Mar 30, 2012 12:20 PM EDT
The New Jersey Nets have signed free agent forward Dennis Horner from the D-League’s Springfield Armor to a 10-day contract.
Horner is the fourth player to sign a 10-day contract with the Nets this season. The 6-9 rookie from N.C. State signed with the Nets prior to training camp on December 9, 2011. He appeared in five games with New Jersey, scoring a total of four points in 16 minutes of action.
Mar 28, 2012 1:30 PM EDT
The Nets have lost six of seven games in the 13 days since trading for Gerald Wallace.
Wallace met with Avery Johnson before Tuesday's practice to let him know he was at peace with where the Nets stand and is willing to help the younger players over the rest of the season.
“It was just understanding — trying to help the young guys understand where we are as a team and what we’ve got to do to get better,’’ Wallace. “And our main thing every night is to come out and try to improve, get better as a team, and move from there.’’
Johnson was very appreciative of Wallace's commitment.
“The team’s not winning, and obviously he wants to win, but he likes a lot of what we’re doing here and he just wants to know how he can be of more help with certain situations, in leadership with the team,’’ Johnson said. “And it was just a breath of fresh air when he came into my office this morning. So he’s been great.’’
Wallace has a $9.5 million player option for the 12-13 season.
“I’ll sit down and talk to my family, concentrate and see where I’m at in my career and what I plan on doing for my future and we’ll go from there,’’ he said.
Mar 27, 2012 10:54 AM EDT
Despite being suddenly traded a year ago February, Deron Williams still has a fondness for the Jazz.
Williams spent time after New Jersey's loss to the Jazz visiting with Tyrone Corbin and C.J. Miles.
"I've got a lot of friends on that team," Williams said. "I like to see how they're doing. I wish the best for Coach Corbin, so I definitely check on them a lot."
Williams is impressed with how the Jazz have played this year and expects them to reach the postseason.
"I feel like they're going to make the playoffs. They're playing solid basketball on both ends of the floor right now," Williams said. "I think Coach Corbin's doing a great job of leading the guys. They've got a good mix of veterans and youth, and I think it's working for them."
Mar 26, 2012 7:23 PM EDT
The Springfield Armor have re-acquired guard Jerry Smith.
To make room on the roster, the Armor waived Eugene Spates.
Smith (6-2, 190, Louisville) returns to the Armor after earning his first-career Call-Up with the Armor’s NBA affiliate, the New Jersey Nets.
Mar 21, 2012 12:18 PM EDT
Deron Williams has expressed frustration after the Nets squandered leads in each of the past two games.
“We’ve been making the same mistakes all year,” Williams said. “We’ve talked about it every day, it seems like it just doesn’t register. At some point, you hope it would, you know?
"(But) I’m not here to call anybody out. We’re all men. I make mistakes. I made mistakes (Monday). There’s nobody to call out."
Mar 20, 2012 1:35 PM EDT
According to a report from Peter Vecsey of the New York Post, the Nets offered Brook Lopez, MarShon Brooks, Mehmet Okur's expiring contract and between two and three No. 1 picks in exchange for Dwight Howard.
Gerald Wallace would not have been included to the Magic as he was during the December trade talks.
The Nets, according to the report, also would not have had to take on the contract of Hedo Turkoglu.
Mar 18, 2012 12:52 PM EDT
The Nets have signed Gerald Green for the remainder of the 11-12 NBA season.
Green has played excellent basketball for the Nets during his two 10-day contracts.
The Nets had also talked about signing Green to a deal that would last through the 12-13 season.
Mar 17, 2012 11:49 AM EDT
The Nets and Gerald Green are in talks for a contract that will extend into the 12-13 season.
Green has been playing excellent basketball since joining the Nets from the D-League.
“This organization, man, has really blessed me,” Green said. “I’m just happy to even be a part of it. Obviously, I have to still talk to my agent, still talk with Billy (King).
Nothing has been signed yet, but just to hear that from my agent, saying that the team wants me here, it’s just — it’s almost mind-blowing, for all I’ve been through. I’m just very excited, but I’ve still got to keep going, keep fighting, keep fighting to try to be better, to try to help better this team.”
Mar 16, 2012 4:35 PM EDT
The Nets are in discussions with Gerald Green's agent about a contract for the remainder of the season and also possibly for the 12-13 season.
Green has been an immediate factor for the Nets.
Green's second 10-day contract expires following Saturday's game.
Mar 16, 2012 4:29 PM EDT
Deron Williams said on Friday that he had no hard feelings toward Dwight Howard for choosing to remain with the Magic for the 12-13 season.
Williams had been hoping to become teammates with Howard, either with the Nets or possibly with the Mavericks.
"He made the decision that he thought was best for him,'' Williams said of Howard. "I can’t be mad about that.''
DeShawn Stevenson said Williams did seem to be bothered by the day's events on the Nets' flight down to Orlando.
"I think 'D-Will' was kind of disappointed,'' Stevenson said of Williams. "He probably said he wasn’t, but I saw it in his face. He was kind of disappointed with that whole ordeal.''
Williams said that unlike Howard, he hasn't struggled with considering his options.
"I’m not (struggling),'' he said. "You know why? Because I said the whole year, 'I’m going to play this year out and see what happens.' So I haven’t flip-flopped and gone back and forth. I'm just the same me. It’s not even close to being the same situation.''
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The Nets tried to acquire Monta Ellis following his trade from the Warriors to Milwaukee.
Kevin Garnett and Ryan Anderson are two players that the Nets will pursue this offseason.
Jerry Smith is the Nets’ fifth D-League call-up to sign with the team this season.
While saying "It's not monkey see, monkey do" in reference to Dwight Howard, Deron Williams said he will not opt-in with the Nets.
A source from the Nets said that the only three players from the expected draft class that they "loved" are Anthony Davis, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Thomas Robinson.
The Nets and Blazers are closing in on a deal involving Gerald Wallace.
The Nets are likely to reject an offer of Pau Gasol for Deron Williams.
The Nets feel they can keep Deron Williams even if they are unable to acquire Dwight Howard.
Being traded to the Nets could cost Dwight Howard a playoff appearance, as the team currently stands 4.5 games behind the Bucks for the No. 8 seed.
The Magic quickly explored Dwight Howard trade scenarios with the Nets following his conference call where he said he wouldn't sign the waiver.
Dwight Howard has confirmed that he will opt-in for the 12-13 season in an exclusive interview with RealGM's Jarrod Rudolph.
The Magic are still uncertain about their situation with Dwight Howard, according to a rival executive who has recently talked with their front office.
The Magic are still talking about Dwight Howard trade scenarios with other teams despite his commitment to opt-in for the 12-13 season.
Mike D'Antoni sought a trade of Carmelo Anthony for Deron Williams.
Dwight Howard has told teammates and associates that he will play the option year of his contract with the Magic, sources have confirmed.
The Magic plan on trading Dwight Howard if they do not receive a commitment from him beyond the current season.
Dwight Howard said he expects to finish the season with Orlando and hopes they "roll the dice" on the possibility of keeping him.
The Nets are the most likely trading partner for the Magic to move Dwight Howard.
The Nets and Bobcats have had trade talks on a deal that would send the expiring contract of Boris Diaw to New Jersey for several players and a first round pick.
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The Nets' plan is to sign Dwight Howard outright this summer, re-sign Deron Williams and re-sign Brook Lopez on an annual salary of approximately $10 million, according to sources.
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