Sunday , Mar , 06 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: David West likes the Nets?


So how do you feel about the Jersey/Brooklyn option?

I think that team, obviously, is a lot more interesting than they were. They were so young before they made that deal, and nobody saw that deal coming. I don’t know. I know it’s a team that has some (cap) space and a need, but it’s … like I said, when the time comes, we’ll see what’s out there. Again, at this point in my career, money won’t really be the number one (criterion).


HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Call it the D-Will Effect.

Players want to partner with Deron Williams, the game’s top table-setter and a legitimate superstar. Now that the New Jersey Nets have Williams, they’re a destination.

Sure, their new Brooklyn stadium is nice. Sure, Brook Lopez can score. And sure, their owner’s deep pockets will help. If the Nets are to become relevant, it begins and ends with Williams.

So David West, a free agent at season’s end, is interested in the Nets. Is the feeling mutual?

Well, probably not. West is a nice player, but he’s not the co-superstar Williams or the Nets need. And the New Orleans Hornets forward will surely point to his scoring average and demand big money.

To re-sign Williams, who himself can become a free agent in 2012, the Nets must make a major splash at the 2-3 spot. This means signing a couple of great players, not a good one like West.

After all, this is the new polarized NBA, where real superstars roll in trios. And frankly, West is a third or fourth option on a very good team. 

–Oly Sandor.

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