Archive for July 21st, 2008

The New Jersey Nets have acquired guard Keyon Dooling from the Orlando Magic in exchange for cash considerations, Nets President Rod Thorn announced today.

“Keyon is a versatile NBA veteran, and we are pleased to add him to our roster,” said Thorn.  “His ability to play both the point and shooting guard positions will add flexibility and depth to our backcourt rotation.”

Dooling, a 6-3, 195 pound guard, averaged 8.1 points, 1.4 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 72 games, including one start, for Orlando during the 2007-08 season.  The eight-year NBA veteran has appeared in 465 games with the Clippers, Heat and Magic, holding career averages of 6.8 points, 1.3 rebounds and 1.9 assists.  Originally drafted with the 10th overall pick out of Missouri in the 2000 NBA Draft, Dooling has averaged 7.1 points, 1.1 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 29 career postseason contests for the Heat and Magic.

InsideHoops.com says: The Nets now have about 64 players on their roster. This could mean the team may try to trade Marcus Williams, maybe for a protected first rounder, or a pair of second rounders plus cash or something. They also may try to package a pair of big guys, like Sean Williams or Josh Boone and get one big guy back in return.

As of now the Nets look like a lottery team. Unless this new cast develops really magical team chemistry, making the playoffs could be tough.

Good deal for the Nets though. Dooling makes any team better.

The Boston Globe (Marc Spears) reports: The Celtics agreed to terms with guards Eddie House and Tony Allen to return, general manager Danny Ainge announced today. Both will get two-year contracts (though House’s second year is a player option, according to an NBA source). House’s deal was made using a portion of the team’s $5.5 million mid-level exception. According to the source, House will make $2.7 million next season and $2.9 million the year after if he excercises his option.

InsideHoops.com reaction: Good move by the Celtics. Both players are worth signing. Still, the team does need to replace James Posey, who was like a combination of Robert Horry (clutch shots in the playoffs) and Bruce Bowen (good defense on key swingmen) when it mattered most.

Though, hats off to Paul Pierce for guarding Kobe in the Finals about as well as Posey did.

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