Marv Albert; Photo: AP

Next season, the classic voice of Marv Albert will return to the New York area. A deal, te be announced today, makes Albert the voice of the Nets on the YES Network starting next season. The Times reports that the contract is for two years at $750,000 to $800,000 per year. The Nets are expected to Nets move to Albert's hometown of Brooklyn, as early as the 2007-08 season, but more likely to be the 2008-09 season.

Albert was the longtime voice of the Knicks until last June when Albert and Cablevision couldn't agree on a contract. Since then, Albert has continued to call NBA games with TNT. Ian Eagle, the current Nets announcer will call the remaining games for the team.

Ahh, the return of Marv. Gothamist has missed your back biting, toupee wearing ways, yet the thought of "Kidd! For three! Yes!" doesn't sound quite the same as "Starks! For three! Yes!" But we'll just take what we can get. Now, if we could only have Warner Wolf back too, everything would be perfect.