HoopsHype Billy King rumors

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As for the off-season, King smiled as he said, "I love to make trades. It's one thing I love to do. And having a coach like Jason, he knows what he needs to win now. So I said, 'I look forward to having this off-season with you because now there are guys you're going to want and we can go get, that I know you'll make them successful because you believe in them and they'll believe in you." NetsDaily

In an interview published Tuesday, Billy King recounts the process that led him to hire Jason Kidd, admitting that he was reluctant at first when "ownership" suggested Kidd as coach, then after one meeting changed his mind. King also reiterated that he now knows what kind of player Kidd wants and will be pursuing them (no names) this off-season. "One thing I knew, I wanted a leader," King told Isiah Thomas of NBA TV. "because most people look for guys (with) x's and o's. That's great, but if you can't lead, then x's and o's doesn't work. And ownership said, 'what about Jason Kidd?' And I said, 'Nah, he just finished playing. We can't hire him.' They asked 'Will you meet with him?' I said, 'Yeah, I'll meet with him.' So I'd known Jason. I liked him. I did know he's a leader and he's won everywhere. So we had our first meeting and I walked away from our first meeting and called them and said, 'He might be the one. We're going to meet again.' But I just walked away uplifted." NetsDaily

King described his thinking on the "reassignment" of Lawrence Frank, saying first priority was to make Kidd successful. "I had to make a decision, so I said, 'let's reassign him.' He does his report -- I got it this morning -- and he's helping from afar. But I believe in Jason and to give him the ability to be successful, I knew I had to make that decision." NetsDaily

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Rod Boone: Asked Billy King if he has any idea if #Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov could face sanctions from what's going on between the U.S. and Russia. King: "I follow politics, a lot of politics. But I don’t know anything about who we are putting sanctions on or who we are not." #Nets Twitter @rodboone

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Q: When did you first start having the discussions about signing Jason Collins? Billy King: "When we were putting the team together at the beginning of the season, and we needed bigs, Jason (Kidd) brought his name up, and then when we signed other guys there was not a need. Then as we were going throughout the season, Jason talked about our interior defense. When Kevin (Garnett) is out there he’s our anchor, and when he’s out, we have Mason Plumlee, who’s a rookie and he gets a lot of quick fouls, and then some of our other guys are not as good interior defenders. So, we’ve been looking for someone, and Jason (Collins)’s name had always surfaced there. We tried to do it via the trade at the deadline and couldn’t get that done. Knowing on this trip that we have a back-to-back with LA, and KG most likely may not play, the goal was that we may need to bring someone in, and with Jason being in LA, we had worked him out during the All-Star break, it was the right time and the right fit for us." NetsDaily

"But, from our standpoint, we made a basketball decision. Obviously people will say it was marketing, but we needed a basketball player. If and when we decided to sign him, in that game last night Mason (Plumlee) picked up two fouls, (Andray) Blatche picked up two fouls, and we weren’t able to stop (Pau) Gasol inside. And Jason (Collins) was able to come in and do that. So, that was the decision, we needed some interior defense. We were hoping, we tried to get Glen "Big Baby" Davis when he became a free agent, but he chose to go to the Clippers, and once he did we went with Jason." NetsDaily

Nets general manager Billy King called it “a basketball decision,” as if to disregard any other significance. Commissioner Adam Silver politely disputed that narrow assessment. “While it shouldn’t be a big deal—and I understand Billy King saying, in essence, it’s just a basketball decision—it is a big deal,” Silver told Bleacher Report in a telephone interview. Bleacher Report

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Bill Simmons is out with his annual list of 30 worst contracts and although Amare Stoudemire, and not Joe Johnson, is at the top of the list, Simmons has three current Nets -- Johnson, Deron Williams and Brook Lopez in the top 21 -- a possible future Net, Marcus Thornton at No. 11. In his final tally, Simmons has D-Will at No. 5 and Joe Johnson at No. 4 We've all read what Simmons thinks of those two, not to mention Billy King, so let's focus on what Grantland's founder thinks of the Nets target, Thornton. Not much love there as well. NetsDaily

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