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Did Jay-Z approve this? Nets to sign DeShawn Stevenson.


DeShawn Stevenson was once dissed in a Jay-Z song because of the players running feud with LeBron James (something that flared up again during the NBA finals last year when Stevenson was with the Mavericks).

Soon, Stevenson will play for Jay-Z and his Nets.

Stevenson has reached a contract deal with the New Jersey Nets, according to Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News. It’s a one-year deal worth $2.5 million (the Nets are still all about the cap space for next summer).

Stevenson started 54 games for the Mavs last year but he will come off the bench and have to fight for minutes in a crowded Nets backcourt. Anthony Morrow is the starter at the two guard, Marshon Brooks can play that roll off the bench (or be the three), and there is also Stephen Graham. (At the point the Nets are pretty set with Deron Williams and Jordan Farmar.)

What Stevenson brings is some defensive intensity the Nets have lacked at the wing — and a guy who will get in LeBron’s face. That is what can get him some run.

On offense, the vast majority of Stevenson’s shot attempts were from three last season (all but about one shot a game) and he hit 37.8 percent of them, which was a career high.

Blow the whistle.

NBA Season Preview: New Jersey Nets


Last season: 24-58, a better-than-last-year mark that reminds us all just how terrible bad teams can be.

Head Coach: Avery Johnson, who still has a lot to prove. We know he can yell at teams filled with veterans until they win 60+ games, but how effectively can he groom young talent? How does his system operate with an elite point guard at the helm? Can he really push Brook Lopez to new heights, or is his abrasive style more taxing than it is helpful? Every month of Avery only leaves me with more questions, and hopefully this season we’ll finally get a few answers.

Key Departures: Kris Humphries?, Travis Outlaw, Brandan Wright

Key Additions: Shawne Williams, Marshon Brooks, Shelden Williams

Best case scenario: You know the drill: the Nets somehow pull off the trade of the century, and pair Deron Williams with the second best player in the NBA. Dwight Howard coming to the Nets would change everything for New Jersey/Brooklyn/the known universe, and would without a doubt represent this team’s best possible outcome.

For that to happen: New Jersey would probably need to stockpile more trade assets. A package that would gift Brook Lopez, oodles of draft picks, and financial relief to the Magic reportedly wasn’t enough to even keep Orlando at the table, meaning that the Nets will have to find some creative ways to improve their offer. Is there another third team out there — aside from the Blazers, who attempted to facilitate the Nets’ initial trade configuration —  who could make the offers for Dwight more interesting?

More likely, the Sixers will: Cling desperately to Deron, make every run possible at Dwight, and then still have to wait out Howard’s free agent decision next summer like everyone else. The Nets should have a pretty mediocre season in the meantime, as even a year’s worth of Deron Williams can’t make up for the dearth of capable wing players on the roster. The Nets may not be done dealing in free agency, but if their most current roster is the one they go into the season with, Stephen Graham masquerading as a big-minute wing player is going to get very old very fast.

Prediction: 31-35, which is just good enough to miss the playoffs and secure a mid first-round pick that will inevitably be included in any proposed trades for Howard. Congrats, Nets fans: Williams’ first full season in New Jersey will be completely obscured by the shadow of Dwight Howard’s trade demands, and the season itself — which will feature a scantily upgraded roster in the name of financial flexibility — will again be forgettable. But hey, the team’s better than last year, right?

Anthony Morrow should be back with Nets this weekend… if he’s still a Net then

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Anthony Morrow’s hamstring will have kept him out of the lineup for 17 games as of Wednesday night. If you don’t think that has impacted the Nets, you haven’t watched Stephen Graham play the two guard.

But Morrow is expected to return this weekend to the team, maybe by Friday night, according to the twitter of Ben Couch, the official Nets.com writer.

Morrow is athletic and can stretch the floor — he was shooting 41.1 percent from three in the first 25 games. He was giving he Nets 12.8 points per game and while the rest of his game had not been as efficient as hoped (or as it had been in Golden State) he was playing much better than his replacements.

Of course, this is assuming he is still a Net on Friday. That is likely, but Morrow has been one of the players expected to be shipped out to Denver if the Carmelo Anthony trade ever comes to fruition.

Stephen Graham reaches deal with Nets

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Thumbnail image for nets-logo.gifThe Nets picked up a little depth on the wing Wednesday by signing former Charlotte Bobcat Stephen Graham to a two-year deal.

The news comes via a tweet from Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports, who adds that the second year of Graham’s $2.1 million deal is a team option.

Graham averaged 4.6 points in 11.5 minutes per game off the bench for the Bobcats last season. He was never Larry Brown’s favorite and his minutes were not consistent.

How many minutes Graham will be able to get in Newark behind Travis Outlaw, Anthony Morrow, Terrence Williams and the rest of the gang remains to be seen.