The day after meeting with and giving impressive presentations to the three top free agents on the planet, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, the Nets worked the phones to see what else they could do.
No meetings were arranged with other free agents. The Nets are going all-in on James, and Bosh for that matter, if they come as a package deal.
The chase for James hits the crucial stage on Saturday. He will meet his hometown Cleveland Cavaliers and the Chicago Bulls. They're the two teams everyone considers the front-runners for James' services.
But as James sits down with them, the Nets hope he can still hear the promises principal owner Mikhail Prokhorov, CEO Brett Yormark and team president Rod Thorn made about making him a global icon, billionaire athlete and NBA champion.
"I think we're in pretty good shape," a Nets' source said Friday.
James met Friday with the Miami Heat and Los Angeles Clippers. On Thursday, the first day teams could negotiate with free agents, the Nets and Knicks delivered their pitch to James.
According to multiple sources as well as reports from Cleveland, the Nets' presentation impressed James more than the Knicks' PowerPoint demonstration.
"Mikhail did a great job in his part of the presentation; he's a big visionary," Nets coach Avery Johnson told ESPN. "We feel he can take LeBron or any top-flight free agent places nobody can take them."
But the question remains whether the Nets have enough.
Do they have enough talent and do they have enough money especially since reportedly James wants to team with Wade or Bosh or both?
The Nets are ready to address whatever it takes to sign James when teams can ink players July 8.
Center Brook Lopez and point guard Devin Harris is a good foundation, but if James wants an All-Star caliber power forward, such as Bosh, the Nets will have to do some housekeeping.
Bosh tweeted his meeting with the Nets was "good" and "These guys really know how to sell a franchise."
The Nets have $30 million to spend on free agents, not enough for two max contracts. But the Nets will clear the money necessary if James' camp tells them to get something done.
They could deal Kris Humphries and his $3.2 million contract. Teams are interested in the hardworking power forward. But the Nets won't move him unless they're certain they have a deal in place with James. Humphries could be valuable as a player or chip in other trades if the Nets don't strike it big in free agency.
If James doesn't already have an idea which way he's leaning, he should after Saturday.
Up first are the Cavaliers. They can offer the most money, the comforts of home and probably will promise to upgrade the roster. The hiring of former Nets coach Byron Scott, a three-time champ as a player, could influence James' decision.
The Bulls close out the proceedings in Cleveland. They have the legacy of Michael Jordan — James' idol — franchise point guard Derrick Rose and new coach Tom Thibodeau, whose defensive schemes as Boston's top aide helped shut down the Cavaliers' superstar in the playoffs.
Reports indicating that Amar'e Stoudemire is close to receiving a maximum deal from the Knicks didn't cause the Nets to do anything. If they can't get Bosh, they will turn their attention to David Lee and Carlos Boozer.
The Nets, a source said, aren't desperate to do anything. It's all about James.
"We're the new Nets," Johnson said. "We're leaving the old behind and we're in with the new. Hopefully LeBron is going to be a part of that."
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