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Report: Nets’ Wallace to opt out of deal, become free agent

Apr 27, 2012, 6:11 PM EDT

Gerald Wallace AP

As expected, the Nets poor trade for Gerald Wallace is coming home to roost.

Wallace — for whom the Nets traded their first round pick in this deep draft (top three protected) — will seek free agency, according to the twitter of Stephen Bondy of the New York Daily News.

Gerald Wallace says he’ll test free agency. He has a one year player option worth 9.5 million with incentives

He may not get that much in a single year as a free agent, but this is a guy who averaged 15.2 points and 6.8 rebounds a game for the Nets, shot 38 percent from three and can defend. He is a good swingman and he will get multiple teams willing to offer him multiple years.

The Nets say they want to keep him, but that will not be easy. They are expected to retain Brook Lopez (a restricted free agent) and do everything they can to get Deron Williams to stay. Wallace may not fit in that plan.

Was that worth the pick? I just don’t get it.

  1. cakemixa - Apr 27, 2012 at 6:18 PM

    Worst/dumbest trade in NBA history?

    • deadeyedesign23 - Apr 27, 2012 at 7:46 PM

  2. 4thquartermagic - Apr 27, 2012 at 6:23 PM

    Wallace: “I’m opting out.”

    Prokhorov: “What?!”

    Jay-Z: “But were moving to Brooklyn yo.”

    Wallace: “And?”

    (Prokhorov and Jay-Z look at each other)

    Prokhorov: “I thought you said if we moved to Brooklyn EVERYBODY would want to play for the Nets.”

    Jay-Z: “uhhh…”

  3. clevelandschronic2 - Apr 27, 2012 at 6:36 PM

    Sessions is gonna do the same thing to the flakers wen they get booted from the playoffs. Thx flakers for the free #24 pick. Whoever they woulda picked whouldve taken shots away from kobe anyway n u cant have that happen can u L.A?

  4. lancer255 - Apr 27, 2012 at 6:45 PM

    I could speak on behalf of every Sixer’s Billy King might be the worst GM in the history of the NBA. The fact he was hired after the Sixers job is mind boggling. But he gave up Favors, two first rd picks and Devin Harris for Deron Williams (who will leave) and a first pick for the always hurt Gerald Wallace. Wow what an idiot

  5. beaverdam21 - Apr 27, 2012 at 9:57 PM

    Billy King, Danny Ferry, Cherokee Parks, Shavlik Randolph, Trajan Langdon, Christian Laettner, Tommy Amaker, Quin Snyder, Jay Williams

  6. drubeatz - Apr 27, 2012 at 10:33 PM

    This is what happens when you have politicians from Russia, rappers claiming they’re Jehovah and fired GMs running a wack franchise. Terrible decisions. Now your off to rat infested Brooklyn with your tail between your legs. Pathetic! Looks like I’m officially a Knicks fan.

  7. thomaskouns - Apr 27, 2012 at 10:38 PM

    The NYC area has the dumbest owners in the NBA.

  8. moseskkim - Apr 27, 2012 at 10:59 PM

    i love that picture of gerald wallace. Crash is a hard worker. Great rebounder/defender. However, worst trade ever. Its only top 3 protected! top 3?? in this deep of a draft. Nets couldve had dwill, brooks, humps, lopez, etc along with a quality young player but they throw it away for probably nothing. sad way to start life in brooklyn.

  9. detroitcityryda - Apr 27, 2012 at 11:19 PM

    Nets is garbage nobody wants to stay long term even when they move to Brooklyn new city new arena they’ll continue to be garbage ,a team with no history you really think people stop being fans of knicks ?more like 100 nets fans (total fan base ) will come to watch games from jersey Ey badda bing badda bang eyy

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