The Nets have no intention of reaching a buyout arrangement with Deron Williams, nor does the team plan on waiving him via the stretch provision, even if it means that the franchise will be over the luxury tax line next season, Tim Bontemps of The New York Post writes. “The goal is to try to be under the tax,” GM Billy King said. “That’s just the goal. How realistic is it? It may not be. But that’s the goal. We’re not going to jeopardize our roster, jeopardize our team, to be under the tax,” King continued. “If the decision is made to make a move or whatever, we’ll do that if we think it helps us win.”
Here’s more out of Brooklyn:
- The team’s decision to part ways with assistant GM Bobby Marks was made in order to “streamline things” within the Nets’ front office, Bontemps adds. “You had two assistant GMs, and when we looked at it overall, could some of the responsibilities be shared throughout the department … that’s why the decision was made,” King said.
- King also relayed that the team’s plan this summer is to re-sign both Brook Lopez and Thaddeus Young, and if it means being over the luxury tax so be it, Al Iannazzone of Newsday tweets.
- Brooklyn’s roster will remain largely intact heading into next season, and the team’s plan is to add pieces who will complement the players it already has, Mike Mazzeo of ESPN.com relays (Twitter link).
- King reiterated the Nets’ intent to establish a one-to-one affiliation with a D-League team in Brooklyn, though the location of the franchise could change after a few seasons, Mitchell Abramson of The New York Daily News relays (via Twitter).