The Nets and Bulls have discussed a deal that would bring veteran shooting guard Larry Hughes to New Jersey for Bobby Simmons and Maurice Ager, league sources said. Sean Williams was offered instead of Ager, but Chicago wasn't interested. Both sides are considering it, although the Bulls are talking to many teams about Hughes, who is signed through next season. The Nets are weighing whether the deal makes them that much better and if it's financially smart. The additional salary next season would be more than $3 million.
The Nets offered Bobby Simmons and Sean Williams, but the Bulls didn't want Williams. So it's Simmons, the Chicago native, and Maurice Ager, whose contract is up after this season. No one is saying this deal is imminent, but both sides are considering it. For the Nets, they like Simmons a lot, his work ethic and professionalism and attitude. But they're deciding whether the potential deal makes them better, if so how much and whether it's enough to justify taking back additional salary.
It would just about be a wash for this season, but Hughes makes more than $3 million more than Simmons next year and Ager comes off the book, while the Nets still would have Williams. (They will continue to try and move him before the Feb. 19 deadline). In case you're wondering, Hughes' deal is up after next season, so it doesn't hurt the overall plan for 2010.
On the Bulls' side, they're talking to numerous teams, so if they find something better they'll take it, no doubt. But if the deal happens, the Nets suddenly have the roster spot they've needed. They then would have to decide what to do with it.