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Nets trade Yi to Wizards, clear $3 million more

Posted on: June 29, 2010 1:31 pm
Edited on: June 29, 2010 1:41 pm
The Nets enhanced their position in the free-agent chase Tuesday, trading Yi Jianlian and cash to the Wizards for Quinton Ross, sources confirmed to New Jersey cleared more than $2.9 million in additional salary-cap space with the move.

With the trade and the release of Keyon Dooling, the Nets now sit with $30.5 million in space to sign free agents -- second only to the Knicks' $34.4 million. The Bulls have $29.2 million, while the Heat will have $29.1 million once they re-sign free agent Dwyane Wade.

All three teams still have more maneuvering to do before having enough space to sign two players at the maximum first-year salary of approximately $16.6 million. The Nets could use Devin Harris ($8.9 million) in sign-and-trade scenario, or dump Kris Humphries ($3.2 million) on a team, like Washington, that is under the cap and thus wouldn't have to send salary back.

Category: NBA

Since: Nov 7, 2008
Posted on: June 30, 2010 10:22 am

Nets trade Yi to Wizards, clear $3 million more

If they can manage David Lee and Rudy Gay as suggested aboveWhy has no one been talking about Lee?  All the guy does is average 25 and 10 and does not even require plays run for him.  
And I think Jay-Z might have a little more to do with this than you might imagine. 

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: June 30, 2010 4:10 am

Why not OKC?

Bigger print does not make your point better. But you cover both sides of the coin. And all of your butt.

Money or comfort. Those are the only 2 reasons players move by their own choice. More of one, money, most times for younger players. But those reasons cover every person in any job. Comfort covers ANY reason that is not about money. That is THE TRUTH.

And it is a good point when you talk of older stars. With the mid 20s crowd you may be tilt in the money reason but players with 10 or more years in the NBA often tend to look at winning as an equal factor to money. NBA players have been known to take less money for a chance to start or chance to win.

And sometimes older players do not wish to be trapped in small markets; not only for the outside media money but for a lifestyle that suits them. That "comfort " level can be very important. Some players even like the town they live in and stay as long as they can because it is "home" to them and their family.

Yet you reject home town discount when it is a part of that comfort level you put forth. If a player is at home as Tim Duncan is, then why could that not also count for Durant. And there is no reason to think the Thunder would offer Durant, the face of the team, less than a max contract. So "discount" in terms of contract money is very unlikely. Not every NBA player wants to be a multi-media star like LeBron.

And Boston or Dallas are not in the same boat as Cleveland. Paul and Dirk are past their first contract and would likely have to take a pay cut to leave. But the smart thing for their agents is to opt out THIS year and get max money before the cap can be lowered next year or a lockout can happen. That does not mean they are really looking to leave but maybe just covering their options on money while staying.
And to top that, Dirk may be one of the few max players who would take less money to see his team sign a star that could help get him a title. Remember Karl Malone TOOK LESS MONEY to play in LA for a title (that he missed) than to go elsewhere. Yeah, comfort.

Why a NYC kid would want to stay in OKC is anyone's guess. But comfort is possible there. So to say Durant may leave also means he may stay. Just because no one can say what another person will do means just that.

Money or comfort? Kind of like saying : at 6AM, it's day or night. Yeah, depends on when and where you are.


Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: June 30, 2010 2:29 am

Nets trade Yi to Wizards, clear $3 million more

Jay-Z is the x factorLol...what hype machine has taken over your brain?  That's just too funny...

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: June 30, 2010 1:39 am

Nets trade Yi to Wizards, clear $3 million more

Evidently you are an OKC fan. The idea that Durant would not leave OKC is ludicrous. All players will either go for the money or play in a situation that they feel comfortable in.  It is a business, and a home town discount is pretty much a thing of the past. Y ou seem to bristle at the thought of Durant leaving, not because he won't leave, but it makes you feel offer. Welcome aboard to the Cleveland, Boston, Dallas, and many more, teams, that will make their fans feel the way that you do. The only difference is that it is happening to them now, and will not affect you until later.

leveland, Boston,

Since: Nov 7, 2008
Posted on: June 29, 2010 9:35 pm

Nets trade Yi to Wizards, clear $3 million more

Don't think you could call anything the Nets do a gutting.I was thinking the bulls and knicks getting rid of half of their rosters (it seems like at least) for the chance to get to a good cap number.   I think the Nets have a serious shot to get a couple big name guys with Jay-Z on the roster, but ESPN seems to be dissing them in favor of Miami and Chicago.  I would love to get two max guys to the Bulls, but I think NJ will be a bigger player in this than the Knicks.

Since: Apr 13, 2009
Posted on: June 29, 2010 8:19 pm

Another Brilliant Move

After dumping tons of overworked contracts, the Wiz have finally starting making some finanically intelligent moves. Henrich, Yi, and Wall will immedately create a different look and compliment Blantche and Arenas beautifully. They still have a ton of cap space to make a couple moves, added three 1st round picks to the roster, and have little committed beyond the next season or two. Yi's last seven games demonstrate that the potential is there (23 points/ 15 rebounds last game) and if he busts then big deal, nothing lost. Wall PG, Arenas SG, Miller SF, Blantche PF, Yi C is a very decent starting 5. If they could snag a big name PF (Nowitski) and move Yi to backup C then this could get real interesting really quick, IMO.

Since: Jul 26, 2008
Posted on: June 29, 2010 7:52 pm

Nets trade Yi to Wizards, clear $3 million more

Kevin Durant is NOT leaving OKC! That's about as speculative as draft experts and mocks having Hassan Whiteside going in the top 15 of the draft. What a joke statement.

And to the comments regarding Jay-Z and the Brooklyn Nets, I totally agree. It's insane that it's not taken into consideration the fact that he has a stake in the team. Not to mention, anyone looking to sign a deal this offseason, will no doubt see a HUGE boost in cashflow from the new team image, ie, new logo, locale, market. It's going to be a good thing, for fans and the NBA, the Nets moving. These are huge factors.

Since: Dec 15, 2006
Posted on: June 29, 2010 5:35 pm

Nets trade Yi to Wizards, clear $3 million more

Everybody dumps on the Nets because of last year's aweful outcome. Most, I think, are forgetting the multiple injuries the team had to play through. Lopez is top 2 among centers in the East. They had a successful draft on paper. If they can manage David Lee and Rudy Gay as suggested above, they'll be a playoff team next season.

Since: May 14, 2009
Posted on: June 29, 2010 4:40 pm

Nets trade Yi to Wizards, clear $3 million more

Very nice getting rid of him.. I still can't believe the Bucks wasted such a high pick on him and NJ even traded for him in the first place.  The Nets haven't been anything since they broke up the K-mart, J-Kidd, and RJ tandem.   Hopefully with the draft and this summer they can build around Lopez.

Since: Jan 23, 2007
Posted on: June 29, 2010 3:55 pm

Nets trade Yi to Wizards, clear $3 million more

It looks like the Wizards are trying to load up on non-guaranteed contracts. Yi Jianlian's contract runs through 2012-2013, but the 2011-2012 season is a team option and the 2012-2013 season is a qualifying offer. They're also trying to trade Gilbert Arenas to the Magic for Vince Carter, who has one year and an option left on his contract. Why does it seem like the Wizards will have a ton of cap room next season? Perhaps they are preparing for a play on Kevin Durant's potential restricted free agent status....

Just a thought, but the only motivation other than cap space that I can think of for this move is because Andray Blatche will be out until September, and the Wizards don't want to have a void at power forward. It also gives the Wizards another player to their thin roster. Only seven players under contract (if you count Kirk Hinrich), plus four draft picks leaves a lot of room for depth.

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