The New Jersey Nets yesterday officially announced the three-team trade involving Los Angeles and Houston that brings guard Sasha Vujacic from the Lakers, sends Joe Smith to Los Angeles, and Terrence Williams to the Rockets, and, perhaps more important, gives New Jersey two first-round draft picks.
"We're excited to get a player like Sasha who can come in and help us," Nets general manager Billy King said. "He's scrappy on defense and a good shooter on offense. He has experience with being on a champion. It's also an opportunity for us to get better with future draft picks."
The Nets acquired first-round picks from the Lakers in 2011, and the Rockets in 2012. New Jersey now owns five first rounders in the next two years, including two of their own, the Lakers' (2011), Golden State's (2011) and Houston's (2012). New Jersey, to seal it, sent two second-round picks to the Lakers.
King said that he expects Vujacic, 26, who was not playing much with the Lakers, to come in and contribute right away, especially since starting shooting guard Anthony Morrow suffered a hamstring injury Tuesday against Philadelphia. His status is uncertain.
"He has to come in and learn the offense, but we're going to get him in and on the floor," King said of Vujacic, "because we need a player right now."
King confirmed the obvious on Williams, saying the Nets had grown tired of his antics, especially his continual lateness.
"It was a combination of a lot of things," King said. "It got to the point where it wasn't going to work here for Terrence. He's getting a clean slate in Houston, a new start. He was not going to be a good fit for the future here." - AP