Nets, Wallace Closing In On Deal … First Of Many In Brooklyn This Summer?





HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS – The Portland Trail Blazers got the No. 6 pick in the Draft (point guard Damian Lillard) in that trade with the New Jersey Nets last season for Gerald Wallace. And now Wallace is closing in on his prize, a reported $40 million from the Brooklyn Nets.

The deal for Wallace was expected when he opted out of the final year of his deal last to become a free agent, with the express intent of signing a new deal to remain with the Nets.

This is just one of the many moves expected from the Nets, who are still hunting the biggest fish of the free agent season in Deron Williams. Things are just getting started for Nets general manager Billy King, as the New York Post reported:

Though Williams is the most important player in the Nets plans this summer, King has plenty of other work to do. The Nets entered free agency with six players on their roster for next season and roughly $40 million in salary-cap space.

Among the other Nets who will test free agency are Gerald Wallace, an unrestricted free agent after turning down his player option, and restricted free agent Brook Lopez, who is a lock to return unless he’s involved in sign-and-trade deal.

The Nets also have to address their power forward spot, where incumbent Kris Humphries hits the open market as an unrestricted free agent.

But everything starts and ends with Williams. With him, they arrive in Brooklyn as the first team to move into New York in 50 years with one of the best players in the world as the face of their franchise.
Without him, they will be left to pick up the pieces.

The reports of the Nets talking with the Hawks about a potential deal involving All-Star guard Joe Johnson were confirmed by two different sources this morning. And there remains that little thing about Magic All-Star center Dwight Howard demanding a trade to Brooklyn as well.

Again, this is only the beginning of what promises to be a busy summer for the Nets!

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  2. Troller says:

    LEBRON SHOULD MOVE TO BROOKLYN!! MAYBE HE WILL WIN FIRST RING

  3. Conghaile Qdus says:

    I was hoping this was a return of Rasheed Wallace to the NBA. Bring back a Philly Legend!

  4. Brandon says:

    He and johnson and williams and lopez need togive 35+ minutes per game if the nets wanta go far. they don’t have bench AT ALL!

  5. Go Mavs says:

    Big D (dirk) and small D (deron williams) playing in Big D (Dallas)!

  6. Go Mavs says:

    Williams can get money and rings in big D

  7. Go Mavs says:

    D-Will come to Dallas!

  8. KOBEshigawa says:

    I agree that he’s he’s not worth the money, but they had to save face after the terrible Portland trade. Had to. He’s prob only a $8 or $9 mil guy, but he’s definitely still a good player (14/7/3 last year) who plays super hard and is selfless – the best complementary player to a superstar. The Nets are trying to do something big, so they have to go all-in. Wallace is the first domino. A good signing for the Nets, but only if they they keep Deron and get Dwight. Wrote a bit more here: http://thegreatmambino.blogspot.com/2012/07/nba-free-agency-day-one-round-up-kevin.html

  9. miamiSHORTSEASONchamps says:

    if orlando strikes a deal with dallas and gets dwight
    there could be a trade dwight for deron

    just saying

    it could happen

  10. JJ says:

    Let D-Will, go to Lakers, Get Humphries And Hibbert. now they can get a ring for sure!!!!!!!

  11. Myk says:

    if DWill and Dwight goes to Dallas then they will be right back up there together with OKC in the West.
    And if those two goes to Dallas just as Cuban planned, bet your house on it that Terry and Kidd will be back there as well.
    Its funny how guys jump into OKC beating everyone in the West next season.
    3 out of the 4 games they played in the 1st round could have gone either way with that “weak” Mavs team.
    I dont hate OKC, in fact I rooted for them against Miami,
    But to say OKC will dominate the Mavs and the other teams next season is just plain overstatement.

  12. bigMANpete says:

    since Dwight wants a trade to Brooklyn, and Gerald Wallace is about to ink a deal with the Nets, i think this will create leverage, and more importantly two reasons, why DWill would want to re-sign with the Nets

  13. Danilo B. says:

    D. WILL WILL STAYS IN BROOKLYN … HE WONT GO ANYWHERE MORONS :D

  14. Drake says:

    @ BROOKLYN NETS BOY……You think that just because Mavs had a bad season, it will be like that forever? Idiot you should know better, knowing that the Nets havent won a championship yet, even if they are a good team. Just because D Will goes to the Nets doesn’t guarantee him a ring. Even if the Nets get Howard, it doesn’t guarantee anything either. Look at Miami. In 2011 they got the Big 3 and still didn’t win because Dallas shut them down. For Odom, he didn’t leave, he was pissed because Dallas put him in the D-League where he belongs because he was being a cry baby since he wasn’t with the Lakers. It was Terry and Kidd who actually helped us win the championship so who says they can’t do it again? Jeez if you’re going to be a hater, you should at least have something worth arguing to.

  15. aries says:

    william please go lakers , and plesae ask dwight howard with you as well ^^

  16. me says:

    pfft who cares..what I wanna know is what team Ray Allen is going to or if he’ staying in Boston…and didn’t Wallace score in his own basket once? yet they want to sign him….

  17. LeKing says:

    as if dallas will win another championship. they’ll be contending but not to a point that they will beat OKC. lol

  18. BROOKLYN NETS BOY says:

    IF WILLIAM IS GOING TO GO DALLAS , SORRY WILLIAM , NO RINGS AND MONEY FOR YOU
    FORGET ABOUT DIRK ANY MORE HE IS DONE IN 1 SEASON. HE DOES NOT HAVE HEALTHY LEG.
    NOW, WHO ELSE THERE. MAHIMI, J.TERRY, SENIOR J.KID.

    DALLAS ITS JUST BAD ORGANIZATION. WITH UGLY OWNER MARK PUFFY.
    LOOK WHAT HAPPEN TO ODOM, FINNALY, HE LEFT.

  19. christian says:

    dallas doesnt need to get williams his asking for to much i rather say train the rookies for a less money and wtf mark cuban get dirk a decent center bringtyson and stevenson back and bring in the kid jjbarea^^

  20. christian says:

    @young yah sure ur a die hard brooklyn fan ur r such an imao dirk on his past prime? you barely watch bball moron how can u say that dallas cant bet the okc they some good draftpicks and they can just sign any free agent if they like fyi they can get brandan haywood on their roster and do u think mc is not a billionaire yah maybe nets owners ismuch richer but hello their is a salary cap their not goung to pay all their money to get good player stupid

  21. Robert - Basketball Fan says:

    No disrespect intended but I too will be surprised if DWill wins a title. He is a good player that somehow does not come off as a winner.

  22. MillsGuy says:

    blah blah blah, people can make all the trades they want, the finals will be a repeat next year. same teams.

  23. Patnubay Calaycay says:

    @karoLT that`s right lets hope for the best!!!!!!!!!

  24. Boo says:

    my only comment is why is Novak, Wallace, and even Green listed as PF while Diaw and Jamison as SF…except for Novak, yes they all can play(really) both positions but why bother arranging them when they’re all mixed up like Jamison and Diaw play more PF than Novak/wallace and Green so why are they in SF? /:)

  25. Rob says:

    If Dwight wants a ring, he’d want to stick in the East. Sure, it’s not wise to say that it’s easier to win the East when you’ve only been to the finals just once in an 8 year span, but if he went to Brooklyn with Deron Williams and Gerald Wallace by his side they could certainly be competitive right away. Look, I’m not going to deny the Heat any respect for winning it all this year, but they didn’t have to go through a Rose-lead Bulls, they were taken to the brink by the Celtics, and they nearly got taken down by the Pacers. The Big 3 covered up a lot of glaring holes in the Heat’s bench. Besides, if Dwight sticks in the East, he could torment Orlando much like Shaq did on occasions.

  26. YOUNG says:

    ALOT OF YOU GUYS ARE IDIOTS TO BE NICE…. D WILL TO DALLAS AND THAT AGING TEAM …. HOW WILL THEY GET A RING WHEN DIRK IS PAST HIS PRIME AND OKC IS ONLY GETTING BETTER OH BY THE WAY THE CLIPPERS ARE LOOKING GOOD TOO AND BOTH TEAMS ARE PRIMED TO BATTLE FOR THE WEST WHILE DALLAS IS ON THE DECLINE ….. WHILE BROOKLYN HAS A RICHER OWNER THAN YOUR DALLAS GUY AND A STATE OF THE ART ARENA WHERE DWILL CAN BUILD A LEGACY AND HOPEFULLY TEAM UP WITH DWIGHT HOWARD AND BRING A CHAMPIONSHIP TITLE TO BROOKLYN… OH BY THE WAY BROOKLYN IS BETTER THAN DALLAS SORRY DALLAS FANS BUT HEY LOOK ON THE BRIGHT SIDE THE DRAFT LOTTERY IS COMING UP NEXT YEAR SO GOODLUCK!!!!LMAO….BROOKLYN WE GO HARD!!!!!!!!!!!

  27. eddie57 says:

    DWill win never win a title. It’s all about him. There is no “I” in team.

  28. karoLT says:

    being a Josh Smith Fan therefore Atlanta Hawks the best scenario is to trade/let go of Joe Johnson n build around Jsmoove. Try to bring Dwight Howard onboard in ATL… Lets hope for the best….

  29. NIbasketball says:

    Everyone seems to be over looking Brandon Roy….If B-Roy is making a comeback surely a good place to have it would be in a new city and new arena. If Brooklyn were able to aquire Howard and re-sign Williams and Wallace, why not go after Brandon Roy. In my opinion he’s a better 2 guard than Joe Johnson and will cost less and have him coming off the bench (but still playing considerable minutes) to reduce the risk off injury and you’ve got yourself a strong team that could give many of the top teams in the East a run for their money. However I would be sad to see Lopez go because he is such an excellent but under-rated centre, however if the Nets re-signed him then did a trade of Lopez and Farmar/Morrow I reckon it would be a very good trade for Orlando because at least they recieve some decent pieces to build around.

  30. wadeallday says:

    marshon brooks next kobe

  31. Michael says:

    CP3 will resign with the Clippers or get involved in a sign and trade with another team as his preferred destination, NY Knicks are way over the salary cap and can not afford to simply just sign him for the amount of money a player of his caliber will demand. D-Will will more than likely resign with the Nets because they can give him a max deal and now with Dwight’s trade demand, Orlando can no longer afford to mess around with this situation and trade him just like Denver did to Carmello Anthony. Once D-Will officially signs with the Nets, then expect the trades and signings to come quick. With the olympic nominee players to be in Las Vegas the later of the week, these players will want to get there business done so they can focus on the Olympics just like D-Will said.

  32. brian says:

    provided that the nets do resign both wallace and williams, trade for howard, sign kris humphries and trade for an aaron afflao type of 2 gaurd, pretty soild starting 5 if you ask me, would be too hard to find good soild role players to come off the bench either and theres lots of them avavible this off season, better than miami starting 5 and with size, but on the other hand it is kinda sad that the players dictate how the league is to be run and get what they want in there demands ie trade fashion

  33. Fluffy9 says:

    Trade Gerald Wallace for Joe Johnson, then Johnson for D12. If they got Williams, him and Howard would be a force in the east.

  34. flip says:

    @big witt Carl Landry is not the same as Kris Humphries. Kris is a more hustle and energy type of guy and Carl is more focused on scoring. and to add to that Kris is a way better rebounder than Carl. but i agree that Mayo and Dragic would be nice

  35. Baller says:

    Dallas cant afford both Howard and Williams. Just like after Lebron in 2010, the players will follow after Howard or D-Will. And some team will get left with nothing but cap space and will have to make trades for overrated big contracts. I predict Howard goes to Brooklyn, then D-Will may follow. I dont see D-Will choosing to go to Brooklyn without knowing Howard will go unless he really wants/needs money. Nash will end in N.Y or back in big D as he has forgiven Mark Cuban but will get a good contract off him. I

  36. big witt says:

    Nets need to gert O.J. MAYO and team him with Dragic they could probably get both for the money they re going to throw at Deron Williams . as for kris humpires…shrug Carl LAndry is the same type of player they can get him.

  37. Name Required says:

    D will stay in NJ and D Howard coming to NJ. The nets would then become a competitor in the east, at least.

  38. ronndell_resurreccion says:

    stay in brooklyn.. and with a little bit of luck.. you’ll be joined by howard

  39. Juni says:

    trade talks involving Joe Johnson AND Dwight? so your starting line up will be D-Will (if he stays) Joe Johnson, Gerald Wallace, Kris Humphrees (again if they sign him) and D12? with Brooks Farmar off the bench? that doesnt look too bad it’ll be a few seasons until they are a force in the East

  40. robert zimmerman says:

    Williams is overated. The money he is looking for is crazy. The Nets will be sorry if they sign him to a max deal. As far as Howard it’s obivious he is smitten with Jay Z and Beyonce. What a fool.

    • Z says:

      Right, every all-star should stay with the same team that drafted them. In fact, let’s get rid of free agency. These men should never be allowed to CHOOSE where they work, right? I mean, Orlando has paid Howard so far, he owes them!

      Oh wait…the contracts were only payment for his play for the duration of the ccontract. Oh yeah…Howard’s an adult who should be able to go wherever he wants to play. Nevermind, I almost forgot your ideas were silly.

  41. Razz says:

    I think the Nets are trying to sign Joe Johnson in order for them to trade Johnson for Howard (Magic wants Joe Johnson from the hawks for Howard). So I could see why they are in hot pursuit of joe johnson..

    • smitty says:

      they dont want that, if you actually fallow the link it even says “the Nets would be stocked with the kind of expensive veteran contracts that wouldn’t appeal to Orlando’s blueprint for rebuilding.”

      • JsT says:

        YEA BUT JJ’S BIG CONTRACT WOULD JUST B REPLACING D12′S ANYWAY,AT LEAST THAT TRADE WOULD B PUTTING AN ALL STAR PIECE IN PLACE W SOME TRADE VALUE,SO YA NEVR KNOW!!

  42. LakersHO says:

    to the lakers and pick up josh smith

  43. DallasBasketball2012 says:

    I agree, that if he goes to dallas he will win a championship. And why in the world would you say they wont? Just give Dirk a good point guard and center plain and simple. They’ll just end up repeating 2011 season.

    • plainandsimple says:

      if d comes to dallas gets a ring, think Dallas is proven, caliber coaching, Dirk and better bench than Nets. Dwill gets ring now in Dallas. As far as Dallas playing OKC? they always play them tough, Nets still wont be able to handle the heat, best bet is Dallas. Nets still have 1-2 more years before they make a statement.

      • Anthony says:

        Ummmm…. Didnt dallas get swept by OKC? So your saying that adding one man will change that? What about chemistry and cohesivness? If Deron goes to dallas, it is going to take shots away from dirk and they still wont beat the thunder. The thunder out match them in too many areas. Keep dreaming. Its just like the heat were supposed to win it all in year one and we see how that played out. Not to mention the knicks. He should stay with the nets and help rebuild that franchise.

  44. cj says:

    Not true… when dwight gets traded to the nets gerald wallace and then add deron williams. With one or two signings here and there thats an eastern conference finals team right there year 1.

  45. Karlo Garcia says:

    Time will tell!

  46. MiamiSHORTSEASONchump says:

    if Williams will choose Money then stay with the Nets.. but if he want a ring..then go to Dallas.. plain and simple..

    • kuty says:

      yeah sure .. Like Dallas can get him one of those. They are running out of gas and there is no God in NBA that can help them beat OKC in conference finals .. sorry bro.. not Dallas

      • Snyper says:

        How fast we forget that Dallas was the 2011 Champs. If D-Will joined the Mavs they would definitely give any team in the west a run for their money.

    • YeaRight says:

      Ring with Dallas? Keep dreaming there buddy.

    • willie says:

      dallas can also afford the services of D-will for the max… so he can have both rings and money in big D

    • Knixfan says:

      I agree I hope D Will goes to DAL. Cuban should be trying his best to get Dwight also.
      ORL should not fulfill Dwight’s requested destination.
      It is going to be interesting to see how the CP3 situation plays out.