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When free agency happens, Nets to focus on Humphries


Someday, eventually, we will talk basketball and free agency again instead of percentage of BRI.

When that day comes, the Nets will need to secure a power forward (they traded Derrick Favors to get Deron Williams last season). They also need a three because Travis Outlaw is not the answer, no matter what his father thinks.

But look for the Nets to focus on keeping what they have at the four rather than going for a big splash, then trying to trade for a three,  according to tweets from Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News.

Contrary to report, Kris Humphries remains Nets No. 1 target at power forward, according to league source, not Nene.

Also, Nets are looking to acquire a small forward via trade rather than free agency, source says.

For a team with Brook Lopez, trying to pay big money to Nene doesn’t make a lot of sense (even if you see Lopez as a trade chip should Dwight Howard come on the market). Getting Humphries back is a good, affordable move that gives you solid play and lets you put your resources toward filling another hole.

The three is a hole, but that is apparently not where the Nets want to put their free agency money. They may be saving that for the summer of 2012.

Mark Cuban suggests supplemental draft for undrafted free agents

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A lot of people around the NBA have ideas to improve the draft, free agency and the D-League, and Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has never been shy about sharing his. His latest idea seems pretty logical: a supplemental draft for undrafted free agents.

Via Hoops Rumors:

“I would have a supplemental draft every summer for undrafted free agents of the current and previous 3 years,” Cuban wrote in an email to Hoops Rumors. “If you are more than 3 years out you are not eligible and just a free agent.”

The supplemental draft would have two rounds, and teams would hold the rights to the players they select for two years, Cuban added. Players can opt out and choose not to make themselves eligible, but those who get picked would receive fully guaranteed minimum-salary contracts when they sign, according to Cuban’s proposal.

“That would make it fun a few weeks after the draft and pre-summer league,” Cuban wrote. “It would prevent some of the insanity that goes on to build summer league rosters.”

It’s an interesting proposition. Most undrafted players who sign during the summer don’t get guaranteed contracts, so when deciding to enter this supplemental draft, they would have to weigh the value of having guaranteed money versus getting to decide where they sign. It’s unlikely that anything like this could happen anytime soon, because of all the hoops to jump through to get the league and the players’ union to sign off on it, but it’s a worthwhile idea that deserves some consideration in the next CBA negotiations.