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

Dec 22, 2011, 9:44 AM EDT

DeShawn Stevenson Reuters

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.

  1. watermelon1 - Dec 22, 2011 at 10:23 AM

    The DC area rapper ProVerb owned Jay-Z way back when that happened. And looks like DeShawn ended up better than Lebron! A ring, and Jigga requires his services. Too funny! Talk about having to swallow pride! HOV… Stay in your lane!

  2. dalucks - Dec 22, 2011 at 1:14 PM

    He is a minority owner with 5% stake in the Nets so his 5% does not overrule the 95% of the majority owner that signed Deshawn to the contract.

  3. a185 - Dec 22, 2011 at 2:47 PM

    Is this dude implying that Jay-Z had to swallow his pride… Stevenson is working for him, he’s the one that has to swallow his pride cause Hov can talk all kinds of trash (I was looking for a 4 letter word but trash will do) to him but Stevenson really can’t say anything… to quote Hov “I’m a boss, I don’t know what they do, I don’t get dropped, I drop the label,” in this case Stevenson was dropped cause Dallas no longer wants him and didn’t resign him… the Nets are a downgrade. Name a record company that would let Jay-Z go he wanted to stay. And Stevenson has a ring but so does Darko and Tyronn Lue… using that logic Lue would be better than Allen Iverson who out played Kobe in that series just cause he has a ring. So Stevenson is better than LeBron now, right.

  4. rickmyralls - Dec 23, 2011 at 11:14 AM

    Maybee Stevenson can get soulja boy a job . Something like soulja “ball” boy tell em when to stretch.

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