New Jersey Nets general manager Billy King gave his state-of-the-union address to the team’s beat writers on Wednesday.
Here were some of the highlights:
--Center Brook Lopez will undergo "minor" off-season surgery next week to remove a calcium deposit in his right arm. King said his rehab will be similar to point guard Deron Williams’ -- six-to-eight weeks and then he’ll be able to play golf.
--King said he wants the Nets “to be better and be in the playoffs next season.”
--Regarding power forward Kris Humphries, who will be a free agent: “There is always going to be a number that we will pay and we won’t pay,” King said. Humphries is coming off a career season (10 ppg, 10.4 rpg). The question is, what are those numbers? Our best guess is the sides -- if they do agree -- will probably settle somewhere between $6-10 million.
--King on swingman Sasha Vujacic, who is also a free agent: “It’s going to depend what the cap’s going to be and what they want in negotiations. Because at some point you won’t be able to keep them all.” Considering that King said he wants to get more “athletic” at the wing positions, it seems unlikely the Nets would be able to allocate enough of their budget to Vujacic, even though he proved to be a solid contributor off the bench.
--King wants forward Travis Outlaw and center Johan Petro to come into camp in better shape than they did at the start of the 2010-11 season. Sounds like a good idea to us. Outlaw and Petro were big-time free agent busts. And that’s taking it easy on them.