Monday, January 16, 2012
In case you missed it ...
By Mike Mazzeo
Here’s a look at some stories you may have missed over the weekend:
• Clippers small forward Caron Butler told reporters Sunday that the Nets offered him more money, but he elected to play in L.A. instead.
“More money was (on the table) in New Jersey,” Butler said, according to the Newark Star-Ledger. “There was a lot of uncertainty surrounding Dwight Howard and the situation. I just didn't know what was going to happen, and I couldn't wait. So, I wanted to hit the ground running.”
Butler is good friends with Nets point guard Deron Williams He told reporters he had just gotten out of a meeting with GM Billy King when the Clippers called again. Butler was convinced.
• Clippers point guard Chris Paul is listed as questionable for Monday afternoon’s game against New Jersey. He underwent an MRI on his strained left hamstring, according to ESPN LA, and it came back negative.
• Jazz power forward Derrick Favors told reporters that the Nets had assured him he wasn’t going to be traded. But Favors was included in the D-Will deal, which made him upset.
“[Avery Johnson] was like, ‘We like you here in Jersey, we’re going to keep you, don’t worry about it,” Favors said, according to the New York Daily News.
“They tell everybody that [they’re part of the future]. I’m not calling [Johnson] a liar or anything, but when you’re on a team, you buy into it. You’re like, ‘I’m going to be here, I’m going to be here.’ Then the next thing you know you get traded. It’s a business. There’s nothing you can do but accept it.”
“It was difficult,” he added. “Everyday at practice, hearing about trade rumors, crazy stuff not knowing where you’re going to be at tomorrow, it’s better to be on a team where you know you’re going to stay.
“... I think [Johnson] was up front about it because the way the trade happened, it happened all of a sudden. Nobody saw it coming. I didn’t see it coming, obviously Deron Williams didn’t see it coming. Avery said he was put in a tough situation with an All-Star point guard, and it was something he just had to do.”
The NBA can be a cruel business, but Johnson was in a tough position. Imagine if he told Favors he was being traded and a deal never happened. Then what?