Nets general manager Billy King said all along he didn’t think there was more than a 10 percent chance he would make a trade before Thursday’s 3 p.m. trade deadline.
So, the deadline came and went and the Nets, despite their wishes to upgrade at power forward, wound up deciding to sit tight.
“The percentage never changed,” King said before Friday night’s 106-96 loss to the Rockets. “I just felt with the conversations going that there wasn’t going to be a lot of major movement. When you have these conversations, they tend to heat up or you get a sense [it might happen].
“Last year there were a lot more outbound calls, while this year there were more inbound and you’re saying, ‘That doesn’t make sense.’ I was prepared at 3 o’clock to get in the car to go see a college game ... [and] at 3:01 I was out the door and headed out scouting, so I had everything packed by then.”
With his work now largely done for the season — outside of possibly filling the team’s final roster spot with a player waived before March 1 and thus eligible to play for the Nets in the postseason — King is content with the team he has assembled for Nets interim coach P.J. Carlesimo.
“I like our depth, I like our size, I like the playoff experience of some of our guys. ,” King said. “Everything looks good, but, on paper, we’ve just got to play the 27 games and see how it unfolds.”
King: We weren’t close to trade
New York Post | Feb 23