HoopsHype DeShawn Stevenson rumors

January 6, 2012 Updates

Feuding with LeBron James is nothing personal for DeShawn Stevenson. It’s just business. Five months after he called out King James for “checking out” in last year’s NBA Finals — and ultimately triumphing with a strong Game 6 for the Mavericks — Stevenson may again start against his nemesis when the Heat comes to Newark on Saturday, courtesy of a foot injury to starter Damion James. However, LeBron James’ status is up in the air he sat out Thursday’s game against the Hawks with a “day-to-day” ankle injury. “To me, the beef is just on the court. But I don’t know about him,” Stevenson said ahead of Friday’s game against the Raptors. “This is basketball. It’s not UFC.” New York Daily News

December 23, 2011 Updates

Stefan Bondy: Nets have officially signed DeShawn Stevenson on one-year deal. He'll get the mini midlevel exception for $2.5 million Twitter

At practice today, Williams told reporters that the Nets' free agent acquisition, DeShawn Stevenson, was "definitely one of my suggestions'' to GM Billy King. It seems reasonable to assume getting Okur was another of Williams' suggestions. Newark Star-Ledger

The Nets took a major hit offensively because of the fractured right foot suffered by Brook Lopez. But they are making a defensive gain with the signing of DeShawn Stevenson. The 6-foot-5 guard, who won a title with Dallas last season, agreed yesterday to a one-year, $2.5 million deal and is expected to be at practice today. Stevenson, 30, will sign for the mini mid-level — or room exception — after the acquisition last night of Mehmet Okur ($10.89 million), who pushes the Nets to the salary cap. “It’s not official yet. But if he was a part of our team or any team, he’s a terrific defender. He’s got 3-point range. He’s fearless, he’s tough-minded. He’s coming off a championship season,” said coach Avery Johnson. “We need guys with high basketball IQs who are physically and mentally tough that can guard multiple positions.” New York Post

December 22, 2011 Updates

The Nets have reached an agreement with DeShawn Stevenson and will sign the veteran today, a source told the Daily News. The 30-year-old will be playing for his fifth team in 12 seasons, after starting 52 games last season for the Mavericks. He has career averages of 7.7 points, 2.2 rebounds and 1.1 assists. New York Daily News

The Nets have agreed to terms with free agent guard DeShawn Stevenson and expect to sign him today according to a person with an understanding of the team's plans. The person requested anonymity because the team has not officially announced the signing. Stevenson, 30, played for the NBA champion Dallas Mavericks last season, starting 54 games and averaging 5.3 points on .388 shooting from the field. He was used as something of a defensive stopper for the Mavericks. Newark Star-Ledger

The Nets are among the teams negotiating for free agent DeShawn Stevenson. However, nothing was close to being finalized on any front last night, according to Stevenson’s agent, Mark Bartelstein. “You know how these things go, something could happen in two minutes, two days or not at all,” Bartelstein said. “Yes, we have been talking. I would categorize them as serious conversations. But we have been talking to a number of teams.” Stevenson, 30, a solid 6-foot-5 defender who won a ring with the Mavericks last season, could give the Nets a strong look in any three-guard formations, especially if they do not acquire another small forward. There are conflicting reports regarding Andrei Kirilenko. New York Post

December 21, 2011 Updates

Alex Raskin: Some reports that Deshawn Stevenson is about to sign with the #Nets . However, a league source just told me no deal has been agreed to. Twitter

December 20, 2011 Updates
December 14, 2011 Updates

There is room on the Mavs’ roster for the return of rugged swingman DeShawn Stevenson after Rudy Fernandez and Corey Brewer were shipped to Denver. It’s a matter of whether Stevenson is willing to come back to Dallas for the veteran’s minimum, which is less than a third of the $4.1 million salary he earned as a valued role player on the Mavs’ championship team. Agent Mark Bartelstein said Stevenson, a defensive stopper who averaged 5.3 points per game and shot 38.8 percent from 3-point range last season, has multiple offers. Bartelstein indicated that Stevenson would probably make a decision within the next day. The 6-foot-5 Stevenson is tremendously popular in the Mavs’ locker room and immensely respected by coach Rick Carlisle, who appreciated Stevenson’s toughness and professionalism while bouncing back and forth from the end of the bench to the starting lineup last season. ESPN.com

December 13, 2011 Updates

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