The Mile Ilic and Bernard Robinson errors, rather eras, are over.
The Nets found a team to take one guy who would have been on the end of the bench and another who would have been in the NBDL and gladly sent money with them to New Orleans for David Wesley today.
This was clearly a cost-cutting move - the Nets save more than $3 million in luxury tax - but it also provides them with flexibility. Our guess is they waive Wesley, bringing their roster to 13 and then they see if they like any available players out there.
Ilic came over from Serbia last year, was unhappy here, and eventually played in the NBDL.
He was a nice guy, funny guy. I did a story about him last year transitioning to a new country. But the big man was never a part of Lawrence Frank's plans. Ilic was going to be sent to the NBDL the earliest date the Nets could ship him had he not been moved
Robinson is a terrific athlete, and guys like Mikki Moore talked him up last year and Frank this year. But I never spoke to the guy once because I never thought he would stick.
Here's a funny story about Robinson, who often was found napping in his locker before or after games last season.
One day, myself and another writer were trying to come up with notes to put in the paper and we told Cliff Robinson we were looking for notes. About a minute later, we noticed Robinson sleeping and told Cliff. Robinson said, "There's your note," and started laughing.
We'll update later with some reaction.
The Nets made a couple of other expected transactions on Monday as they picked up the third-year options on Marcus Williams ($1.26 million) and Josh Boone ($1.21 million).
The obligatory Rod Thorn statement read: "Both Marcus and Josh have consistently improved since joining our team. We look forward to their continued contributions to the Nets."
The Nets had until Halloween to do this. They also have until the opener to extend Nenad Krstic's contract. The Nets likely will elect to wait.