The New Jersey Nets are really ready for the LeBron James Sweepstakes and the hype for the NBA Free Agency period.
They have started off by clearing up cap space by trading power forward Yi Jianlian to the Washington Wizards and releasing backup point guard Keyon Dooling.
They look like they are ready to go for anyone, whether it is LeBron, Joe Johnson, Chris Bosh, Amare Stoudemire, or anybody else.
The Washington Wizards sent Quinton Ross in exchange for Jianlian. Ross will hopefully apply depth to the team as a backup guard and forward. The move helped the Nets clear $3M in cap space.
This is the second trade the Wizards have made since the NBA Draft. They received Kirk Hinrich and Kevin Seraphin from the Chicago Bulls, which will fit well with the team after drafting the point guard for the future in John Wall. Now the Wizards receive a power forward who can help them. Possibly start? I don't know.
But according to ESPN.com, Yi could compete at the power forward with Andray Blatche.
"I think we're concerned about our own situation, and this fits in with our plan of adding young players, players that can be part of a core going forward," Wizards president Ernie Grunfeld said. "We've got a player who's had success in the NBA and at the same time is only 22 years old."
Ross is a six-year pro who has also played for the Memphis Grizzlies and Los Angeles Clippers. Ross's career-average is 4.3 points per game and 2.2 rebounds per game.
Yesterday, the Nets released backup point guard Keyon Dooling. Dooling received a contract from the team that was worth over $3M. But by releasing Dooling, the Nets only give up $500K to him, which was the money guaranteed to him.
Releasing Dooling also helps clear up cap space.
I see the Nets receiving at least one big-market free agent. Hope to see what they do, coming Thursday on July 1st.