Around the Nets Wednesday: Billy King Talks Deron Williams, NBA Draft
Billy King made himself available to the media today. Items of note to come from the press conference:
Deron Williams, who has been working out at the Nets facility, popped his head into the room and smiled before quickly exiting. Evidence.
Billy denied the reports that surfaced last night indicating the Brooklyn Nets were trying to move into the top 6 of the lottery and possibly draft Thomas Robinson. Of the chance of moving into the lottery King said there is "no shot."
Billy King also says the Nets may "draft and stash" a foreign prospect (like what they've done with Bojan Bogdanovic) but only if it's a player they've targeted, not to just do it.
Billy and Avery have discussed the possibility of MarShon Brooks becoming the Nets 6th man and a scorer off the bench in the mold of James Harden or Jason Terry. Which is intriguing.
Deron Williams' birthday was no secret yesterday and the Nets way of celebrating it was not subtle. In fact, the Nets transparent motivations were hilariously mocked by The Basketball Jones. But, Chris Broussard of ESPN.com is reporting more good news surrounding D-Will's birthday. Broussard reports that Avery Johnson was one of eight invited to a small, intimate birthday celebration for Williams.
Good news/bad news regarding the Brooklyn Nets contingent of beat writers. First the good. Brooklyn Nets fans will now be able to wake up every morning and read the genius writing of Howard Beck as the former Knicks beat writer will be covering the Nets this season for the New York Times. The bad news is longtime beat writer Fred Kerber will no longer be covering the Nets.