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The Nets may or may not be a chicken with its head cut off, sign Johan Petro

Jul 10, 2010, 5:07 PM EDT

When the Nets struck out in the Free Agency Summer of Doom, they had to figure out someway to fill out the roster. They drafted Derrick Favors because he was the smart choice, if not the most talented. And since then? They’ve been a little odd.

Signing Travis Outlaw. Okay, sure. You need a wing with Terrence Williams being much better as a 2. Sure thing. Granted, not the marquee guy you look for, but hey, a good upgrade over nothing.

Signing Anthony Morrow. Morrow was high atop my list of value-oriented free agents. He’s one of the most accurate three point shooters in the NBA, as Mr. Krolik alerted you to. But the Nets seem like an odd destination. Morrow could have been the final piece of a championship puzzle, and instead the Nets have brought on a fairly one-sided player who will need to play excellent man-defense, something he’s not elite at, at a position loaded with hyper-athletic playmakers.

Signed Johan Petro. That’s right. Johan Petro. For three years and $10 million dollars. They gave Johan Petro $10 million. That just doesn’t make sense in any fashion. He averaged a double-double per 36 minutes. But he also had a PER of 10, which is, quite simply, not good.

It’s not that the Nets signing were terrible. I mean, it wasn’t David Kahn-level or anything. But when you look at what they’ve done, and the fact that most decisions were made by a GM on his way out the door, there’s going to be some questions. But I’ll keep telling myself what Kurt said. Patience.

  1. 5th grade - Jul 10, 2010 at 6:47 PM

    Your jealousy of David Kahn is getting sad… that guy has turned the Timberwolves from a dead team with bad contracts and no upside… to an athletic team with tons of upside, financial flexibility and zero bad contracts.
    stop acting like a ex girlfriend

  2. Josh - Jul 10, 2010 at 7:19 PM

    Don’t start believing David Kahn knows what he is doing. That cat has on clue what he is doing. Keeps trying to sign pg’s. Drafted a pg who had all but told him that he wouldn’t come over top play, and on top of that drafted another pg in the same draft. Then, even better, resigned Darko for a silly amount. Yeah, pointing out David Kahn is bad at his job is really showing jealousy… :-)

  3. Atronic - Jul 10, 2010 at 9:06 PM

    Favors was the smart choice, are you seriouse? The dude might be when all is said and done the best player in the Draft, he’s 18 and is a beast.

  4. ghoti - Jul 10, 2010 at 9:08 PM

    – Travis Outlaw is a stretch four who can play the three depending on matchups. He signed for a reasonable amount and fits all kinds of lineups. He filled a glaring need.
    – Morrow is one of the best 3-point shooters in the NBA. The Nets are not an odd destination for a quality bench shooter. Lee is the only plus long-range shooter on the roster and he is not consistent. Another reasonable deal.
    – Petro is a backup center. You make it sound like 3 years/$10M is a lot for that position, but he is an upgrade over Josh Boone and signed for half of what Darko got and a fraction of the great Amir Johnson. You can’t go into the season with Brian Zoubek at that spot.
    As far as Favors not being the most talented player available, that’s just a strange take. We’ll see, I guess.
    If I don’t start seeing better analysis from you, I would have no problems reading what Jimmy Claussen has to say about the Nets. Just sayin’.

  5. Ziggy45 - Jul 20, 2010 at 10:26 AM

    The Nets should have kept Josh Boone he had one so so year but has a good history except for foul shots If he starts playing like he used they may be sorry. But I don’t think he was happy in NJ anyway
    Hope the Hawks get him Ziggy Savannah GA

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