Billy King Rumors
The salaries of Johnson ($24.8 million) and Jack ($6.3 million) come off the books this summer, giving King a chance to chase a premium free agent with the advantage of selling the New York market. “We took our shot and it didn’t work,” he said. “And now to see some of these guys develop and to get it back and for us to have the cap space [next summer], we can do it pretty quickly. We want to win but we knew we may take a step back when some of the decisions were made. But what I like is we’ve put ourselves in the position to beat a Golden State, we just didn’t make the right plays. That’s just learning how to win. We’re talking the steps.”
Mike Mazzeo: Nets GM Billy King on the state of the franchise and seemingly bleak future in light of what happened in the past: “I’m not sitting in here shirking accountability. … It stops at me. I’m the GM. You make decisions along the way, and it’s my job now to figure it out and turn it around. … It doesn’t happen overnight. We knew when we traded (the first-round) picks and went down this road (for Deron Williams, Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce) that if it doesn’t go well you have to dig yourself out of it, and that’s what we’re doing now.”
Mike Mazzeo: Is Nets coach Lionel Hollins in jeopardy of losing his job with the team off to an 0-7 start? “Not right now, no,” GM Billy King said. “Shoot, I’m in the last year of my deal, too. And that’s why I think I said before it’s not just Lionel. We’re all in this together.”
Tim Bontemps: Billy King spent about 10 minutes talking to reporters after practice about the Nets and the upcoming season. King essentially said because Andrea Bargnani & Markel Brown were healthy, Nets didn’t need to keep either Justin Harper or Dahntay Jones. King said he didn’t look at Bargnani’s injury history as a factor in roster decisions. Said team would deal with injuries as they come.
In answering the question on his level of confidence in Billy King, the Nets owner said he was “very glad” to be working with the Nets often criticized GM. Prokhorov started off by noting, “I bet Billy will be listening to the answer to this” then added… “Joking aside, I am very glad to be working with Billy. He has managed to pull off a lot of unexpected deals in line with the guidance that ownership has given him. I think we had an excellent off-season this year and I do believe that it will bring success this season.”