N.Y. Post: The Nets’ summer makeover came close to being far more drastic.
According to multiple league sources, the Nets were “very close” to completing a three-team trade that would have landed Lamar Odom from the Lakers while sending Richard Jefferson to the Bobcats. The Lakers, in turn, would have received Gerald Wallace from Charlotte.
“It was very close, but just didn’t happen,” said one league source.
One deal apparently will get done. The Nets are expected to announce, perhaps as soon as today, a two-year extension for Lawrence Frank, who will coach whatever version of the team is assembled. With one year remaining at $2.5 million, Frank will get two more years at $8.6 million, making his three-year deal worth $11.1 million. The deal will keep him through 2009-10, when the Nets plan on moving to Brooklyn.
The three-way talks flourished a few weeks ago, and one source insisted Charlotte part-owner Michael Jordan squashed the deal. Wallace, who shares the same agent, Rob Pelinka, as Kobe Bryant, yesterday re-signed with Charlotte (six years, $57 million) after averaging 18.1 points. Odom averaged 15.9 points and 9.8 rebounds for L.A. while Jefferson averaged 16.3 points. So the Nets’ Big Three of Jason Kidd, a re-signed Vince Carter and Jefferson nearly evaporated. Again.