Brooklyn Nets: Glen Davis

KG ponders Big Baby, Collins possibilities

February, 22, 2014
Feb 22
OAKLAND, Calif. -- As the Brooklyn Nets prepare to face the Golden State Warriors, they also face upcoming roster decisions. Kevin Garnett has spoken with recently bought-out Glen "Big Baby" Davis about the possibility of joining the team.

"I think Big Baby can help us," Garnett said after Nets practice on Saturday. According to Garnett, his discussion with Davis on the matter was more happenstance than any kind of hard recruiting pitch.

"I usually speak to Baby in person every 15 days. Since we all left each other [from their time in Boston], we all like to stay in contact with each other," adding "I didn’t even know Orlando bought him out. It was just by coincidence that he was on the phone, and I guess he was going through it the same day. And that’s how I found out."

When informed of how Garnett’s former coach, Doc Rivers, might also be pursuing Davis for Rivers' Los Angeles Clippers, Garnett wryly mused, "I guess Baby’s a hot commodity right now," before continuing the praise of his former Celtics teammate. "His basketball IQ fits into what we do here. He’s a talker, he communicates, he understands, he knows championship basketball. So yeah, I think he can definitely help us."

Garnett was also complimentary of Jason Collins, who worked out for the Nets on Thursday. He actually spoke of the parallels between the two players.

"I played with JC, too. Very similar to Baby. Probably doesn’t have the distance in some of the skill level, but great competitor, plays team basketball, is for the team, great guy, great character. Those two can definitely help this team."

Collins’ signing would make him the NBA’s first active, openly gay player. Garnett expounded on the necessity of players getting a chance regardless of background, saying, "I think it's important that anybody who has the capabilities and skill level to have a chance to [do] something he's great at." He added, “I think it would be bias[ed], and, in a sense, racist, if you was to keep that opportunity from a person."

Hollinger examines D-12 to Brooklyn

July, 2, 2012
ESPN Insider’s John Hollinger examines possible landing spots for Dwight Howard.

Magic GM Rob Hennigan revealed Monday that Howard told him he wants to be traded to the Nets.

Hollinger’s entire take can be found here (Insiders only):

As Dwight Howard tries to engineer a trade to Brooklyn, the Nets seem far less interested in him right now. They've been moving away from a Howard scenario ever since they traded a lottery pick to Portland for Gerald Wallace, removing one of their two biggest chips in a potential Howard deal.

They still can put together a fairly enticing deal, however. Right now they could use a signed-and-traded Brook Lopez, MarShon Brooks and the same cap flotsam they're offering to Atlanta for Joe Johnson (Anthony Morrow, Jordan Farmar, Jordan Williams, Johan Petro, Darwin Cook, Jamie Feick, Foots Walker and a signed-and-traded Benoit Benjamin), and the idea would be for Orlando to send them Howard and dump as many bad contracts as they can in the process. As with the Houston deal referenced above, Orlando would try to stick the Nets with Glen Davis, Jason Richardson and Chris Duhon in addition to Howard.

This is comparable to Houston's offer, but from here I think Houston's has the slight advantage. The Rockets offer two good players on expiring contracts that Orlando could immediately flip for other assets, and four young players against one from the Nets. The one counter from New Jersey is that it offers a legit starting center in Lopez to be the foundation for the Magic, but a Lopez-Ryan Anderson frontcourt will give up 200 points per game.

Brooklyn also can offer draft picks -- including, ironically, a lottery-protected pick from Houston dating from the Terrence Williams trade -- but the Magic are unlikely to place a huge value on picks likely to be in the 20s.

Of course, the real way for the Nets to leverage themselves into a Howard deal is by keeping their cap space open for 2013 and making it seem a fait accompli that Howard is going there anyway. That type of maneuver might scare off "rental" suitors such as Houston and Golden State, or at least give them enough pause to limit their offers.

Instead, the Nets seem to be taking that option out of commission entirely. Maybe it's worth it to get a Williams-Johnson-Wallace-Kris Humphries-Lopez lineup; certainly that's an impressive starting five. Nonetheless, I'd have to think Williams, Howard and any three randomly selected humanoids would be more impressive. As always, the Nets have me scratching my head.



Joe Johnson
16.7 3.8 1.0 34.9
ReboundsK. Garnett 8.0
AssistsD. Williams 6.8
StealsD. Williams 1.1
BlocksB. Lopez 1.6