After acquiring point guard Chris Quinn, the New Jersey Nets are on the verge of another deal intended to shake up the locker room.
According to Yahoo! Sports, New Jersey will trade forward Eduardo Najera to the Dallas Mavericks in exchange for forwards Kris Humphries and Shawne Williams.
The NBA is expected to finalize the deal on Monday when league offices re-open. Upon completion, the Nets will then buy out Shawne Williams’ contract. New Jersey will also cut its own Sean Williams.
Najera’s and Humphries’ contracts both extend into next season. Najera’s contract is worth $3 million while Humphries will make $3.2 million next year. The Nets pick up $200,000 in salary, but they get much younger. The 33-year old Najera has had trouble staying healthy throughout his time in New Jersey. Humphries is just 24-years old and active off the bench.
Humphries has played for the Utah Jazz, Toronto Raptors, and Dallas Mavericks during his six seasons in the NBA.
The Nets are trying to get younger while improving the atmosphere in the locker room.
Both Sean and Shawne Williams are known to have character problems. The Nets appear to be adding pieces not likely to cause trouble as they continue to lose game after game.
Sean Williams, the No. 17 pick in the 2007 draft, was dismissed from Boston College’s program after several team suspensions. Despite his character concerns, the Nets were willing to gamble on a player with his athleticism and shot-blocking ability.
Shawne Williams, on the other hand, has had his own legal issues and has not played at all for Dallas this season.
The Nets continue to search for trade partners for many of their bench players that don’t factor into the team’s future. Expect Josh Boone, Trenton Hassel, and Tony Battie to be shopped.