Thoughts on Nets not making a deal before trade deadline
The Brooklyn Nets have to be somewhat disappointed about not making a trade to improve their roster. Sure, GM Billy King said he wasn’t expecting to make one, but given how weak the Eastern Conference is, the Nets would’ve loved to have added an impact player like Josh Smith. In the end, though, they just didn’t have enough assets to entice the Hawks to make a deal.
Kris Humphries’ contract (two years, $24 million) would’ve been much more enticing to Atlanta had it been expiring this season rather than next. The Hawks are likely to go after Atlanta native Dwight Howard and Chris Paul in free agency. Even if Smith leaves, that’ll just open up more cap space. Taking on Humphries’ $12 million salary for next season would’ve hurt their flexibility. Adding prospects like MarShon Brooks, Bojan Bogdanovic and a late first-round pick wasn’t worth the sacrifice.
-- Reported by Mike Mazzeo of ESPN NY