grantland extravaganza on the Nets problems, noting that Blatche's "personal leave" was Kidd's way of suspending the often-troubled center.
The Nets couched Blatche’s absence as due to "personal reasons," but Kidd really booted him out of concerns over his conditioning and preparedness, per multiple sources familiar with the matter. The timetable on Blatche’s absence was open-ended; Kidd told Blatche to come back only when he was ready to play. It was a suspension in all but name.
Summing up the news overnight:
Livingston, who reportedly has several offers larger than what the Nets can offer, is likely gone, said a league source. But where? Marc Stein reports the Kings, Hornets, Timberwolves, Magic and Spurs are all interested in the 6'7" point guard. The loss of Jason Kidd hurts the Nets big time in that competition. The Nets would not be surprised if the Bucks made a call as well.
The recent controversy over Jason Kidd is giving teams, particularly the Clippers --and their coach, Doc Rivers, confidence he can be had for less money than the Nets will offer, reportedly $6 million to $8 million. In fact, Ken Berger reports that the Nets will see what the market is for Pierce before making him a firm offer. Among the teams besides the Clippers that are likely to offer Pierce a contract are the Trail Blazers, Grizzlies, Bulls, Mavericks and Rockets. In several of those cases, teams see Pierce as a back-up plan if their first choice among top free agents goes elsewhere.
While Blatche may be telling people he's headed to New Orleans, the Pelicans leading beat writer says there's no interest.
What free agents might the Nets, with their limited flexibility, pursue? Alex Kennedy writes Brooklyn native Sebastian Telfair got a call and NetsDaily has been told that the team remains interested in wooing Bojan Bogdanovic if Livingston does depart.
Here are the best tweets on the Nets from overnight, laying out the competition. We will be updating through Tuesday and remember, Billy King will speak to the media at 10 a.m.
Sacramento, Charlotte, Minnesota, Orlando and the champs from San Antonio all calling, I'm told, about Brooklyn free agent Shaun Livingston— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 1, 2014
Nets are limited by what they can pay to keep Livingston after all that luxury tax they paid. Bound to struggle to re-sign him at this rate— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 1, 2014
All of the teams @ESPNSteinLine tweeted have contacted Shaun Livingston have one thing in common: all can offer him more money than Nets.— Tim Bontemps (@TimBontemps) July 1, 2014
Clippers, I'm told, believe they have real chance of stealing Paul Pierce away from Nets now that Jason Kidd no longer coaching in Brooklyn— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 1, 2014
Blazers, Grizzlies, Bulls, Mavericks, Rockets ... teams I'm told called tonight to register interest in Brooklyn's Paul Pierce BESIDES Clips— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 1, 2014
Nets reached out as soon as negotiating window opened to their own free agents Paul Pierce, Shaun Livingston and Alan Anderson, source says.— Ken Berger (@KBergCBS) July 1, 2014
Brooklyn not expected to make immediate offer to Pierce, source says. Team's commitment to 36-year-old will be dictated by market.— Ken Berger (@KBergCBS) July 1, 2014
Clippers think making move on Paul Pierce is strong possibility with Jason Kidd out of Brooklyn. Pierce played for Doc in Boston, sources— Brad Turner (@BA_Turner) July 1, 2014
Clippers also have interest in Paul Pierce and Spencer Hawes & retaining their own FAs, Collison, Granger, Glen Davis— Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) July 1, 2014
On the Nets' interests...
The Grizzlies, Nets, Spurs and Thunder have expressed in free agent Sebastian Telfair, per source. He played in China last season.— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) July 1, 2014
Andray Blatche has been telling people around the league that he may end up with the New Orleans Pelicans, according to sources.— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) July 1, 2014
Unless something changed,a league source said 10 days ago the Pelicans won't pursue signing Andray Blatche in free agency.— John Reid (@JohnReid64) July 1, 2014
The big news out of the early morning recruiting: the Cavaliers and Kyrie Irving came to an agreement on a max contract, five years and $90 million. The agreement provides the Cave with stability going forward.
- Attention, shoppers! Free agency opens in the NBA - AP
- 5 things to know about Brooklyn Nets free agency - Mike Mazzeo - ESPN New York
Analysis: Why the Nets must retain Pierce - Ohm Youngmisuk - ESPN New York
- 5 free-agent targets Nets could land - Mike Mazzeo - ESPN New York
- Free agents Pierce, Livingston in flux after Kidd exits Nets - Tim Bontemps - New York Post
- What's next for the Nets' free agents? - Devin Kharpertian - The Brooklyn Game