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Nets Backup Plan Includes Kirilenko?
Posted By HOOPSWORLD On July 10, 2013 @ 4:31 pm In Headlines,NBA Headlines | No Comments
The N.B.A. lifted its moratorium on signings and trades Wednesday, allowing teams to announce and discuss the deals they made in the last 10 days, with a few exceptions.
The Nets’ trade with Boston, which was consummated in principle on draft night, will be delayed so the Nets can include Kris Joseph in the deal, via sign-and-trade. They will also soon complete the signings of center Andray Blatche and point guard Shaun Livingston.
But the Nets were dealt a minor setback Wednesday when they learned that Bojan Bogdanovic, a sweet-shooting small forward from Croatia, would not be joining them as expected.
Bogdanovic, a 2011 second-round pick, had been working on a buyout with his Turkish team, Fenerbahce Ulker, with plans to sign a three-year deal with the Nets. But the buyout negotiations faltered Wednesday morning, leaving the Nets with a vacancy behind Pierce on the depth chart.
King alluded to “a backup plan,” which could involve a run at Andrei Kirilenko, the multiskilled veteran forward. But with only a $3.18 million cap exception to spend, the Nets have to be considered a long shot.
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