Category Archives: Nets

Nets landing Jeff Van Gundy?

By Mark J. Miller

The New Jersey Nets avoided going into the history books by winning
their 10th game Monday night, thus ending any chance of finishing tied
for the worst record in NBA history. So things are looking up, right?

Knicks' Lee likes appeal of Nets

FRED KERBER

Nets center Brook Lopez really likes the idea of someday playing alongside current Knick David Lee.

And unlike some impending free agents who view the Nets as less
desirable than waterboarding, Lee likes the Nets’ potential more than
their 7-55 record.

Big Man In Nets House

FRED KERBER

And regarding free agents to be, the Nets of course are doing all their
homework regarding some of the guys who may be available prior to the
free agency period. Team president Rod Thorn foresees a very active
trading period – though not necessarily for the Nets.

"Because I think there are teams that would like to get under the
luxury tax. There are teams that would like to get under the salary cap
and because there are teams that aren’t very good that now see it,"
Thorn said. "There’s the ‘What are we going to do? We’ve got high
priced players let’s see if we can (get something) thinking."

As for the Nets, Thorn and GM Kiki Vandeweghe are making all the calls. Anything close?

Nets need to deal for a big name

Executives from the Suns, Raptors and Jazz have been told if they’re
planning to move their All-Star-caliber big men, the Nets are
interested.

Amar’e Stoudemire, Chris Bosh and Carlos Boozer could be among the
biggest names traded before the Feb. 18 deadline, and the Nets don’t
want to miss out if they are.

NJ Nets veterans keeping in touch with agents as futures remain uncertain

Bobby Simmons talked to Mark Bartelstein last week.

Trenton Hassell talked to his agent – the very same Bartelstein – three days ago.

Tony Battie called Lon Babby Tuesday afternoon.

Could Karl go to the Nets?

If Karl becomes available, Thorn has peers – practiced in the art of
informed speculation — who believe the decision would be a slam dunk.

Vandeweghe knows Karl’s ability – and flaws – as well as anyone, and he
likes him personally and respects him as a coach. And the last time
they worked together Karl hit the ground running and led Vandeweghe’s
team to a 32-8 record and a playoff berth – an extraordinary
achievement for an outsider, and an unexpected payoff for the six-year,
$20 million deal he signed five years ago this month.

Nets sought Nate Robinson

Looking to add a spark, the Nets tried to acquire energetic Nate Robinson from the Knicks, league sources said.

Lawrence Frank could be headed for unemployment line

Julian Garcia

This is how shaky Lawrence Frank’s job status is: The Nets may need to beat the Lakers Sunday in L.A. to save him from the unemployment line.

NJ Nets must win to keep head coach Lawrence Frank employed

Dave D’Alessandro/The Star-Ledger

As they tumble toward the abyss, with a possible detour through the NBA record book — a journey that is now a quest to save their coach’s job — the Nets know they have but one hope:

For the time being, new Nets guard Rafer Alston content to be in Garden State

Dave D’Alessandro/The Star-Ledger

If he sulks, if he squawks, if he acts as though this isn’t what he signed up for, Rafer Alston promises he’ll have a very good reason.