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New Jersey Nets Roster Report 2008-08-29 News New Jersey Nets

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News » New Jersey Nets Roster Report 2008-08-29

New Jersey Nets Roster Report 2008-08-29

New Jersey Nets Roster Report 2008-08-29

Brook Lopez, C, 7-0, Stanford -- A gift at No. 10, Nets projected him going much higher. The best center in the draft, he is a scorer who can shoot with range and establish an inside presence. Will bring toughness but his defense is not a strong point.

Ryan Anderson, F, 6-10, California -- Lopez said Anderson possessed the best stroke in the Pac-10. Nets need him to stretch defenses and be the recipient of kickouts from Devin Harris and Vince Carter. He needs to get better at creating his own shot.

Chris Douglas-Roberts, G/F, 6-7, Memphis -- Could be a real steal at 40. Not flashy but a player. Not a great shooter, but a scorer. "Deceptive," was how Nets GM Kiki Vandeweghe labeled him. With the departure of Jefferson, Nets needed wing help.

BIGGEST NEEDS: The Nets feel they have addressed the needs they faced entering the off-season: shooting, size for defensive toughness inside and wing scoring. They drafted a 7-0 center in Brook Lopez and a 6-10 shooting big in Ryan Anderson. They're hopeful Chris Douglas-Roberts can also bring some wing scoring. They signed two 6-8 veteran free agents, a tough, defensive sort in Eduardo Najera and a shooter in Jarvis Hayes. The trade of Richard Jefferson brought 7-0 Yi Jianlian and 6-6 two-way forward Bobby Simmons. They addressed their next big need, backup at guard, with the sign-and-trade for a combo guard, Keyon Dooling. They're not done and are still looking for another shooter and a third point guard.

FREE AGENT FOCUS: The Nets signed free agents Eduardo Najera and Jarvis Hayes. Najera is an "old school" guy who will defend and can hit a three-pointer while Hayes is a shooter to be employed in the Nets drive-and-kick attack.

They're still looking at some minimum wage types to fill out the roster. Of their own free agents, DeSagana Diop was lost back to Dallas about 30 seconds after the signing period began. Bostjan Nachbar, squeezed out by the Nets' signings, took a three-year deal in Russia and restricted free agent Nenad Krstic followed with another Russian team, accepting a 2-year deal. They couldn't sign Keyon Dooling, so they worked a sign-and-trade with Orlando.


--F Nenad Krstic, after failing to land a lucrative NBA deal, opted for a 2-year, $5.7 million deal (worth $10 mil U.S.) in Russia. The Nets worked against a midnight, July 29 deadline and could not strike a favorable sign-and-trade deal. After he took the Russian deal, Krstic criticized the Nets' medical staff in his rehab from a devastating December, 2006 knee injury that normally requires a two-year recovery. Team president Rod Thorn vehemently opposed the claim.

"I strongly disagree with all of that," Thorn said. The Nets will retain Krstic's NBA rights by issuing a qualifying offer each year.

--G Vince Carter, seemed to be mentally fresh, also claimed his health is not an issue regarding his right ankle, which required arthroscopic surgery after the season.

"It feels great," Carter said. "No soreness, nothing like that."

--F/G Jarvis Hayes spent last season in Detroit -- "I cracked the rotation in Detroit which isn't the easiest thing," he noted. But his first four seasons were spent in Washington in coach Eddie Jordan's system, which is similar to the Nets'. While the Nets plan a new offense, it will have many familiar elements. So Hayes is comfortable.

"I'm pretty used to it. I played it in Washington, we ran the same thing -- there are some wrinkles here and there that add things to it. I'm familiar with it," Hayes said. "So that transition won't be very hard."

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