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Report: Nets to target free agents Kevin Garnett, Ersan Ilyasova

Mar 27, 2012, 6:37 PM EDT

Boston Celtics' Kevin Garnett reacts during their NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers as the Clippers' DeAndre Jordan looks on in Los Angeles Reuters

Dwight Howard is still the guy at the top of the Nets most wanted list.

But he is not going to be there when the Nets start playing in Brooklyn next season, so the Nets are looking at some other potential free agents who could pair well with Deron Williams — who they are desperately trying to keep.

How about Kevin Garnett? If hot him, maybe Ersan Ilyasova? That’s what the New York Daily News is reporting.

According to multiple sources, the Nets – who will have roughly $8 million to work with this summer after renouncing the rights to Kris Humphries — are targeting power forwards Kevin Garnett (restricted) and Ersan Ilyasova (unrestricted) in free agency.

Ryan Anderson (restricted) is the other top power forward available – and would certainly be a welcomed upgrade — but the Nets want a stronger rebounder to play alongside Brook Lopez.

Garnett says he wants to retire a Celtic. They may well bring him back. I think if the right offer from a team where he could win another ring came along, he could change his mind. That team is not the Nets, however.

Ilyasova however would be a better fit next to Williams (if they can keep D-Will from bolting to Dallas, which is another issue). Ilyasova can stretch the floor (shooting 40 percent from three this season) and is very effective as a spot up shooter and working off the ball as a cutter. He’s not as effective as you think as the roll man (shooting 33 percent in that position, according to MySynergySports) but he can get you some offensive rebounds. He’s pretty good on the glass in general. Oh, and he’s 11 years younger than Garnett.

Ilyasova is going to be a nice pickup by somebody this summer. For the Nets? Well, they need to do something because they traded their pick (top 3 protected) to Portland for Gerald Wallace.

  1. londonaiooo - Mar 27, 2012 at 6:51 PM

    Ilyasova is going to get paid and stop working. At the end of his contract all of a sudden he’s a top free agent target and working his butt off. I’ve seen this before I think, this has overpriced signing all over it. Good luck signing or trading for Dwight without cap space.

    • mtpack - Mar 28, 2012 at 1:03 AM

      Ersan has barely gotten any minutes until this year, and when he has, he plays well. Check out per minute stats in years past. Also, look at his numbers in Turkey. The man is not a slacker. You, Landon, are an idiot.

  2. jmclarkent - Mar 27, 2012 at 7:30 PM

    I know that they have given up a lot banking on this offseason, but sometimes you have to cut your losses. Even if Deron sticks around, overpaying Kevin Garnett is not the answer.

  3. lakerluver - Mar 27, 2012 at 7:48 PM

    They shouldn’t even waste their time, KG will be a LAKER next season. Bye, bye Metta hello KG.

    • cosanostra71 - Mar 27, 2012 at 8:17 PM

      that would be awesome but I see absolutely zero scenarios where that actually happens

    • cinnalocks - Mar 27, 2012 at 9:33 PM

      That makes no sense they do not even play the same position. That is Gasol’s Spot, not Metta’s. Besides the Lakers need to get younger and more athletic off the bench not older and slower. Good thing you name is not BUSS.

      • eugenesaxe - Mar 28, 2012 at 12:15 AM

        It doesn’t have to make sense, he’s an over-zealous fanboy.

  4. lakerluver - Mar 27, 2012 at 7:51 PM

    A frontline of Pau, KG, and Bynum will be unbelievable!! KG has a home in L. A. and he’s close with Kobe. Plus, Stephen A. Smith said it should happen, so there you go.

    • cinnalocks - Mar 27, 2012 at 9:38 PM

      Yeah right and when the other team fast breaks who would defend?? Non of them run the court. The lane would be clogged no room for anyone. Bad move, not to mention the cost involved. Ideally the Lakers need a lock down defender, rebounder, and shooter on the wing. The would help to open up the middle so Kobe, Bynum and Gasol can operate.

    • snoopy2014 - Mar 27, 2012 at 11:11 PM

      Well this only happens if you think Garnett signs for the mini-midlevel, because the C’s aren’t signing and trading him to the Lakers. So…not happening. Garnett’s old, but he’s still worth more than mini-midlevel money.

    • 00maltliquor - Mar 28, 2012 at 3:55 AM

      Please my good man, fellow Laker bretheren…..stop the insanity!

  5. seanb20124 - Mar 27, 2012 at 8:15 PM

    Garnett’s done as a good player

  6. eugenesaxe - Mar 27, 2012 at 8:43 PM

    Way to aim for the dirt NJ.

    • drunkenjunk - Mar 27, 2012 at 10:14 PM

      Brooklyn Nets meet, the Islanders, Mets and Jets

    • drewzducks - Mar 28, 2012 at 1:50 PM

      Careful with that axe Eugene!

      • eugenesaxe - Mar 28, 2012 at 4:42 PM


  7. drubeatz - Mar 27, 2012 at 10:46 PM

    Nets are a laughing stock. Just another bad team in the wack NBA.

  8. giselleisasucubus - Mar 27, 2012 at 11:48 PM

    Is this a joke post? Why would Garnett go to New Jersey? Please, explain this to me. Also, Laker fans? Are you retarded? You really think KG would go there now? Delusional in here tonight. He is either playing for Boston or retiring. Betting money says he signs a deal in Boston- 2years, 20 mil. Ray will get 2 years, 18 mil, Celts will hunt desperately for a guy to put in the other max contract spot. Josh Smith is the top candidate, Celts have 2 1st rders and pieces to trade and he has made it clear he wants out of Atlanta, he is buddies w/Rondo and already said he would love to play on Boston. Also, he adds athleticism that they sorely need. THAT makes sense.

  9. lakerluver - Mar 28, 2012 at 12:09 AM

    He’s gonna look good in the PURP AND GOLD. KG has made 300 mill, at this point he only wants another ring. He has a home in Cali, and he’s close with Kobe. The LAKERS will dump Metta and do whatever else to fit him in. Don’t be shocked if it happens. Why would he stay on Boston’s sinking ship?! KG will want to play for a contender.

    • eugenesaxe - Mar 28, 2012 at 12:17 AM

      Yeah, because LA really needs more than 1 superstar-on-the-decline.

  10. lakerluver - Mar 28, 2012 at 2:06 AM

    If he’s declining so much why do the Celtics still want him? No he’s not the KG from 5 years ago but you can’t tell me he can’t help put a good team over the top. He has no true allegiance to Boston, why would he stay there and lose for his last couple of years? The Celtics are no longer title contenders and KG knows it! Even if doesn’t go to the LAKERS, he won’t be in Boston next season.

  11. whiskyslim - Mar 28, 2012 at 3:31 AM

    How about instead of KG they make a run at RG3. Hehe

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