Vaulet’s future remains unsettled. He could stay in Argentina, move to Europe or be signed by either Brooklyn or its new Long Island Nets D-League team. Under D-League rules, second round picks can sign with a team’s affiliate without counting against the parent club’s roster. He is seen as more of a long term project, but may still be growing and has great length and athleticism although his shooting leaves a lot to be desired. Vaulet said his release and his physique are the two things he needs to most improve. “I know that a development process lies ahead, in trying to reach the United States,” he told Clarin, a Buenos Aires newspaper. “No rushing anything. If it can be next year It will be next year, if it has to be in five years will be in five and you need to be in ten will be in ten. It is now possible, everything will depend on me, my preparation, my development and my enjoyment of the process.”
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.”
Even so, the 31-year-old — who’s made peace with Sloan, by the way — is enjoying his return to his childhood home, Dallas. “It’s something I’ve dreamed about since I was a kid, playing here,” Williams said. “It’s finally come true.” All the better that part of his Utah life joined him for his dream in Dallas. “It (Utah) will always be with me,” Williams said. “It will always be a part of me.”
They have emerged as menaces this season, forcing turnovers on a higher percentage of possessions than any team in the league — and, actually, any team in almost 20 years. “They started building this team a couple years ago,” Nets coach Lionel Hollins said before Boston smacked his team by 25 points. “They’re really quick. They defend. They force turnovers. I think they’re No. 1 in steals. No. 1 in forcing turnovers. No. 1 in points off those turnovers. They thrive with their quickness and getting their hands on balls, and running down (the court).”
“My dad, he’s my biggest fan, so he has his own opinion. I can’t control what he says to the press. A lot of people want that I play, especially back home in Russia, so they have their own opinion,’’ Karasev said at morning shootaround before a game against the Celtics. “I’m with the Nets. I love this organization, I like Coach Hollins, so I just keep working hard. I’m just with this team right now. All my focus, all my mind is to win the game. That’s why I’m here.’’
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