Sunday, June 30, 2013
Brooklyn Nets free-agency primer
By Mike Mazzeo
The NBA free-agency period opened at 12:01 a.m. Who might the Brooklyn Nets go after? Let's take a look:
Kyle Korver shot 46 percent from 3-point range last season.
Kyle Korver: The Nets are interested in the sharpshooter, a source told ESPNNewYork.com. They would likely have to offer Korver all of their taypayer mini mid-level exception (three years, about $10 million). Korver would have to take a paycut to join the Nets, but he’s good friends with Deron Williams from their Utah Jazz days. GM Billy King -- then with the Sixers -- acquired Korver on draft day in 2003.
Andray Blatche: If the Nets give their mid-level exception to Korver, they could only offer Blatche 120 percent of the veteran’s minimum salary. Blatche, however, has been working out at Brooklyn’s practice facility during the offseason, and he’s due $16 million over the next two seasons from the Wizards, who amnestied him before he signed with the Nets. The Nets want to re-sign him, and there will be plenty of playing time for Blatche, given that Kevin Garnett is 37 and Brook Lopez is coming off his third foot surgery.
Bojan Bogdanovic: Early in the offseason, King said Brooklyn’s intention was to try and bring Bogdanovic over from Europe, and both sides sounded optimistic a deal would get done. It is unknown how a potential Korver pursuit would affect Bogdanovic.
Kenyon Martin: Martin was coach Jason Kidd’s long-time teammate in New Jersey, and then briefly last season with the Knicks. A second go-around with the Nets isn’t out of the realm of possibility. Martin would likely have to take less money to sign with Brooklyn, but it might give him the best shot at making a deep playoff run.