Nets Interested in Nene, Caron Butler?
The Nets also clearly are trying to assemble the pieces necessary to make a push for (Dwight) Howard, but have to decide whether to put all their eggs in that basket at the risk of missing out on free agents who could help them now — and who could help entice Deron Williams to join the team in Brooklyn next season. New Jersey is one of six teams interested in Denver free agent Nene, and also inquired Wednesday about Dallas free agent Caron Butler. It has long been known that the Nets would be willing to trade Brook Lopez and picks to Orlando for Howard, but there’s little hope that will be enough. Nene at power forward alongside Lopez, with Williams running the point, would be the start of a potent group. If the Nets amnestied Travis Outlaw, they’d have enough room to sign Nene and Butler and still use the full mid-level to add depth. New Jersey also is said to have made preliminary inquiries about free agents Arron Afflalo and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, who have the same agents as Williams.