Tag:New Jersey Nets
Posted on: March 6, 2011 3:43 pm

David West finds Nets 'interesting'

Posted by Royce Young

David West is an unrestricted free agent this summer and hasn't been shy about saying he wants to explore some options. The power forward has always been happy playing with the Hornets and Chris Paul, but is still going to look around a bit.

He was asked about the New Jersey Nets and told the Star Ledger that he finds them intriguing.

"I think that team, obviously, is a lot more interesting than they were," West said. "They were so young before they made that deal, and nobody saw that deal coming. I don't know. I know it's a team that has some (cap) space and a need, but it's ... like I said, when the time comes, we'll see what's out there. Again, at this point in my career, money won't really be the number one (criterion)."

The Nets are obviously committed to pulling in some big name, talented players to convince Deron Williams to stay. West would be a nice start for sure and someone that could fit in well next to Williams in the pick-and-roll/pick-and-pop.

The question is whether or not the Nets would be willing to commit precious cap space to West, especially if they're serious about going after Dwight Howard in 2012. But like I said, the window won't stay open long to prove to Williams that the Nets are a worthy franchise to re-sign with. So going after a player like West might be absolutely necessary.

Currently Kris Humphries is New Jersey's starting power forward and while he's been solid, he's also on an expiring contract. He's probably better suited in a role off the bench and if West is an option, Humphries will quickly become an afterthought.

This summer is important for the Nets because they can't just stand pat with Williams. The move to Brooklyn is coming and the team needs to have a competitive group ready to go for the new town and new building. And for their new star, too.
Posted on: March 2, 2011 8:01 pm
Edited on: March 2, 2011 8:39 pm

Utah Jazz sign coach Tyrone Corbin to new deal

The Utah Jazz have announced that they signed head coach Tyrone Corbin to a "multi-year contract." Posted by Ben Golliver. tyrone-corbin

The past month has arguably been the most hectic in decades for the Utah Jazz. Longtime head coach and franchise icon Jerry Sloan abruptly resigned. Almost as abruptly, the team traded franchise point guard Deron Williams to the New Jersey Nets for Devin Harris and Derrick Favors.

On Wednesday, the Jazz took a step towards restoring order by announcing the signing of head coach Tyrone Corbin to a "multi-year contract."
“I am confident that Tyrone is the right man to lead this team into the future.  He is someone with longstanding ties to the Jazz and this community, and who has embraced the core philosophies and ideals this organization holds true.  I feel that his character and leadership qualities will be true assets to the Jazz moving forward for many years to come,” said Greg Miller, CEO of the Utah Jazz.
“I am really excited about the opportunity to lead the Jazz, and to get to follow a legendary figure like Coach Sloan,” said Tyrone Corbin.  “I am truly grateful that the Miller family has the confidence in me to allow me to lead this team into a new era.”
Yahoo Sports! reports that the contract "runs two years guaranteed through 2013, with team option for 2013-2014."

Corbin took over the reigns from Sloan in an emotional press conference, handling a difficult moment with class and dignity by deferring the spotlight to his former boss. Unfortunately, his Jazz are in a bit of a freefall, having lost eight of their last 10 games to fall out of the Western Conference playoff picture. Their playoff hopes seem to dim by the day.

Despite the recent losses, Jazz fans have to like this signing because it represents both continuity and change. Corbin played for Sloan in the early 1990s and served under him as an assistant coach for the past seven years. But he was clear upon his hiring that he would provide a new voice and work to establish his own relationships and systems, a necessity for any first-time head coach in this league much less one who stepped into a difficult situation. 

For the last few years, Corbin has seen his name floated for various head coaching jobs and he's widely respected around the league. Keeping him in Utah is a nice win for the Jazz organization and their fanbase, which surely has its collective head spinning following the events of the last few weeks. 
Posted on: March 2, 2011 9:39 am
Edited on: March 2, 2011 9:41 am

Nets interested in Dwight Howard, Magic fit best

Dwight Howard will likely be shopping for a new home in the summer of 2012, joining the throng of stars who have or will be looking for brighter destinations. But can it really get any brighter than what he's got right now?
Posted by Matt Mooore

In yesterday's Shootaround, we mentioned that the Nets were planning to pursue Dwight Howard in 2012 when he's a free agent. Which should come as no surprise. After all, he'll be the best free agent in a market that conceivably includes Chris Paul and Deron Williams. He'll have every team with cap space clamoring after him. That's what happens when you're an MVP candidate and the best center in the game. From The Record

Deron Williams has spoken with principal owner Mikhail Prokhorov and general manager Billy King about their plan and who they will pursue as they prepare for their Brooklyn move after next season.

Orlando center Dwight Howard tops that list, sources said.

The Nets want to improve the talent around Williams to get him to sign an extension when he’s eligible over the summer.

"He definitely talked about that and it gets you excited," Williams said of Prokhorov. "When your owner says he’s going to spend the money and put people around you, that’s definitely appealing.

"There’s a lot of stuff that appeals to me as far as my future here."
via Nets notes: Deron Williams' future - NorthJersey.com.

Howard's going to face a similar situation as LeBron James this summer, the option to play with another All-Star, to play where he wants and have the exact situation he wants. The Nets are in a unique position to get started on their lobbying now, provided they don't cross tampering lines, which apparently the league's not too touchy about you drifting towards. But the Nets are also in a position of relative weakness, with Deron Williams not locked up for the extended future, and with little proof that they can add to the core already in place, which is largely underwhelming. Plus, they already have their center in Brook Lopez, which doesn't at all mean they wouldn't ditch him for Dwight Howard, but what do you do then with Lopez? 

The issues that confront the Nets provide a similar set of questions that face Howard anywhere he signs. New York? How much cap space could they have to sign him? How will he get along with Amar'e Stoudemire? Would he really work in Mike D'Antoni's system? Boston? What's really going to be left in Boston after the Big 3 retire, besides Rajon Rondo, who can't provide scoring help? There's Glen Davis, who will probably be overpaid this summer, but that's not really a franchise cornerstone. Boston has cap roo, mystique, and Rondo, but does Boston really fit Howard's happy-go-lucky image? The Lakers are the obvious choice, with the Lakers' current dynasty likely winding down at that point. Kobe Bryant can play till he's 40, but how will Lamar Odom and Pau Gasol fair as they get older? A sign-and-trade could probably be worked out with the Lakers for Andrew Bynum should Howard make it clear he won't re-sign in Orlando, but will the Lakers really have enough to get right back in the title picture with an aging core to that degree? The list goes on and on.

And then there's Orlando. Orlando, who can offer him the most money.  Orlando who has made him a star.  Orlando who has stuck by him and invested in his growth, and continuously worked to surround him with quality talent without sacrificing flexibility. It's Orlando who will still have the cap space to put new players around Howard, to continue this stretch of contention forward with little hicup. The only thing not going for Orlando is the market, and the fact that Howard can be a bigger, flashier star in a bigger city. Which tells you a lot about the NBA.  Otis Smith has proven not only that he can put quality pieces around Howard, but that he'll continuosly work to improve that core. It's a sure thing, there.

But all Howard would have to do to get Orlando focused on moving forward into the future with Howard is to say he plans to re-sign there. To end the speculation and avoid everything that's followed Carmelo Anthony this year and which awaits Chris Paul and Deron Williams next season.  Just four little word: "I'm going to stay." But instead, he throws out nice workaround phrases about how he loves Orlando, and how he is focused on this season without ever actually saying he'll stay in Orlando. You can say that's for leverage's sake, to keep Orlando motivated on improving the roster. But they've already shown they want to do that. He's bidding against himself, there. And he continues to act as if winning a championship is a given with how he plays, ignoring his still incomplete offensive repertoire and the ease by which some defenses neutralize him completely. 

Orlando is the best possible place for Howard. Now, in the future, in-between. But Howard seems to pretty clearly want to make his mark somewhere fancy, to be that known face, that superstar he feels his play should reward him as. And in the meantime, he's made Orlando desperate to solve something they can't control. Just another day in the life of the ever-compounding NBA. 
Posted on: March 1, 2011 9:47 pm

Nets land in London, ready to take on Raptors

Posted by Royce Young

I bet like me, you totally forgot about the Nets and Raptors playing the first ever regular season NBA games in London this weekend. Oh, I know why we all forgot. Because it's the Nets and Raptors.

But the two teams will play back-to-back games this weekend at London's O2 Arena Friday and Saturday, which will obviously root the NBA deep into the hearts of England. I mean, what gets people more fired up for basketball than Jose Calderon and Anthony Morrow? Nothing does, that's what!

The Nets' acquisition of Deron Williams adds a bit of starpower to the game though. Without him, I'm not sure many fans in England would have any idea who any of the players on either roster are. Sasha... Vujacic? She sounds hot.

Anyway, here's a video of the Nets arriving in London that features Avery Johnson saying something about looking forward to seeing all their Britain fans and the players trying to get on the wrong side of the bus:

Category: NBA
Posted on: February 28, 2011 9:22 pm
Edited on: February 28, 2011 9:44 pm

Grading the Blazers' Gerald Wallace trade

Looking back at the Portland Trail Blazers' trade deadline. Posted by Ben Golliver. rich-cho

Before last week's trade deadline, I took a lengthy look at whether the Portland Trail Blazers, who have had their championship contending hopes stalled by injuries this season, should blow it up. To quickly recap: I argued that any trade deadline moves would come with an eye towards ensuring that the team made the playoffs, that it would be difficult to see the Blazers parting with point guard Andre Miller, that center Marcus Camby was more expendable than you might think (but still a difficult piece to move because of the team's uncertainty at his position), and that center Joel Przybilla was the team's most obvious trade chip. 

I noted that Przybilla's contract could be dumped in a move to get below the luxury tax line, but that trading any of the team's other core rotation pieces would likely compromise the team's ability to make the playoffs in such a way that management would conclude that the costs would outweigh the benefits. Finally, I noted that Portland's loaded payroll and the flexible nature of Miller's contract, plus the fact that Camby's contract expires next year, would allow the Blazers to defer any rebuilding efforts until draft season if they wanted.

So how did things play out? Well, the Blazers would up making one move: a trade that sent Przybilla, reserve forward Dante Cunningham and end-of-the-bench center Sean Marks plus two future draft picks to the Charlotte Bobcats for forward Gerald Wallace.  

While the construction of Portland's outgoing pieces was entirely expected, Blazers fans have to be pleasantly surprised with the quality of the incoming piece. Wallace was an All-Star and All-Defense in 2009-2010, noteworthy accomplishments considering that he was playing way off the map in Charlotte.

As surprising as the quality that Przybilla plus parts netted was the financial commitment that it required from owner Paul Allen. Allen has never been shy about spending money, but the most under-reported aspect of this Wallace trade is the exact level of financial commitment it required. 

The Blazers not only took on $21 million in future salary to Wallace in the deal, they also upped their payroll this year by nearly $1 milion, a number that could rise to roughly $2 million if they move to fill their two empty roster spots, as expected, prior to the playoffs.  Portland was already a luxury tax payer, so that added payroll will result in an additional dollar-for-dollar luxury tax payment as well. Aside from the New York Knicks' play for Carmelo Anthony, the New Jersey Nets' trade for Deron Williams and the Mo Williams for Baron Davis bad contract swap, Portland's trade for Wallace represents the most expensive move any team made at this year's deadline.  

Remember, though, that we're not just comparing Portland's cap situation to what it would have been if they stood pat. We also need to compare it to what it could have been had they looked to shed salary, an obvious and available alternative heading into the deadline. Had the Blazers managed to dump Przybilla's contract on a team like the Sacramento Kings - which wound up needing to take on Marquis Daniels' contract to meet the NBA's minimum salary threshold - the Blazers would have been able to get under the luxury tax, thereby avoiding the need to write a multi-million dollar luxury tax check this offseason and receiving a multi-million dollar check from the luxury tax payers for being under the tax line this offseason. Even if they sent along cash to cover the remaining money owed to Przybilla, there would have been real cash savings in Allen's pocket in just a few months, and Cunningham and Marks would have come off of the books this summer too. 

But instead of kicking back and taking the financial savings like many owners would have, Allen bit the bullet and allowed GM Rich Cho to execute a classic "buy low, sell high" trade. The Blazers got Wallace, who has seen his numbers fall off a bit this season, for nothing but scrap assets while simultaneously selling Przybilla's expiring contract for a 28-year-old former All-Star. Cho's predecessor, Kevin Pritchard, had allowed similar expiring contracts to go unused in previous years and Cho's activity - not to mention Allen's pocketbook - are currently the toast of the town.  

With that said, this wasn't an undisputed grand slam trade for Portland. The Blazers still have long-term questions at both the point guard and center positions, and Wallace is a good but not perfect complement to franchise power forward LaMarcus Aldridge, while also being a bit redundant with current starting small forward Nicolas Batum. His injury history - particularly the concussions - is well-documented and his lack of shooting range could be a fairly significant shortcoming in Portland's system.

Even with those knocks, though, Wallace arrives in Portland as the team's second best player behind Aldridge, at least until Brandon Roy and Greg Oden return to health. He provides a much needed top-end talent infusion, adds excellent defensive versatility and toughness and is a solid, aggressive option on offense. He also provides a consistency factor for a team seemingly in constant transition, as he's likely locked in through 2012-2013. His statistical dip this season should be taken in context, as the Bobcats struggled out of the gate after losing two key pieces in Raymond Felton and Tyson Chandler and underwent some turmoil that eventually led to former coach Larry Brown's forced resignation. Wallace also told reporters upon arriving in Portland that he had battled an ankle injury which had limited his effectiveness. Blazers coach Nate McMillan won't ask Wallace to be a No. 1 or No. 2 scoring option, so that mitigates most of the "Is he aging early?" concern. 

Going forward, Portland must still address issues at the point guard spot and in the middle, but they managed to retain both Miller and Camby (and their contracts) as potential trade chips and have young talent like Rudy Fernandez and Nicolas Batum that could be thrown into larger deals should the right marquee name come along. Really, one might argue that the addition of Wallace serves to improve Portland's longer-term flexibility as his contract number and duration should make him a reasonable trade asset in the future, especially beause the alternative was likely nothing once the Przybilla, Cunningham and Marks trio were allowed to hit the open market this summer.

It's also worth noting that, even if Portland had gotten under the luxury tax before the deadline, it would have been nearly impossible for the Blazers to move under the salary cap. The team has already doled out long-term deals to Roy, Aldridge and Wesley Matthews, plus big dollars will likely be needed to retain center Oden, who is a restricted free agent this summer. In other words, taking the cheap route and passing on Wallace would have been saved some money immediately but it wouldn't have represented a meaningful step towards rebuilding and true flexibility.

Taken together, there's no basketball reason to avoid making this trade. The best argument against this trade comes from the potential for short-term financial savings, but even that argument isn't overwhelming. The various longer-term risks - injury, future dollars, roster fit, current and future luxury tax dollars - are not prohibitive, especially if the owner is in a "pay to play" mentality. 

Given the team's cap situation and playoff position, acquiring Wallace winds up being a fairly expensive bandaid solution. In a best case scenario it could wind up helping salvage a tortured season. But even if the Blazers go one-and-done in the playoffs again this season, this trade doesn't meaningfully impair Portland's future flexibility. If money isn't an object, and it apparently isn't, then why not?

Final Grade: B+
Posted on: February 26, 2011 12:12 am

Deron Williams debut with the Nets goes meh

Posted by Royce Young

Unlucky for Deron Williams and the Nets that their first game together had to come against the NBA's best team. That can tend to make things tougher.

Williams wasn't bad but wasn't his normal stellar self either in the Nets 106-96 loss the Spurs Friday night. Williams played 41 minutes scoring 14 points on just 5-13 shooting, but he did distribute the ball well to his new teammates dishing out 12 assists.

The Nets were clearly going to be in a state od disarray offensively as the team tried to fit in around Williams. Coach Avery Johnson said before the game they'd have to "wing it" in the first game with Williams. And for a half, it was working. The Nets were hanging tight, actually holding a 54-53 lead at the break.

Where it caught up to them finally was in the third quarter where the veteran Spurs made adjustments to the Nets "wing it" offense and locked down New Jersey. The Spurs took the third 35-18 and pretty much had the game in hand from there on out.

But Williams' impact was unmistakable. He gave the Nets a bit of a new life offensively with his ability to create for himself or dish to an open shooter. Anthony Morrow was on the receiving end of a number of Williams' gifts, going 7-11 from the field for 25 points. The team was obviously better because, you know, they had maybe the best point guard in the league making plays for them. That tends to help.

Williams has walked into a situation much different that the other stars that have moved around. He's gone from a playoff contending team to a team potentially contending for the worst record. It's quite a switch. But on top of that, he doesn't have the luxury of joining up with another All-Star on the roster. In Utah, he had some really good players around him. In New Jersey, he has Brook Lopez and 13 other role players.

There is absolutely no doubt that the Nets are better right now. We're all going to forget how good Deron Williams is over these final two months of the season as he toils away on a horrible Nets team. As Derrick Rose carries the Bulls into the postseason, as Chris Paul makes incredible plays for teammates, Rajon Rondo piles up assists and Russell Westbrook scintilates through the air, we're going to forget just how terrific Williams is. It happens when a player like him ends up on a team that's stuck in motion.

The Nets have a long way to go not just in improving the roster and getting into playoff contending status, but also in terms of convincing Williams the Nets franchise is a worthy place to be. Getting him was a huge coup. Keeping him will be an even bigger one.
Posted on: February 24, 2011 9:20 am
Edited on: February 24, 2011 7:21 pm

NBA trade deadline: Thursday Buzz at the deadline

A one-stop shop for all of Thursday's NBA trade deadline buzz. Posted by EOB Staff.  trade-deadline  

Wednesday was insane. That's the only word for it. Insane. And we have more stuff on the horizon.

Here's a list of everything that's happened thus far:

- Boston sends Marquis Daniels to Sacramento for cash [ANALYSIS]

- Gerald Wallace goes to Portland [ANALYSIS]

- In a big one, Kendrick Perkins goes to Oklahoma City [ANALYSIS] ; [TRADE TRACKER]

- Aaron Brooks goes to Phoenix for Goran Dragic [ANALYSIS]

- Hasheem Thabeet was sent to the Rockets [ANALYSIS]

(Latest Buzz)
  • With just minutes to go before the deadline, here's a potential big fish. ESPN.com reports: Sources close to the talks told ESPN.com that the Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors have been discussing trade scenarios Thursday that would send Jamison to Oakland. One source briefed on the talks said the discussions are ongoing but that no trade agreement has yet been reached.
  • Two dark horses in the Western Conference have come forward in the Anthony Parker talks, via KB
  • The Rockets are bearing down to try and get Marcus Camby, via KB . All attempts to extricate Camby have failed thus far, but the Rockets and Blazers have been talking for a while.  
  • Two dark horses in the Western Conference have come forward in the Anthony Parker talks, via KB
  • Yahoo! reports the Cavaliers are still chasing offers for Anthony Parker, but it's getting late in the afternoon to be toying around. Celtics still in the tent. 
  • KB reports the Bobcats turned to the Rockets and Cavaliers after talks with the Blazers broke down for Gerald Wallace. Cleveland's not interested, and must be shopping only for draft picks.
  • Via ESPN , talks broke down today of a move to send Aaron Brooks and Shane Battier for Marcus Camby. Portland is pretty much submarining all of its talks, wanting huge return.
  • ESPN reports that the Kings are interested in a point guard. The Bobcats, Celtics, Jazz are in talks. 
  • Via ESPN.com, the reason Charlotte's deal with Portland slipped apart was the Bobcats insistence on Nicolas Batum being involved.
  • Per NBA.com: Suns won't trade Dudley. Contenders including BOS and CHI were interested.
  • Sam Amick reports : "Because the Sacramento Kings are under league minimum payroll, they're on lookout for a trade in which they get cash to cover salary of player coming back."
  • KB reports it's either for Brooks or Jared Jeffries, and that picks are being discussed. This looks like a terrible deal for Daryl Morey from the onset. 
  • We said earlier Jonny Flynn was on the market. Apparently the Rockets, for some bizarre reason, are aiming at getting him according to ESPN . This would surely have to be in conjunction with moving Aaron Brooks for something, otherwise the Rockets are spending assets to acquire a sub-par point guard. 
  • T.J. Ford could be headed for a buyout, according to Berger . Miami and Portland have interest. Portland is particularly interesting since it could be a sign they're still looking to move Andre Miller. This would be the second Pacer bought out in two years, after Jamal Tinsley last year. 
  • The Celtics could be up to your typical shady trade-buyout-re-sign deal, but this time it's even more shady considering the circumstances. Ken Berger reports that the Celtics, having had no luck getting anyone to bite on Nate Robinson plus a pick, are considering moving Marquis Daniels. The deal is of course structured to have the team take on Quisy's salary, then buy him out, at which point he re-signs with the Celtics. But with Daniels out after a scary neck injury, that may not happen should he be unable to return this season. Still, trading the guy who had a spinal injury on your squad? 
  • ESPN reports that Toronto has made rebounding Reggie Evans, within sight of returning from injury, available. He could garner some quick floods of interest, given his veteran status and rebounding ability. 
  • Ken Berger reports that with the Sixers on a win streak, Andre Iguodala is off the market. Because, really, a three-week win streak is what you want to make decisions off of. 
  • Chris Vernon of 730 AM in Memphis reports that there have been discussions between Houston and Memphis regarding a swap involving Shane Battier and Hasheem Thabeet. There are obviously other pieces involved as Shane Battier is a good player and Hasheem Thabeet is not, but the conversations are open, though not close. The Commercial Appeal reports the trade involves Memphis also sending a first round pick to Houston, which is too much for an aging Battier. Which means Memphis will probably do the deal.
  • ESPN reports that the Mavericks plan to make a last-ditch effort at Tayshaun Prince today before the deadline. It's a perfect fit for the Mavericks, but for whatever reason, the Pistons are turning down every advance for Prince. Because, really, when you're facing a rebuilding effort, you want to keep those big, long-term contracts as long as possible. Dallas is also reportedly interested in J.R. Smith.  Apparently they fill they have a need at "crazy two-guard."
Posted on: February 23, 2011 1:05 pm

Deron Williams trade: Williams unhappy?

Posted by Matt Moore

The Salt Lake City Tribune reports on Deron Williams' reaction to being traded to the New Jersey Nets

The Trib also reports that Williams was "dumbfounded" regarding trade and had no idea it was coming. CBSSports.com's Ken Berger reports the same, that Williams is not happy with this trade. If true, you have to wonder about two different issues. 

1. Did the Jazz make this move too soon and if so, why? The Jazz must have been concerned about Williams leaving them high and dry like LeBron James did Cleveland and Carmelo Anthony threatened to do with Denver. There have been reports about increasing frustration from Williams this season over the team spinning its wheels in place and even regressing. This seems like a reactionary fallout move from Jerry Sloan's resignation, almost as if the Jazz were saying "We don't want the guy who drove Sloan out." Which is kind of insane, considering Jerry Sloan's age and the fact that Williams is an All-Star who don't exactly grow on trees, I don't care how many picks the Nets gave you. If Williams was amiable at all to staying in Utah, the Jazz should have done everything in their power to keep him. But that's fairly obvious, so you have to think at some point, the Jazz got the impression that Williams was not going to be in Utah in 2012-2013, and decided to cash in now. 

2. If Williams didn't sign off on this trade, why did the Nets do it?  The Nets just got through with the Carmelo Anthony negotiations, and were unwilling to take on Anthony without his extension. Williams is unable to sign such an extension until July 9th, but if he's unhappy with this trade, aren't the Nets in the exact same position as they would have been with Anthony in a "rental" situation? If Williams is unhappy in New Jersey and elects not to re-sign with the Nets, Prokhorov will have just traded Devin Harris, Derrick Favors, and two first-round draft picks for 1.3 years of Deron Williams, who could very well just take the subway over to MSG and sign with the Knicks. Sure, it's not the deal that included all those in this trade plus Troy Murphy and another pick the Nuggets were asking for, but it's still quite a bit. This is still a brilliant deal for the Nets, but now the pressure is on to make major strides in order to convince Williams he wants to commit to Brooklyn upon relocation. It's got a huge payoff, but this is certainly a massive gamble without clearing the trade with Williams first. 

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