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It’s hard to mess up the No. 3 pick. Some think the Nets might have.
A lot of people are very enamored of DeMarcus Cousins. They say that past all the weight issues and a supposed attitude problem, there’s a legit NBA center there that teams – New Jersey included – will be mad down the road to have passed on.
As a big fan of unwarranted hype, I’d like to say I buy into the Cousins camp, but I can’t fault New Jersey with going for Derrick Favors, who seems like he’ll be the more reliable player – even if he’s got less in the way of potential.
Also, while Cousins would have had to compete with Brook Lopez for minutes, Favors will slide nicely into the power forward slot that didn’t provide much for the Nets this last year with Yi Jianlian taking the majority of starts.
Later in the night, the Nets turned their No. 27 and No. 31 picks into Damion James, who the Hawks selected with the No. 24 pick. I’m not the biggest fan of this move – James is a 6-foot-7 guy whose best asset is arguably his rebounding, which might not translate to the NBA. But clearly something excited the Nets about James that the people available at their two later picks simply didn’t. Those picks turned into Jordan Crawford and Tibor Pleiss – I wouldn’t be surprised if either one turns into a better NBA player than James.
But the key to the Nets’ evening was clearly getting Favors at the No. 3 slot. Everything else will be forgotten about relatively quickly, whiel you hope that a No. 3 overall draft pick can become a player you can count on for several years down the line. I think Derrick Favors can be that guy.
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.
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.
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!
Chad Ford writes that the New Jersey Nets seem to have returned to Derrick Favors as their target with the No. 3 pick in this year’s draft.
Georgia Tech big man Derrick Favors is back in favor in New Jersey. A league source told me on Wednesday night that after 24 hours of debate, it looks like Favors has re-emerged as the favorite to go No. 3. After a so-so Favors workout on Monday, the Nets began to move toward Syracuse forward Wes Johnson. But with the draft now less than 24 hours away, Favors has re-emerged as the favorite. The news squashes the prevailing theory around the league that drafting Johnson was a precursor to the Nets signing free agent forward Carlos Boozer this summer. Both Johnson and Boozer are represented by the same agent, Rob Pelinka. The source stressed that the decision wasn’t a final one and that the Nets were also exploring potential trade options with the No. 3 pick. But if the draft were held tonight, Favors would be the pick.
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.
Terrence Williams of the New Jersey Nets reacts in disbelief to the news that his teammate Chris Douglas-Roberts has been traded to the Milwaukee Bucks.
Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports is now reporting that the Nets have agreed to trade Chris Douglas-Roberts to the Milwaukee Bucks.
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.
The latest from Wojnarowski has the Nets receiving a future draft consideration rather than a pick this year.
ESPN.com’s Chad Ford reports that the New Jersey Nets may trade forward Chris Douglas-Roberts before draft day.
Now sources say that the Bucks and Nets are in serious negotiations on a deal that would send Chris Douglas-Roberts to the Bucks for a second round pick. With the addition of Maggette and Douglas-Roberts, you have to wonder if the Bucks may look at something other than a wing with the No. 15 pick in the draft.
Douglas-Roberts posted this mysterious tweet today, furthering the speculation as the initials "FTD" may stand for the Bucks's slogan "Fear The Deer."
Ok y'all. Can't say anything until Friday. Sorry! FTD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!less than a minute ago via EchofonChris Dougey-Roberts
Will New Jersey go for Syracuse's Wesley Johnson with the third pick? Or, will they choose between Derrick Favors and DeMarcus Cousins? Or, will something totally unexpected happen? The Nets also have the first pick of Round 2.
We will keep you abreast of all the rumors leading up to Thursday evening.