The free agency period is almost over at the NBA, and most of the big names were already taken in deals that saw two or three superstars going to the same team in order to have a chance to win a title, and one of the major losers ended up being the Nets, whom were in hopes to sign LeBron James. Now the team is looking somewhat weak when it comes to the teams they will have to face at the upcoming season.
If they were not sign King James, they also had plans for others such as Chris Bosh, Amare Stoudemire, Dwayne Wade and Joe Johnson, but sadly for the New Jersey franchise, such players already had decided to play somewhere else, and with things like that, Rod Thorn began to worry that he would be left without a single valuable player in the franchise and began to put up salary cap money on average players, giving them the kind of cash they hadn’t seeing while playing in the league.
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Probably the biggest signings for this franchise were Derrick Favors, who was chosen by New Jersey with their third overall pick and Damion James, who was chosen as the 24th overall at the past 2010 NBA draft. But that is as good as the team has done so far and this has nothing do to with free agents, which means that they have failed to sign a veteran player that can lead the franchise to at least a decent record in the upcoming NBA season.
The first big contract for a free agent went for Travis Outlaw, a player that will be paid a total of $35 million dollars to play 5 years in New Jersey, and even though he is not a bad addition, I think that he is not going to be outstanding if we consider how he played last season with the Clippers, a team that witnessed the decrease in playing level from Outlaw considering his good days at Portland. To me, signing Outlaw is a big mistake, as it is uncertain how well he will perform at the upcoming season after coming from a struggling year.
Their best signing by far as of now concerning free agents is Anthony Morrow, who will receive $12 million dollars for playing 3 years, and with the addition of Morrow, it seemed like Rod had started to choose better, but then he signed Johan Petro for $10 million and 3 years and everything went downhill again. Things are certainly not looking good for New Jersey.
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