LAS VEGAS — Nets general manager Sean Marks had a whirlwind Saturday night in which he saw the Wizards match his max offer sheet to restricted free agent Otto Porter Jr. before he rebounded with a trade that brought veteran small forward DeMarre Carroll from the Raptors along with first- and second-round picks in the 2018 draft.
Under NBA rules, Marks was not allowed to comment on the Toronto deal on Sunday because it’s not final. The Wizards matched the offer sheet to Porter, contingent on his passing a physical. That means $24.77 million of the Nets’ salary-cap space is tied up until Tuesday or Wednesday, and they need that cap space to acquire the remaining two years’ worth ($30.2 million) on Carroll’s contract.
Assuming Porter remains a Wizard and Carroll joins the Nets, they should have at least $17 million of cap space to use in other deals this summer or to save until 2018, when they might have as much as $30 million.
拉斯維加斯訊 – 籃網總管馬克斯度過了一個暴風夜一般的週六晚上，首先是他對 Porter 的 offer 被巫師隊給匹配了，但接著，他再藉著跟暴龍隊交易到老將小前鋒 Carroll 以及 2018 第一輪、第二輪選秀權，而扳回一城。
在 NBA 的規定下，馬克斯不能討論跟多倫多的這個交易，因為交易目前還沒完成。巫師隊的匹配要在 Porter 通過體檢的條件下才算數。這也表示籃網有 $24.77 million 的薪金還是被綁住的（直到週二或週三才會被釋出）而它們需要這筆薪資才能付得起這筆交易中 Carroll 剩下兩年 $30.2 million 的合約。
假如 Porter 如預期被留在巫師，而 Carroll 成為籃網一員，則籃網在這個夏天至少還有 $17 million 可以用來交易，或者也可以保留到 2018 年，而到時候他們最多可能可以有 $30 million 的薪金可以運用。
Asked at the Las Vegas summer league if he’s done, Marks said: “I’d like to think we’re trying to keep our hand on the pulse and see what happens. We all like having the space we have right now, and we’ll see what comes across our way. If the right deals come across, we’ll certainly look at them.”
The issue of cap space is vital. Shooting guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope was renounced by the Pistons and now is an unrestricted free agent. He turned down a five-year deal worth $80 million that would have kept him in Detroit. The Nets ranked him behind Porter, but they still might be interested in a long-term deal despite the glut of perimeter players on their roster.
“I hate to be vague, but if the right deal comes along that uses all of our cap space, we could jump at it,” Marks said. “If it doesn’t and we take this cap space into the season, I’m excited about that. Just having that flexibility is nice.”
薪資空間是非常重要的事。活塞隊日前放棄跟 SG KCP 續約，KCP 成為一位不受限自由球員。他稍早拒絕了活塞一份五年 $80 million 的合約。雖然籃網將 KCP 擺在 Porter 的考慮之後，但他們現在仍可能有興趣提出一份長約，儘管籃網在這個位子上也已經有很多人員。
The Carroll deal is the second by Marks this summer in which the Nets took on a so-called “bad contract” but got a player who not only will provide leadership but be effective in their rotation. Center Timofey Mozgov, who has three years and $48 million left on his contract, is likely to start. Carroll might, too.
“I look at ‘how do we add talent?’ ” said Marks, who swapped Justin Hamilton in the Carroll deal. “Not just veteran leadership. Any time we can add a piece of talent and our team can really benefit from it, that’s what we’re looking to do.”
Carroll 這個交易是馬克斯今年夏天的第二筆，交易中籃網收了一個所謂的「爛合約」，但它們得到了一位對輪轉位置來說很有效益、並且可以提供領導力的球員。稍早從 Lakers 交易來的中鋒 Mozgov，也有一份三年 $48 million 的合約留在身上，Mozgov 有可能會先發。Carroll 也有可能。
「我看著 “如何增進隊上天賦” 這個課題」把大漢 Hamilton 交易出去的馬克斯這麼說「除了老將的經驗與領導力之外，任何時間我們可以增添一個對隊上有利的戰力，我們就會試著去做」
Point guard Jeremy Lin was part of a group of veterans who showed up for the Nets’ 88-83 loss to the Bucks’ summer league team Sunday. Lin declined to comment specifically about his role in recruiting Porter, but he was thrilled by the trade to land Carroll.
“I think the difficult thing has always been restricted free agency because you’re kind of putting other things on hold with a lot of uncertainty,” Lin said. “As we all know, we went for Otto, and there were opportunities that were missed out on. That’s just part of the free-agency business.”
Lin hasn’t spoken to Carroll yet, but he contacted a Raptors friend who raved about him. “He’s going to be so instrumental,” Lin said. “He definitely can shoot the three, and he definitely can play defense, which we really, really need. But he can do more. Just veteran leadership, toughness, grit. I’m hoping he comes in and is a vocal leader . . . He’d better help me, and you can print that.”
林是籃網隊上幾位去觀看夏季聯盟比賽的老將之一（週六籃網以 83-88 輸給公鹿）他拒絕對於有沒有參與網羅 Porter 的過程做評論，但是他對得到 Carroll 的這個交易非常興奮。
「我覺得受限自由球員這事一直都很困難，因為你會被很大的不確定性而綁住很多事情」林說「如同大家所知，我們追求了 Otto (Porter)，然後就因此也失去了一些機會。但這就是自由球員交易這商業行為的一部分。」
林還沒有跟 Carroll 說過話，但是他跟一位對 Carroll 讚譽有加的暴龍隊友聯繫過。「他對我們將非常有幫助。他可以射三分、他絕對可以防守，這都是我們非常非常需要的。但他可以做的還更多 – 不管是老將的領導力、強韌性、還有布魯克林一直在說的恆毅力 grit。我很希望他能成為球隊中的領導聲音，他最好要可以幫上我這件事，你（指記者）可以把這寫下來」
Until the Nets’ cap situation clears up, Marks’ next step is a mystery. Any bid for Caldwell-Pope would be done with an eye to the future, when Lin possibly could leave as a free agent. For the present, the most glaring need is frontcourt scoring.
Two obvious candidates are unrestricted free agent Ersan Ilyasova and restricted free agent JaMychal Green, who might not get a match from the Grizzlies if the offer is big enough. Both power forwards have three-point range. Marks said he’s not focused on one position but added: “In today’s game, you certainly would love to see stretch fours. Shooting is something that’s real ly valuable.”
直到籃網的薪金被完全釋放出來時，馬克斯的下一步對大家還會是個謎。任何對 KCP 的追逐會被視為是一個對未來的投資/保險，特別是一年後林將成為自由球員然後也許會選擇離開。但眼前來說，前場得分能力的需求還是最重要的。
目前有兩個很明顯的標地，分別是非受限自由球員 Ilyasova 以及受限自由球員 JaMychal Green，對後者如果能給出一張夠大的薪資單，灰熊可能不會選擇匹配。這兩個 PF 都有三分火力。馬克斯說他並沒有只專注在一個位置上，但他補充說「在今日的球賽中，大家都很喜歡能打延伸四號位的人。能遠投絕對是非常有價值的。」
He is 0-for-4 in his attempts to land a restricted free agent, but when asked if he’s done with the RFA route, Marks smiled and said, “Never say never.”