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The Nets and Hornets reportedly had talks about a proposed trade that would have sent Joe Johnson to Charlotte for Lance Stephenson, Gerald Henderson and Marvin Williams. That discussion has apparently ended, at least for now, but reader
- While those three players only cost a tad less than $3MM under what Johnson will make next season, that puts the Nets in a much more manageable position for getting under the tax line next season. Further, having three players making that money saves them from having to fill those spots with other players, shaving another $1-2MM. Finally, each one of those contracts individually would be easier to move than Johnson’s $25MM, and the chances are better that at least one of them rebounds to regain some trade value. Assuming the Nets aren’t attaching a sweetener, this is a pretty good salary dump, even if on the surface it doesn’t appear to dump that much salary.
The Magic are reportedly close to firing Jacque Vaughn, but Billy Winters doesn’t think that would solve the problems in Orlando.
- I really really … really don’t get the point of firing and bringing in a new coach midseason. Let Jacque finish the season. Hire a new coach and put into place the new system in the offseason. Try and trade [Ben] Gordon and [Channing] Frye and play the young guys as much as possible. This will give you time to evaluate the talent more so now and gives the team a chance for a higher pick in the draft.
- What about Calderon to the Kings for Derrick Williams? Kings need a solid backup PG and Williams has underperformed at the PF spot for the Kings. Williams’ contract expires this season so it is a low risk to the Knicks.
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