As the grizzly voiced manager in Major League once stated, “It’s starting to come together, Pepper.” The Nets gambles of acquiring Gerald Wallace, Joe Johnson, and Williams in the past 17 months have certainly paid of as Brooklyn now has it’s own semi-Big 3.
It was pretty obvious that Williams was going to get the max deal from whichever team he signed with and ultimately chose to stay out East rather than head south to join the Mavs. I don’t think D-Will is worth a max contract but GM Billy King had to throw that type of money his way to ensure he’d stay. Now the Nets have two players earning max contracts in Williams and Johnson which ultimately kills the cap flexibility for the next four years. It also puts them in mix of being one of the better teams in the Eastern Conference as long as everyone can coexist.
Nets acquire PF-Reggie Evans from Clippers for future 2nd round pick
In order for this deal to go down, Evans first agreed to a three year, $5 million contract and was then shipped East in a sign and trade. Since Brooklyn is loading up on talented wing players (Williams, Johnson, and Wallace) the team needed to add some muscle and rebounding inside. Evans certainly provides toughness on the glass and will be a valuable role player off the bench unless Kris Humphries doesn’t re-sign with the team; then Evans could see a spot in the starting line-up.
Nets sign PF-Mirza Teletovic to 3 year, $15.7 miilion deal
Brooklyn uses their midlevel exception to sign Teletovic who adds even more depth inside. He is not the most skilled post player but should be able to contribute on the glass and provides head coach Avery Johnson with another option in case Humphries is not back with the team.