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Nets GM: No chance Deron Williams bought out; Lopez, Young re-signings priority


The Brooklyn Nets are not going to just buy Deron Williams out of his contract. Try desperately to trade him? You bet. But not buy him out.

That’s essentially what Brooklyn Nets GM Billy King said on Wednesday.

There have been rumors the Nets would waive Deron Williams, using the stretch provision to essentially buy him out. That will not happen, reports Devin Kharpertian of The Brooklyn Game.

And, by the way, no change on the “we want to keep Brook Lopez and Thaddeus Young” front, either.

This is all pretty much what was expected from the Nets.

Williams is owed $43 million over the next couple years. If the Nets used the stretch provision on him, they could extend that pain out over five years of the cap — but that’s still nearly $9 million a year for five years. Better to bite the bullet.

The Nets would love to trade Johnson and Williams this summer. I would love to have Eric Ripert as my personal chef. To quote Mick Jagger, you can’t always get what you want.

PBT Extra: Will Kevin Love, Dwyane Wade be moving on?

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The summertime NBA rumor season is here. Even if there are a few games left to play (just a little thing like the NBA Finals with LeBron James and Stephen Curry).

Kevin Love says he will stay in Cleveland, but does he mean it?

Are the Nets going to try and move Deron Williams and Joe Johnson?

Could the Dwyane Wade posturing with Miami lead to him skipping town?

Jenna Corrado and I get into all of it in this PBT Extra.

In letter to fans about future plans, Nets conspicuously leave out Deron Williams, Joe Johnson

Atlanta Hawks v Brooklyn Nets - Game Six

Joe Johnson is set to make $24.9 million next season. He led the Brooklyn Nets in scoring last season, averaging 14.4 points per game, then upped that to 16.5 points per game in the playoffs.

Deron Williams is set to make $21 million next season (and $22.3 million the season after that). The Nets’ point guard, he averaged 13 points and 6.6 assists per game.

They are owners of two of the worst contracts in the NBA, deals that are anchors on the rebuilding of the Brooklyn Nets. These were guys sold as part of a “big three” a couple years ago but now are not part of the future — in fact they are two guys the Nets would love to trade this summer. They will be shopped. Hard.

So maybe it shouldn’t be a shock that when the Nets sent a letter to season ticket holders this week, Williams and Johnson didn’t get mentioned, reports the New York Post.

(GM Billy) King and (CEO Brett) Yormark stated the Nets have plans to re-sign Brook Lopez and Thaddeus Young “to keep our core leadership together.” They stated they wanted to “build on our emerging young core,” mentioning Mason Plumlee, Bojan Bogdanovic, Markel Brown and Sergey Karasev. They mentioned their two draft picks — Nos. 29 and 41 — and a desire in “purchasing’’ another pick.

But King and Yormark made no mention of Williams and Johnson — omissions that can be taken as an ominous sign for the duo. It’s unclear if either Williams or Johnson has requested a trade.

Whether they’ve requested one or not, the implication the duo will not be back is clear. And that’s the right move. Blame injuries or whatever you wish, the Nets have not gotten the Williams they thought they traded for. Johnson had a contract everyone around the league knew would be bad in those final couple years.

However, finding a trade partner is not going to be that simple.

Johnson will be the easier to move — and it’s not going to be that easy. He’s in the final year of his contract, and while expiring deals mean less under the current CBA than the previous one, a team that takes him on wouldn’t be stuck with him. Plus Johnson can still produce, still knock down shots, and has done so in big moments. Still, there are not a lot of teams with the cap space to take him on, fewer still would send anything back to Brooklyn of real quality. Rather, most will want to dump their own bad deals. One team to watch is Charlotte, with Lance Stephenson coming home to Brooklyn (that deal was discussed last trade deadline). If I were a team contacted, I would be asking for a young player or picks to sweeten this deal, Johnson alone is not enough.

Williams will be even harder to move because he is owed money for two more seasons, plus he has a lengthy injury history, his game is in decline, and he’s on the wrong side of 30. Never say never, but the Nets don’t have the young assets are willing to part with to get another team to take on Williams.

But expect the rumors about those two to be flying this summer.

Report: Nets to explore trade market for Mason Plumlee

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The Nets had chances to trade Mason Plumlee early in the season, but the problem at the time was that he was playing well while Brook Lopez was sidelined due to injury, and the offers wouldn’t have brought back enough in return.

Brooklyn was reportedly deep in talks with the Kings on a multi-player deal that would have shed the contract of Deron Williams, but Sacramento asking for Plumlee to be thrown in eventually killed the conversation.

As the Nets look to dramatically reshape the roster this summer, just about everything is on the table. And that includes revisiting what the market may now be like for Plumlee’s services.

From Marc Stein of ESPN.com:

It’s unavoidably tantalizing to think about what the Nets might have gotten for Plumlee, had they actively shopped him before he fell out of favor — bearing in mind the two future first-round picks Denver extracted from Cleveland for Timofey Mozgov.

Some rival executives think the Nets might go ahead and explore the Plumlee marketplace anyway, in hopes teams remember his dogged play for Team USA the past summer more than his struggles to get on the floor under first-year Nets coach Lionel Hollins. Now, though, would not appear to be the ideal time to see what shopping him might fetch. …

And I’m hearing teams have indeed begun to inquire about availability of Mason Plumlee based on belief Nets willing to move young big man

The only scenario that should be appealing in terms of trading Plumlee would be one in which Williams or Joe Johnson would be dealt at the same time, while Brooklyn received young talent or draft picks in return to jumpstart the rebuilding process.

Plumlee is still on a rookie scale contract, and having productive players on those inexpensive deals is invaluable for teams trying to manage salary cap and luxury tax challenges.

The Nets have wildly overspent in recent years, and it’s gotten them nowhere. Even if Brook Lopez re-signs in free agency, and even though Plumlee played sparingly as Brooklyn made its late-season run to make the playoffs, Plumlee remains a solid prospect capable of improving. And for what the Nets are paying him, he’s an even better fit for the long-term plans of the franchise.

Report: Nets to shop Joe Johnson, Jarrett Jack in effort to get under luxury tax line

Golden State Warriors v Brooklyn Nets

Everyone fears the repeater tax — even McHale Prokhorov.

Under the terms of the current NBA Collective Bargaining Agreement, teams that pay the luxury tax four seasons in a row will fork over at a higher “repeater tax” rate for living above the line (something meant to punish teams like the Lakers and others that would ignore the tax line in the old CBA). That higher tax rate starts at $2.50 for each $1 teams are over the line (for non-repeaters the rate is $1.50 per $1). The rate goes up if teams are more than $5 million over the line.

No team has yet to pay it — but the Brooklyn Nets could be the first next season. Thanks to their ill-advised “buy me a winner so I can open Barclays Center” season, the Nets have been way over the tax line. Next season would be their fourth over the line (expected to be about $81 million), depending on what happens with keeping Brook Lopez and Thaddeus Young (both are expected to opt out and be free agents, the Nets say it is a priority to re-sign both).

To get under the line, the Nets may try to trade some key pieces, reports Marc Stein at ESPN.

It is widely assumed the Nets will explore the trade markets for both Joe Johnson (with his expiring $24.9 million deal) and Jarrett Jack (due $12.6 million over the next two seasons but only partially guaranteed in 2016-17) to try to get away from tax territory that way, instead of waiving and stretching Deron Williams.

In an ideal world, the Nets could rid themselves of the two-years, $43.3 million left on Deron Williams’ deal, but that will not be easy. Williams declining skill set and injury history make him hard to trade (the Nets don’t have sweeteners like draft picks they can afford to throw in a deal). If they use the stretch provision in Williams he’ll be on the books for almost $9 million a year for five years. Better to bite the bullet now.

Johnson, owed $24.9 million next season, also will not be easy to move at that price, expiring contract or not. Again, teams will want more as reasons to take on that salary.

Jack is owed a very reasonable $6.3 million next season and is only partially guaranteed at that same price for the following season. A lot of teams would be interested in Jack at that price as a backup point guard they can trust.

The Nets are in arguably the worst situation going forward in the league — they are old and expensive, without many draft picks thanks to their trades. Things are going to get worse before they get better in Brooklyn, especially if they start trading away salary to save money.