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Chris Douglas-Roberts traded to Bucks for a second-round pick, Nets to target Boozer in free agency

Jun 23, 2010, 9:57 AM EST

Thumbnail image for nets-logo.gifUPDATE 9:57 pm: The two sides have reached a deal — the Nets will get a 2012 second round pick, according to Chad Ford. The NBA equivalent of a player to be named later. That is not much to get back for an up-and-coming player like CDR.

But it does free up just more than $800,000 in salary space. The Nets may make other money-saving moves in an effort to have space for two max free agents this summer.

8:34 pm: Chris Douglas-Roberts is one of those guys always mentioned as part of the future of the New Jersey Nets.

Not so much, at least in the eyes of Rod Thorn. What he is picturing is more like Devin Harris at the one, Wesley Johnson at the three, Carlos Boozer at the four and Brook Lopez in the middle.

Let me explain.

CDR is about to be traded to the Milwaukee Bucks for the bargain basement price of just a second round pick, the two teams are just haggling over which second-round pick in what year will come back to New Jersey, according to Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski, who broke the trade.

This is another sign that the Nets are set to draft Syracuse’s Wesley Johnson with the No. 3 pick and were trying to avoid any controversy or glut of talent out on the wing.

Then in eight days the Nets are going to target Utah power forward Carlos Boozer in free agency, according to ESPN’s Marc Stein.

That all would make the Nets pretty good on paper, certainly a playoff team in the East. On paper. Of course, on paper they were better than a 12 win team last season, so be careful as you walk up to the betting window.

The CDR move comes as a surprise. We’re all pretty high on what Douglas-Roberts could be — although his NBA game has yet to reach his twitter game levels. Teammate Terrance Williams reacted on twitter like a lot of Nets fans to the news of the trade:

CDR got traded? What helllllll noooooo

CDR started 38 games for the struggling Nets last season but really doesn’t bring a whole lot to the table beyond scoring — which he doesn’t even do that efficiently right now (45 percent shooting last year, 51 percent true shooting percentage, both a little below the league averages). But he could get his shot off. And everyone saw potential in him.

And at just $854,389 (his salary next year), it seemed worth hanging on to if that potential could mature. But the Nets are moving on.

The Bucks may have gotten a steal, he should get some burn as a Buck to show how he has grown.

  1. KnicksTweets - Jun 23, 2010 at 9:35 AM

    Russian billionaire shakeup, huh? Doesn’t make an ounce of sense to deal an up-and-coming talent like Chris Douglas-Roberts for a 2nd round (throw away) pick in 2012. Interested to learn the additional considerations and relation to either a 2nd deal on draft night or free agency. As of now, like it as a Knicks fan, but have a sneaky suspicion things here are not as they seem.
    KnicksTweets
    http://knickstweets.net

  2. Jersey Mike in LA - Jun 23, 2010 at 10:56 AM

    “An up-and-coming talent” that couldn’t find a way to contribute to a 12 win team. As an avid Nets fan/watcher, CDR is a one dimensional, me-first, selfish “talent.” He can score, albeit not efficiently. He has no jumper. He does not rebound. He does not pass or defend. Worst of all he routinely criticized his teammates and coaches via Twitter when things did not go his way. He was a second round pick two years ago and has done nothing to improve his worth in his two years in the league.

  3. Jersey Mike in LA - Jun 23, 2010 at 10:56 AM

    “An up-and-coming talent” that couldn’t find a way to contribute to a 12 win team. As an avid Nets fan/watcher, CDR is a one dimensional, me-first, selfish “talent.” He can score, albeit not efficiently. He has no jumper. He does not rebound. He does not pass or defend. Worst of all he routinely criticized his teammates and coaches via Twitter when things did not go his way. He was a second round pick two years ago and has done nothing to improve his worth in his two years in the league.

  4. jjster2 - Jun 23, 2010 at 9:23 PM

    Jersey Mike, It’s amazing how you avid net fans were all giddy when
    CDR had a decent coach and was producing early on. The coach changed, the system changed,and this kid fell out of favor with the new joke of a coach who didnt have a clue as to how to use this kid. He is young and he did say some things that he should have kept to himself. But you get that kind of reaction from a kid that was not accustomed to losing. This kid is not a cancer as he has been made out to be. He just became the popular guy to dump on because he spoke out about losing. I watched CDR for 3 years at Memphis and he was never selfish, as you call him. The nets will regret this trade down the road. You can take that to the bank. Godspeed Chris, and shake the haters!!

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