It's the day after, after the Nets lost in Game 6, after they lost the first round, after the end of a singularly frustrating season, 38 wins amid controversy, disappointment and at times, good old-fashioned boredom.
So what's the news? Other than Bobby Marks? While Brook Lopez and Thaddeus Young remained non-committal on their plans for free agency, Alan Anderson said he's opting out of his $1.33 million deal and will become a free agent. The Nets hold his Early Bird Rights so can sign him to any reasonable amount.
One interesting story: Young said he's going to watch what Lopez is going to do. For the Nets to have any possibility of a decent season next season, they'll have to sign both.
"I definitely want to see what the big fella’s gonna do," Young said. "But we’ve already been told that they expect us back next year, and they want us back next year, no matter if we pick up our options or opt out."
Lopez wasn't saying much about his future.
"I still haven’t met with Billy and Lionel yet, so we’ll see how that goes," Lopez said. "I’m sure it’s not going to be anything crazy, but, like I said, I haven’t thought about any of that stuff yet."
About his past, he said, "I like being here. I've enjoyed my time as a Net."
Hollins had nice things to say about Lopez, telling writers he could be a franchise player if he develops a post game. It seemed to be part of a coaching staff theme. After Friday's game, Devin Kharpertian overheard a conversation between a member of Hollins' staff the Nets most valuable player.
"You have another level to go to," said the assistant, according to Kharpertian. "We can make you great." Lopez, so often dissed by the only team he's ever played for, didn't go there, Kharpertian added. Lopez replied. "Uh-huh, yup, definitely," every few seconds.
Joe Johnson, who's been around the NBA for a while, was matter-of-fact about the immediate future (as only a player owed $24.9 million can be.)
"I have no idea," Joe Johnson replied when asked what he thought would happen. "Something’s going to happen. I don’t know what. I don’t see us coming back as the same team. This is my third year here. I could see if we were getting better each year, but it’s kind of been the opposite. So to not even be a .500 ball club in the East, it’s disheartening.
Mirza Teletovic, a restricted free agent, said he'll let his agent handle the details of his impending free agency but added he would like to return to Brooklyn.
"Last time I signed I was on a boat and I got a call from my agent and he said that you’re going there and I said OK,." he joked.
Deron Williams talked post-game Friday but wasn't available Saturday., but Holllins had something to say about him.
"He's not a franchise player anymore," Hollins said. "He's a good player, he's a solid player, but I don't think he's a franchise player anymore. That's just my opinion. He's a good player. I'm proud of the way he's bounced back and played, and there's so much pressure on him to be a franchise player, and everybody talks about a franchise player, but we need to have a franchise team."
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- Nets end disappointing season without clear way to improve - AP
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