NBA Draft: Did The Nets Make A Mistake Picking Favors At No. 3?

Derrick Favors, Damion Jones selected by Nets in first round. See NetsDaily for more analysis. See SBNation.com for full draft coverage.

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New Jersey Deals For Damion James

The Nets clearly really liked the Texas forward, trading up in order to take the 6-foot-7 player, whom the Hawks selected at No. 24 the Nets’ behalf. 

James, who seemingly projects to be somewhere between a small and power forward, will probably end up slotting behind Derrick Favors, their first pick of the evening, on their depth chart.

The Nets had to give up the No. 27 and No. 31 picks, who turned out to be Jordan Crawford from Xavier and Tibor Pleiss from Germany.

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Nets Take Derrick Favors Third Overall

After keeping their pick relatively close to the vest, New Jersey selected Derrick Favors, the 6-foot-10 freshman power forward from Georgia Tech.

John Wall was destined to go to the Wizards, the Sixers didn’t try to hide their selection of Evan Turner, so the Nets were the first real wild card in the draft, and they went with last year’s ACC Rookie of the Year.

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REPORT: Nets Looking To Deal Devin Harris

Adrian Wojnarowski from Yahoo! Sports tweets that the New Jersey Nets and Indiana Pacers are looking to make a deal before Thursday night’s NBA Draft:

Pacers and Nets discussing trade to send package including Danny Granger and 10th pick for Devin Harris, Yi and No. 3 pick, sources tell Y!

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Rumor: Nets Will Select Johnson To Increase Chances Of Signing Boozer In Free Agency

ESPN's Marc Stein has word on the latest theory making the NBA rounds, and it involves an explanation of why the Nets may select Syracuse swingman Wesley Johnson--and not Derrick Favors or DeMarcus Cousins, the two top-tier big men in the draft--with the third overall pick in Thursday's Draft:

Multiple teams have passed along their belief to ESPN.com that the Nets have serious interest in Johnson at No. 3 largely because they believe it will help them land Utah’s Carlos Boozer in free agency.

New Jersey’s main position of emphasis once the free-agent market opens July 1 is power forward, with the Nets possessing an estimated $27 million in salary-cap space and with Brook Lopez and Devin Harris entrenched at center and point guard.

The connection between Johnson and Boozer? They're both represented by the same agent: Rob Pelinka.

The selection of Johnson would be a strong tip-off, sources say, that New Jersey will be chasing Boozer hardest when free agency commences, ahead of potential targets such as Phoenix’s Amare Stoudemire.

For what it's worth--and it should be worth something, given his track record--Jonathan Givony of DraftExpress posted this message on his Twitter account this morning, saying the Nets will undoubtedly take Johnson.

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Report: Nets Dump Chris Douglas-Roberts To Bucks For Second Round Pick

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports is now reporting that the Nets have agreed to trade Chris Douglas-Roberts to the Milwaukee Bucks.

Milwaukee will give Nets the 44th pick in Draft for Chris Douglas-Roberts, league source tells Y!. Now Jersey holds Nos. 3, 27, 31 and 44.less than a minute ago via web


The 44th pick was traded to the Bucks earlier in the day by the Golden State Warriors, who received it in a Monday trade with the Portland Trail Blazers.

Wojnarowski has added a correction, stating that it's not totally finalized which pick is being traded back to New Jersey.   The deal is still expected to go through.

Quick correction: Nets and Bucks still finalizing the 2nd-round pick in Chris Douglas-Roberts deal, but one team exec. says won't be 44 now.less than a minute ago via web

 

The latest from Wojnarowski has the Nets receiving a future draft consideration rather than a pick this year.

Bucks won't give Nets 44th or 47th picks in Douglas-Roberts deal, team source says. Teams working on a future draft consideration.less than a minute ago via web

 

Head over to SB Nation's NetsDaily.com for the Nets perspective and BrewHoop.com for the Bucks side. 

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