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Gerald Wallace to opt out with Nets, become free agent

Jun 13, 2012, 8:11 PM EDT

Gerald Wallace AP

So you traded the No. 6 overall pick in this draft for…

Gerald Wallace. At the trade deadline the Nets gave up what became the No. 6 pick in the deepest draft in years to Portland for Wallace. The same Wallace who had a player option for next season.

He confirmed what we all expected, he is opting out, reports Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer. Wallace was due to make $9.5 million next season but is clearly seeking both a larger payday and some long term stability.

Wallace scored 15.2 points per game for the Nets, but wasn’t as efficient as he had been — he shot 41.6 percent with the Nets, well off his 47.3 percent career average. But he can defend, score in transition, put up points — he’s a solid all-around No. 2.

This is not a surprise, not to the Nets or anyone else. He wants stability. My guess is that the Nets will keep him with a new, longer-term deal. They need to or they threw away the No. 6 pick (and frankly they never should have made the trade in the first place, bad rebuilding.) He alone is not keeping Deron Williams in Brooklyn, but Wallace is the kind of building block teams can use.

  1. biasedhomer - Jun 13, 2012 at 8:34 PM

    Billy King continues to be a horrible GM

  2. bestcoastinfluence - Jun 13, 2012 at 9:12 PM

    Smart move for him. Williams is probably gone too and this team is gonna be horrible next year.

  3. storebrandcookies - Jun 13, 2012 at 9:27 PM

    Wow, the Nets look to be in shambles for the next few years.

  4. cakemixa - Jun 13, 2012 at 9:34 PM

    Worst rental/trade in sports history.

  5. rushbacker - Jun 13, 2012 at 9:36 PM

    Wow, the excitement for this team in Brooklyn must really be off the charts. Way to bring home a winner, Jay-Z!

  6. rocketsbb - Jun 13, 2012 at 11:34 PM

    At least they got a new arena!

  7. daniel10017 - Jun 14, 2012 at 8:54 AM

    If Deron Williams leaves they will end up 10-72, both King and Avery Johnson will be fired. Prokohov should just sell the team, he is joke even in his native Russia.

  8. minnesotablizzard - Jun 14, 2012 at 9:40 AM

    Pleeease Timberwolves make a run at Wallace, what a perfect need/vet for the team.

  9. bleed4philly - Jun 15, 2012 at 12:57 AM

    LOL Bill Simmons called this the moment the trade went down. Billy King is a fool, my grandma would make a better gm than that turd.

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