The New Jersey Nets recently signed two NBA veterans. According to ESPN New York, guard DeShawn Stevenson from the national champion Dallas Mavericks has joined New Jersey. The team announced that center Mehmet Okur, from the rebuilding Utah Jazz, has also been acquired.
Okur was acquired for a 2015 second-round pick. A casualty of the Stevenson deal was the waiving of Stephen Graham and his $1.1 million contact.
With Brook Lopez's injury (broken foot, out a couple of months) weighing on the minds of Nets fans, these signings offer some hope that the front office is trying to make some deals to put together a team that can compete in the near future.
Though New Jersey fans are anxiously awaiting to see "Dwight Howard" and "New Jersey" together in an official headline, they are going to have to settle for some smaller personnel moves for the time being.
It is reported that DeShawn Stevenson has signed a one year, $2.5 million contract with the Nets, while Okur is set to receive $10.8 million this year after a trade with the Utah Jazz.
Both players bring NBA championship experience to New Jersey—most recently DeShawn Stevenson won the 2011 title with the Dallas Mavericks—while Mehmet Okur won his NBA title with the Pistons back in 2004.
Experience is a valuable asset and the Nets seem to be actively searching for veterans to fill some holes on their roster.
One player who the Nets are trying desperately to keep happy—Deron Williams—is on board with the Stevenson signing. According to Williams, Stevenson was "definitely one of my suggestions."
The 2011-12 Nets are perhaps taking a page out of the Chicago Bulls' playbook by signing multiple ex-Jazz players (the Bulls signed Carlos Boozer, Ronnie Brewer and Kyle Korver last season), though these recent additions speak little about other potential moves the Nets could make during the remainder of this season.