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Alan Anderson re-signs with Nets, raises Brooklyn’s NBA-high payroll

Jul 14, 2014, 10:20 PM EDT

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The Nets needed Alan Anderson last season.

Jason Kidd moved the guard into the starting lineup for Games 6 and 7 – both wins – of Brooklyn’s first-round upset of the Raptors. Anderson used his outside shooting to draw a defender and space the floor in ways the player he replaced, Shaun Livingston, couldn’t.

With Livingston headed to the Warriors and Paul Pierce to the Wizards, the Nets decided they still need Anderson on the wing.

The agency of Anderson, who opted out of a minimum-salary contract:

Devin Kharpertian of The Brooklyn Game

To re-sign with the Nets at this point, Anderson could have made between $2,249,168 and $2,609,544 over the next two years. If he were returning to Brooklyn, there wasn’t much room for negotiation.

Bojan Bogdanovic already took the taxpayer mid-level exception, the Nets only realistic way of paying Anderson more. With Anderson (assuming he got his max possible salary and Kharpertian rounded), Bogdanovic and one of their second-round picks making the roster on a minimum salary, the Nets are facing a payroll of $128,164,804 – $93,538,372 in salary and $34,626,432 in taxes.

  1. sportsfan18 - Jul 14, 2014 at 10:32 PM

    The Russian is throwing away so much money for nothing.

    • fraudguy - Jul 14, 2014 at 10:41 PM

      …But are the chicks for free?

    • bkbell3 - Jul 15, 2014 at 12:24 AM

      Russian ba ba billionaire says, ese drop ein bucket {in russian voice}

      • borisalessandri - Jul 15, 2014 at 7:17 AM

        “This is my club, so i will splash the pot whenever the f_ck i please.” -Teddy KGB

  2. dirtyjerseysports - Jul 14, 2014 at 10:44 PM

    So what your saying is the Nets got younger and have saved 70 mill since last year…

  3. realfootballfan - Jul 14, 2014 at 10:55 PM

    The Nets moved from Newark to Brooklyn and picked up some of that old Knick stupid juice when they got inside the boroughs.

  4. csbanter - Jul 14, 2014 at 11:15 PM

    The Nets have some pieces, don’t sleep on them. Lopez, D Will, Teletovic, Mason Plumlee,Jarrett Jack and of course Joe Johnson. Plus they have a better coach than Kidd. Don’t rule them out.

  5. deadeyedesign23 - Jul 15, 2014 at 12:08 AM

    I can’t believe how screwed this team is. They traded their first pick in 7 out of 8 seasons for the privilege of:

    •Taking on Iso Joe’s asinine contract
    •Getting 2 months of Gerald Wallace in a lost season and then resigning him as a FA
    •One year of Paul Pierce
    •Two years of a broke down KG

    Billy King must be the stupidest man breathing air. Dude couldn’t tell you what direction an elevator was going if you gave him 2 guesses.

    • bkbell3 - Jul 15, 2014 at 12:27 AM

      Russian ba ba billionaire says, must needs make beeg splash in da first yeara {in russian voice}

    • bougin89 - Jul 15, 2014 at 3:48 PM

      “They traded their first pick in 7 out of 8 seasons”

      That’s literally impossible in the current CBA and that’s not what they did(I sense some heavy sarcasm on your part though, so I get your point).

      In the Net’s defense:

      The Wallace contract was moved for Paul Pierce/KG. In hindsight, can’t really fault them for that.

      They swung for a home run by mortgaging their future. Was it smart? No but Brooklyn fans had a better season than a lot of us…

      • deadeyedesign23 - Jul 15, 2014 at 11:02 PM

        Well I was wrong in that it’s 6 out of 7 but that is true. The years in between the Celtics deal the Hawks swap picks with us if our pick is better.

        And the PG/KG deal was terrible in foresight. You can’t bet the next 5 years of your franchise on a 1 year window in a trade that made you at best the 3rd-4th best team in the weak East depending on Rose’s health.

      • bougin89 - Jul 16, 2014 at 9:14 AM

        Well, there are a lot of IF’s in hindsight. The biggest one being IF Brook Lopez didn’t get hurt. You may think differently about that trade IF they were healthy.

      • deadeyedesign23 - Jul 16, 2014 at 10:10 AM

        Again though Lopez was a big man coming off a year he played only 7 games cause of injury. I’m typically ok with taking your shot for a ring cause flags fly forever. For example I’m in on the Kevin Love to the Cavs even without the certainty he’d sign because that would make them legitimately the best team in the East. Betting everything on something that was still an 8-1 shot according to Vegas, for one year was insane.

      • bougin89 - Jul 16, 2014 at 5:08 PM

        Lopez was coming off a season in which he was arguably the best offensive big man in the league and he played 74 games. Plus he was a legit shot blocker protecting the paint.

        I totally see your point, and you make a good one. I kind of agree with you but I don’t think it was THAT bad of a decision considering they were already locked into that roster anyways with Lopez, Joe Johnson, Wallace and Deron’s contracts anyways. Why not go all in?

        The bigger question for me is why lock yourself into a roster with Joe Johnson, Deron Williams, Lopez, Kris Humphries and Gerard Wallace all on pretty large (and long save for Humphries) contracts?

      • deadeyedesign23 - Jul 16, 2014 at 11:35 PM

        Yeah I mean I agree that Billy King’s rack record of being an imbecile goes back to essentially the second Rod Thorne left and he took over.

        I’m fine with locking in Deron Williams (even though in retrospect that deal isn’t looking so hot) and Lopez, but there was no reason to give up what you did to take on Johnson’s contract. Worse was Gerald Wallace who he traded for with 2 months left in a season where you were last in the Atlantic. Wallace was a free agent at the end of the year…you could have just signed him. Instead he gave up the 6th overall pick in the draft for 2 months of a Wallace in a lost season. That pick became Damien Lillard by the way.

      • bougin89 - Jul 17, 2014 at 9:46 AM

        Totally agree. That’s where the real mistakes were made by King.

    • mazblast - Jul 16, 2014 at 1:09 AM

      “Dude couldn’t tell you what direction an elevator was going if you gave him 2 guesses.”

      Oh man, that’s a new entry in my Quotes file. Brilliant.

  6. Nadeem - Jul 15, 2014 at 12:22 AM

    This is exactly the direction Kevin Garnett was excited about.

  7. campcouch - Jul 15, 2014 at 1:54 AM

    Billy King is building the Nets like he did the Sixers. Maybe he should call up Allen Iverson.

  8. rrhoe - Jul 15, 2014 at 8:04 AM

    Boston stuck it to them pretty good for sure.

  9. wwttww - Jul 15, 2014 at 11:50 AM

    Hawks can swap picks with Nets this year. Lottery?

  10. hartdaddy - Jul 15, 2014 at 11:55 AM

    Can you imagine the lashings that other NY basketball team would recieve if they had made just SOME of the moves the Nets have made over the past years? Yikes…

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