Brooklyn Nets Rumors
One league source told NetsDaily it will be a long time, if ever, before the Nets pay the luxuy tax again. Part of his thinking is that they will go into next summer with $40 million in cap space, enough to pursue a star or more likely, pay two of three good players … some of whom may be their own.
Even before the Nets pursued buyout talks with Deron Williams, ownership and management were always lukewarm about dealing Joe Johnson. As one league source told NetsDaily, the Nets were never aggressively marketing the 6’8″ swingman. The preference was always to dump Williams. There may have been perfunctory talks with Memphis and Cleveland, based on LeBron James desire to add him to the Cavs mix after an injury-marred post-season had deprived them of scoring power, but as far as pushing him and his $24.9 million contract, it wasn’t a top priority. Getting rid of D-Will was.
Moreover, various sources inside the Nets have suggested that the departure of D-Will is likely to help Johnson rebound. It was no secret that the two didn’t get along. That famous Johnson tweet back in early November was believed to be about his relationship with Williams.
One insider, asked after the buyout if the Nets were still pursuing a Johnson trade, said no. He volunteered there was probably no one more pumped about the buyout than Johnson. “I am sure Joe will have a tremendous season,” he added with a smile.