Syracuse forward Wesley Johnson said Wednesday he expects to go either No. 3 or No. 4 to New Jersey or Minnesota, respectively.
Johnson told ESPN that he could see himself fit well with New Jersey. According to a source close to Rob Pelinka, Johnson’s agent, the Nets have said Johnson’s professionalism and ability to contribute immediately are major reasons why he has moved ahead of Georgia Tech's Derrick Favors on Jersey's board. New Nets coach Avery Johnson, according to sources, wants a player who is low maintenance and can have an impact. Johnson answers that on all fronts.
The Nets covet a power forward, too, and Pelinka also represents Utah's Carlos Boozer. Multiple sources close to Boozer said his free-agent list, outside of staying with Utah, is limited to New Jersey, Chicago and Miami. The sources said Boozer has considered New Jersey for a few weeks.
According to sources, the Nets will look at trying to obtain Boozer or Toronto’s Chris Bosh or as a fallback Minnesota’s Al Jefferson, who has been made available by the Timberwolves in a possible trade.
Meanwhile, Favors said he has no idea where he’ll land and isn’t sweating the Thursday night drama. Favors could land at No. 3 New Jersey, No. 4 Minnesota or No. 5 Sacramento.