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first_imgBig issue: Now what? The Nets did the hard work of building up a hard-working culture over the past three years and probably arrived at this point — in the playoffs, coming off a competitive, albeit five-game, series — ahead of schedule.Now the Nets have the opportunity to make a leap. This is the next phase of the rebuild, and it can be more difficult than the teardown that takes place in the first phase. Bad decisions in the coming months could reverberate for years and set back the progress the team has made. The Nets have an acre of cap space, and some fans have idly mused about having two max-contract slots, a notion would require the team to make a trade and get rid of point guard D’Angelo Russell. So it’s likely that the team will have one max spot on the docket.The Nets could make a push for a max guy, a star who wants play in New York for a team that is building toward contender-hood. Or the Nets could look to spend on two or three good young players, players who would slide easily into the ethic that coach Kenny Atkinson and general manager Sean Marks have already established.That’s the dilemma. A star player gives the Nets the talent upgrade they need to compete in the East. But there’s some wisdom in holding off on that type of move and continuing to develop what the Nets have established. Signing Jimmy Butler, for example, might seem to be a no-brainer, but what if his addition slows the growth of Spencer Dinwiddie and, especially, Caris LeVert, who has shown star potential?The Nets have put themselves into a position to be a major player in free agency. But just because they can sign a max-contract player does not mean they should.OFFSEASON PREVIEWS:Lakers | Knicks | Bulls | Pelicans |Mavericks | Pacers | Pistons | ThunderFree-agent outlook: The play of Russell this season has altered the Nets’ approach to free agency. He is a restricted free agent and put together a surprising breakout year, averaging 21.1 points and 7.0 assists and earning an All-Star spot.At the outset of the season, conventional wisdom held that the Nets would be happy if Russell played well enough to be a trade candidate at the deadline. He’s not a good defender and struggles to get to the rim.Still, he earned himself a hefty contract this year and the Nets — who have Dinwiddie on a team-friendly contract — just might be willing to pay Russell and keep him in the fold. Otherwise, they risk losing him for no return, and that’s just no way to treat a young asset.But the Nets still need more. Butler has been the name most connected here, mostly because he included Brooklyn on the list of destinations for a trade back in September. LeVert, though, is a cheaper option at small forward and does not come with the team-smashing baggage that Butler has.What Brooklyn really needs is a power forward, though it’s unlikely to find one on the free-agent market. They could bring back both DeMarre Carroll and Ed Davis, which would at least give them some continuity, but would be a missed opportunity to get better.Julius Randle is a young option, though he lacks the defensive toughness this Nets team values. Signing a veteran like Paul Millsap on a short contract — allowing some time for Rodions Kurucs to develop — might wind up being the best option. It’s not a Butler signing, but don’t expect the Nets to use all their cap space just because they can.The young folks: Russell is only 23, which makes him that much more of a must-sign for the Nets. Even if he is trade bait later, he is just too young and too talented to let walk for nothing. Russell is a 6-5 point guard who is an excellent playmaker but has developed into a reliable shooter, too, from the 3-point line and midrange.The Nets have two other players who recently turned 21, both of whom — center Jarrett Allen and Kurucs — were contributors this season. Allen started 80 games this season, averaging 10.9 points and 8.4 rebounds, shooting 59.0 percent from the field. He has a limited offensive repertoire, though he has developed a hook shot that still needs work. But he is a good defensive center who figures to grow into his role.Kurucs showed tremendous potential over the course of the season, a 6-9 forward with a 7-2 wingspan who can shoot from the perimeter and defend multiple positions. He wore down as the season progressed, but better conditioning and a year or two of development should make him a starting-quality big man and a steal of last year’s draft, when he fell to No. 40.Brooklyn didn’t see a lot of rookie scoring wing Dzanan Musa, who played in only nine games. But he averaged 19.5 points, 6.4 rebounds and 3.6 assists in 36 G-League games, at 19 years old, and he should be a rotation player in the coming years.This June will also present an unfamiliar prospect for fans at Barclays Center — when the draft comes along, the Nets will have their own pick in its rightful spot (No. 17). As a bonus, the Nets also have the Nuggets’ pick (27th), their reward for taking on Kenneth Faried. It’s a young group that will continue building with youth.    NBA PLAYOFFS 2019:Full schedule | Picks from first round to FinalsWait till next year: There’s a lot to be excited about in Brooklyn, even if the Nets fail to land a top-shelf free agent. The team’s top players are all in their early or mid-20s, and there is more youth being developed on the roster.They survived a spate of injuries and an 8-18 start to finish 34-22 and earn a playoff spot. The young players will improve, and there will be the chance to build in both the draft and free agency. It’s been a rough three years, but the Nets are finally back on track.last_img read more

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington School board approved by a 7-0 vote a resolution starting the process in which the USD 353 school district voters will be asked for a 2.63 mill increase to build storm shelters at two school buildings, and other capital improvement projects.An election is expected during the second week of June. After a 60 minute discussion, the board approved a question that will address these specific issues:•Construct Eisenhower Elementary and Roosevelt Day schools with storm shelters which are the only school buildings in the district that do not have tornado safe areas for students.•Safety features considered for all school buildings based upon armed intruders and other undesirable or emergency situations of buildings. •Roof repair and replacements for several buildings;•Repairs to the Wellington Middle School parking lot;•and an auxiliary gymnasium at the Wellington Middle School; More details of the safety project proposal will be available on this website next week.••••Resignations: The school board accepted the following resignations to be effective at the end of the 2013-14 school year:•Nancy Stradar, fifth grade teacher at Lincoln;•John Gifford, WHS counselor and assistant football coach;•Jayne Cook, Eisenhower first grade teacher;•Peggy Lawrence, Washington Elementary secretary and title administrative assistant;Other resignations include:•Anna Taylor, para – effective Feb. 28, 2014;•Julie Dry, para – effective March 14, 2014;•Cheryl Heimen – WMS food services, effective March 14, 2014.•Angela Moore – food services – effective March 14, 2014.Recommendations for hire:•Tristton Tracy, After school para;•Sabrina Torneden – secretary at Lincoln Elementary school.Board member Angie Ratcliff complimented those teachers who retired.“These are good people, who have served the school district well for years,” she said.••••White expresses displeasure:Wellington school board member Robert White expressed his displeasure with anonymous comments in reaction to a Sumner Newscow story about the Early Retirement Incentive Program last week.“I have the constitutional guaranteed right to express my opinion and my opinion alone. Unlike my anonymous friends, I’ll look you in the face and express this opinion.”White said the comments have become a feeding frenzy and it disgusts him.“The only parallel I can come up is like maggots on a roadside carcass on a July afternoon.” White said. “The negotiated agreement is simply that, an agreement… The board and the NEA negotiation team should be commended for their agreement. And that should be it.He continued: “This board and administrators have been brutalized, vilified and bastardized by faceless cowards. And for what? Doing their jobs. We are doing what is best for the community and providing the best value for our taxpayers. We are still doing that.”Board President Jackie Berryman said many hours went into the Early Retirement agreement but it was unsustainable because money was going out of the system. Also, the board and school staff will allow and even encourage people to look at records and the Kansas Open Records Act, but it will come at a cost.••••In other news:•Steve Gill has been named head groundskeeper for the Wellington High School football field;•The board was in executive session for one hour and 15 minutes. No action was taken thereafter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (21) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +13 Vote up Vote down Redress · 334 weeks ago I am so glad the parking lot at the middle school is being fixed. So nasty Report Reply 0 replies · active 334 weeks ago +16 Vote up Vote down Mr. Townsend · 334 weeks ago I never had a board member look me in the face and express their opinion or even ask any questions. Some board members have known me for several years. Decisions have been made before on false information. Bob White even stated a, “parallel.” Mr. Gifford, you will be missed! I was lucky enough to have you as a teacher and later as a co-worker. It was great working with you. Report Reply 0 replies · active 334 weeks ago +23 Vote up Vote down wellmom · 334 weeks ago The school board still doesn’t get it. In my opinion, it’s not the retirement plan necessarily that people are upset about. When you ask a question, you expect a direct and honest answer. Giving people the run around or not being forth coming only leads people to assume there are things the school board isn’t wanting to come to light. The district as a whole, from my experience, behaves like their words are final and they shouldn’t be questioned. They should remember if they want to act like they are without reproach they can be reminded who really has the power at election time. Report Reply 1 reply · active 334 weeks ago +13 Vote up Vote down guest · 334 weeks ago I do not think the comments about the Editor’s note were so much about the board doing away with the early retirement as it was about the lack of transparency from Central Administration & the board along. I also think the negative opinions about Mr. Roth were more about how he treats employees of the district & how he does not like to be questioned rather than the actual topic. Report Reply 0 replies · active 334 weeks ago +13 Vote up Vote down Who Cares Who I Am · 334 weeks ago You mean not being up-front and open about who it is criticizing you is a problem? Just like not being open and up-front about hidden agenda items at our public school board meetings? We all make choices and must answer for those decisions. You also have a choice: Resign your position; Be more open and transparent; or Keep doing what you are doing and take the heat! Don’t go trying to change that constitutional right of freedom of speech! Report Reply 0 replies · active 334 weeks ago +7 Vote up Vote down Pokesalad · 334 weeks ago Just curious…why do we vote either yea or nay on combined issues instead of voting on each issue? I might be in favor of the safe rooms but not for the other issues…just wondering and thank you. Report Reply 0 replies · active 334 weeks ago +13 Vote up Vote down WHSsucces · 334 weeks ago Nice move on Mr. Gill being in charge of the Football Field. It’s about time we have somebody who has a clue about grounds keeping to at least maintain one of the properties. Report Reply 0 replies · active 334 weeks ago +12 Vote up Vote down crusader pride · 334 weeks ago I am all for the mill levy increase. Everything they are asking for is so needed. This would allow us to catch up with other districts. As far as Mr. White and his comments. Quail we all live in a close community. Some of the people that comment on here are friends and employees of the district. I can understand why they would use this to make their thoughts known. Mr. Roth is not qualified to do the job he has been given. Given is the key word. The whole issue has nothing to do with getting rid of the program. Its all about the bs trying to get the information. Why does it need to be a secret? I love Wellington. I love our school but for the first time I had to ask myself if keeping my child here is the best thing. I decided it was because running from these issues is not the answer. Instead of hitching about some comments..ask yourself and the board..how do we move foward..how do we get better? Report Reply 0 replies · active 334 weeks ago +15 Vote up Vote down JustMe · 334 weeks ago Anonymity is the public’s “executive session”. Report Reply 0 replies · active 334 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down We love softball · 334 weeks ago It would sure be nice if the same level of commitment that is used to care for Hibbs Hooten could be shown on the Softball fields at Worden Park. Even before the Wellington Heat was here HH HAS always had better care. Is that city or school? Report Reply 5 replies · active 334 weeks ago 12Next » Post a new comment Enter text right here! 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first_imgAGUA DULCE – The so-called Buckweed Fire, which has scorched an estimated 37,800 acres in Agua, Canyon Country and Saugus since it started Sunday, was 27 percent contained today, authorities said. The Buckweed Fire began in Mint Canyon west of Agua Dulce about 1 p.m. Sunday and was about 20 percent contain after firefighting aircraft were grounded at sundown yesterday. Though no cause has been determined, Los Angeles County Supervisor Mike Antonovich said fire investigators were trying to determine if the fire was intentionally set. A fire that broke near Santiago and Silverado canyons in Irvine before dawn yesterday was believed to have been started by an arsonist, according to Orange County Fire Authority Chief Chip Prather. Los Angeles County Fire Inspector Sam Padilla said three people and a firefighter were injured Sunday in connection with the Buckweed Fire, but none have occurred since. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Most schools in the area were closed today, including those in the the Castaic Union, Newhall, Saugus Union, Sulphur Springs, and William S. Hart school districts. Also closed was the College of the Canyons. Evacuation shelters remained open at Saugus and Golden Valley high schools. Fifteen homes, 17 outbuildings and 40 vehicles were destroyed. Also destroyed were bridges at Vasquez Canyon at Bouquet Canyon Road and Vasquez Canyon at Sierra Highway, said Deputy Dana Camarillo of the county’s Office of Emergency Management. A total of about 15,000 residents were evacuated at some point, but all were allowed to return home yesterday, according to Santa Clarita city officials. Among the structures destroyed Sunday was the Santa Clara/Mojave Rivers Ranger District Office in the Angeles National Forest at 30800 Bouquet Canyon Road, said Kathy Peterson of the U.S. Forest Service. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more