Nets to make big effort to land Dwight Howard
"The New Jersey Nets "intend to make a hard push" for Dwight Howard as the franchise tries to convince PG Deron Williams to sign a long-term contract extension to remain with the team, ESPN.com reports.
While Howard has maintained that he would like to stay in Orlando beyond next season, he did acknowledge recently that he'll test the free agent market when his contract expires next summer. It's likely, however, that the new collective bargaining will make it easier for teams to keep their marquee players.
Por otro lado, se confirma el cambio de agente de Deron Williams:
"New Jersey Nets point guard Deron Williams has chosen to sign with Jeff Schwartz as his new agent, according to sources with knowledge of the decision.
Williams recently parted ways with longtime agent Bob McLaren, who primarily works with Major League Baseball clients.
The decision to sign with Schwartz's Excel Sports Management means that the top three free agents in the summer of 2012 will all be represented by different agents. Orlando's Dwight Howard is represented by Dan Fegan, New Orleans' Chris Paul signed with Leon Rose last summer and now Williams is aligning with Schwartz, whose client roster includes top veterans Paul Pierce, Jason Kidd, Tyson Chandler and Lamar Odom, as well as young stars Blake Griffin and Kevin Love.
That variety contrasts sharply with the NBA's last free-agent bonanza in the summer of 2010, when the agents representing LeBron James (Rose), Dwyane Wade (Henry Thomas) and Chris Bosh (Thomas) both worked under the same Creative Artists Agency banner. James, Wade and Bosh, of course, eventually joined forces in Miami in July 2010.
Even before Williams' decision to leave McClaren went public in early June, Nets officials have expressed consistent confidence that they will be able to sign the All-Star point guard to a long-term extension once a new collective bargaining agreement is struck between the NBA and the players union."