When the Dodgers played in Brooklyn, New York, their fans referred to them as “Da Bums,” however if Brooklyn Nets General Manager Billy King, is able to carry out all the moves he wants to make this off-season, that nickname will not fit the city’s new team when they move to their new home in the upcoming campaign. After years of being buried in the basement of the Association, King is attempting to put together a roster this summer, that will be contenders when they take the court at the Barclay’s Center in October.
The Nets General Manager was very proactive on Sunday, starting with getting a verbal commitment from Free Agent forward Gerald Wallace, who according to reports from “ESPN.com,” as they will give the veteran a four-year deal said to be worth $40 million to return to the club. Wallace was acquired in a trade with the Portland Trail Blazers before the NBA trade deadline, this past season.
King will attempt to bring the club’s marquee player back into the fold, as he will meet with point guard Deron Williams on Monday according to published reports. The Free Agent, is said to have narrowed his choices to sign with either Brooklyn, or the Dallas Mavericks, whom he will also meet with on Monday.
In order to entice Williams to sign up for another tour of duty with the Nets, the “New York Post” has reported that King is in the midst of discussions with new Atlanta Hawks General Manager Danny Ferry, to work out a trade that would send Hawks All-Star guard Joe Johnson to Brooklyn. The paper’s sources state that the Hawks would receive players with expiring contracts from the Nets, which would give Atlanta financial flexibility. Johnson has four-years left on his current contract, said to be valued at $89.3 million.
Johnson, could give Williams a strong partner in the Brooklyn back-court, or he could be used as part of a trade to acquire Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard, who told new Magic General Manager Rob Hennigan that he wants to be traded to Brooklyn, when the pair met on Friday. The Magic General Manager, reportedly did not tell the All-Star center, whether he would fulfill his request, however there has been reports that Orlando would trade their big man before the start of the season if he has yet to sign a contract extension.
The Nets would like nothing more than to enter their new home with a roster loaded with talent, hoping to steal the back page of the New York City tabloids from the Knicks. If King can get everything done on his wish-list this summer, that just might be the case.