Yesterday, Nets GM Billy King spoke to the media and had plenty to say about the upcoming free agency of many of the Nets players. Some of the highlights of his quotes are below.
Billy King on the most important free agents for the Nets:
“Obviously, Deron and Gerald Wallace are key pieces that we would like back in the fold. (And) Brook Lopez. They are major, big-time free agents, and you add Humphries in there as a starting four. So, you look at those guys and I didn’t do it in any order. I’m just trying to think as you go through the 11 in my head. But those four, I think, are core pieces that you’ve got to look to build with going forward.”
Billy King on Gerald Wallace’s contract:
“I told him that in his [exit] meeting as well that he deserves a multiyear deal. The reality is, being 30 years old, this is probably one of his last chances to get a nice contract. Our goal is to try to get him to the point where he’s comfortable with the numbers, we’re comfortable with the numbers and we keep him in the fold.”Wallace was never going to sign an extension or opt in to his contract after all.”
Billy King on feeling pressure from Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov:
“People say, ‘Is there pressure because [owner Mikhail Prokhorov] said we’re going to win a championship in five years?’ No, that’s a great goal; I’d rather have an owner saying that than, ‘Don’t lose me money.’ You know?”
King has a lot of work to do this offseason if the Nets are going to put a competitive team on the court for opening night in Brooklyn. We will see if he can make the team live up to the expectations of Brooklyn fans and Prokhorov.