Nets Talk Up Monroe, Continue to Flummox Everyone
Monroe was expected to last until at least No. 5, and potentially to No. 9. That the Nets would pick between Favors and Cousins, assuming the 76ers picked Evan Turner at No. 2, has been a foregone conclusion for weeks.
Is this real? Or is Thorn messing with everyone? Dave D'Alessandro of the Newark Star-Ledger acknowledges the ubiquity of misdirection offered up this time of year, but also notes that new Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov was serious about his desire to make the playoffs next season. As D'Alessandro notes, a more developed player like Johnson or Monroe could give New Jersey a better opportunity to improve quickly versus a project like Favors or a potentially misshapen fit like Cousins, who might replicate incumbent center Brook Lopez too much.
I guess we'll really know Thorn's aims if he starts talking up Tiny Gallon or Jon Scheyer.