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Sebastian Telfair

NEW YORK — From NBA Hall of Famer Chris Mullin to all-time greats Mark Jackson and Bernard King, New York City's borough of Brooklyn has produced its fair share of NBA talent over the years.

That's something that Nets interim coach P.J. Carlesimo knows very well. Carlesimo coached on the collegiate level for 19 total years, spending time at New Hampshire college (1975) , Staten Island's Wagner College (1976-1982) and former Big East powerhouse Seton Hall University (1982-1994).

Carlesimo remembers recruiting at some of Brooklyn's high schools. "It's always been a great borough, there's always been players in Brooklyn," he said before the Nets took on the Indiana Pacers on Jan. 13. "Forever, there's been great players coming out of Brooklyn. I don't ever remember a time when I wasn't here recruiting both the CHSAA and the PSAL."

Although high school powerhouses such as Bishop Loughlin and Nazareth Regional are amongst Brooklyn's more renowned high schools, it was a pair of Coney Island's own and former Lincoln High Railsplitters that made their hometown NBA debuts on the weekend of Jan. 11.

Neither Sebastian Telfair nor Lance Stephenson ever thought they'd see such a day.

Telfair was the first of the two former Railsplitters to come home. The Brooklyn native and nine-year NBA veteran that's affectionately known as "Bassy" had never been to Barclays Center before, but he was very familiar with the corner that it was built on.

“I played for [AAU team] Brooklyn USA, so all my teammates were from this area," he said. "We always used to meet right out here at the clock tower on Atlantic Avenue.”

Telfair had been looking forward to this game for a while.

“I had this game circled and now today is the day," he said. "I’m just excited to be here and to try to take it all in and get the most out of it.”

Often, NBA players returning to play in their hometowns have a little more nerves than usual. If Telfair did, he did a great job of downplaying it. “It's gonna be the same thing, same rim, same basketball," he said. "Other than a little pressure from your family being here and being from here... it’s the same thing.”

Telfair’s superior quickness, vision, ball handling, and basketball lineage made him a star as a young player Brooklyn.

As a high school junior, he broke into the national spotlight when he shared the cover of Slam Magazine with LeBron James. As a senior, he had another cover of Sports Illustrated all to himself.

In 2004, he realized his dream when the Portland Trailblazers selected him with the 13th overall pick. And though his career has seen him make stops in cities such as Boston, Minnesota and Cleveland, Telfair still makes his offseason home in Westchester and keeps close contact with his family that still resides in Brooklyn.

He's stayed involved in the community by sponsoring basketball tournaments and camps that his family helps to organize.

In all, Telfair had about 40 of his friends and family members on hand for his Brooklyn debut. And even though his Suns walked away from Barclays Center without a win, he'll always remember his first pro game in Brooklyn.

"It felt good. I was excited out there, I felt a little extra bouncy," Telfair said after his Suns dropped a 99-79 decision to the Nets. "The first experience was pretty cool. I wish we would have gotten a win, but the game didn't go exactly how we wanted it to go. I wish I would have been a little more aggressive over the course of the game."

When asked if he was looking forward to returning next season, Telfair said he was. "Absolutely," he said. "This is going to be a place that I always mark the calendar on. To get the opportunity in front of my family, my hometown, it's a unique place and I'm happy for that experience here."

Telfair became the first player in history to win three PSAL titles and broke Kenny Anderson's all-time New York state high school scoring record. Telfair ended his career with a record-setting 2,785 points.

Lance Stephenson

That record, though, would be short-lived. And interestingly enough, it was the Indiana Pacers' Lance Stephenson who broke it.

Stephenson graduated from Telfair's alma mater five years later. By the time he did, he amassed 2,946 career points. It was somewhat ironic that Stephenson—Telfair's junior by five years—would play in Brooklyn for the first time the very next game after him.

Stephenson spoke with the media before his debut, as well. "I never thought we would have an arena in Brooklyn," Stephenson said before the game. "I feel great, especially playing in front of my family and friends. I'm happy I'm playing back home and just wanna have fun."

When asked whether he misses playing in New York, Stephenson agreed. "Of course," he said. "This is back home. This is where I was born and this is where I got my name." And like Telfair, he had this game circled on his calendar long before it was played.

Unlike his predecessor, Stephenson "only" had about 30 guests on hand. And according to him, they were looking forward to Jan. 13 just as much as he was.

The Pacers have slowly become one of the conference's better teams even as it tries to forge a new identity without all-star small forward Danny Granger. Stephenson, now in his third year, is a major part of their success. Entering play on Jan. 13, the Pacers had gone 9-2 over their past 11 games and Stephenson has averaged 10.8 points, 4.7 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game over that stretch.

"[I] just try to be a smart player, be a factor on the team, play team ball," Stephenson said of his recently improved play. "[I] just try to do the little things so I can stay on the floor and help us win games... watching film, getting with the coaches, learning where to be on the floor on defense."

Despite being a high-profile prep star, questions about Stephenson's maturity caused his stock to slide. Back in 2010, despite being considered a lottery level talent, he wouldn't be selected by the Pacers until 40th overall.

He's seemingly put those concerns behind him, though, and has recently shown signs of becoming a solid NBA professional.

Unfortunately for Stephenson, his Brooklyn debut would be short-lived. He managed to play just seven minutes in the first quarter but couldn't continue due to a toe injury he sustained in the Pacers previous game against the Charlotte Bobcats.

"I hurt my toe last game and I couldn't finish off tonight," he said. "It still felt good to be here, though... I just couldn't be myself and I couldn't play."

Without him, the Pacers lost a 97-86 decision to the Nets.

Even though the two former Railsplitters lost in their debuts, each was happy to have an experience in Brooklyn that they'll never forget.

And ironically enough, Telfair and Stephenson dressed in the same stall in the visitor's locker room at Barclays.

When told, Stephenson thought it was a funny conincidence. Hustling away to meet up with his friends and family, he thought about it for a second, smirked and responded.

"It's a Brooklyn thing," he said.

Though Telfair and Stephenson are each making their careers elsewhere, they both have Brooklyn pride. On Jan. 11 and 13, the two Brooklynites played their first NBA games in their hometown.

And now, since the NBA has found a home in Brooklyn, we can rest assured that for Telfair and Stephenson, it won't be their last.

With Dan Kelly contributing.

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(Anthony Gruppuso)

Nets G Isaiah Whitehead is heading down to the G-Leauge to play for the Long Island Nets. 

Whitehead has not played in the Nets' first games of the new season. 

The Seton Hall product averaged 7.4 points, 2.5 rebounds, and 2.6 assists in 22.5 minutes per game in his rookie year last season. 

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Brooklyn Nets center Timofey Mozgov watches guard Caris LeVert go to the basket during first half against Atlanta Hawks at Barclays Center. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)
Brooklyn Nets center Timofey Mozgov watches guard Caris LeVert go to the basket during first half against Atlanta Hawks at Barclays Center. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)

Allen Crabbe scored 20 points, DeMarre Carroll had 17 and the Brooklyn Nets beat the Atlanta Hawks 116-104 on Sunday.

Caris LeVert and D'Angelo Russell each had 16 points to help the Nets improve to 2-1 with their second straight victory.

Marco Belinelli had 19 points for Atlanta. The Hawks have lost two in a row to drop to 1-2. >> Read more

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Indiana Pacers guard Cory Joseph (6) drives to the basket against Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddle (8) at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. (Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports)
Indiana Pacers guard Cory Joseph (6) drives to the basket against Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddle (8) at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. (Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports)

NEW YORK -- Based on early results, offense is not a problem for the Brooklyn Nets. As for defense, that's another story.

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(Brad Penner)

NEW YORK (AP) D'Angelo RussellTrevor Booker and DeMarre Carroll all scored 17 points, and the Brooklyn Nets beat the Orlando Magic 126-121 on Friday night in their home opener.

Booker added 11 rebounds and made the clinching free throws with 0.9 seconds left after Orlando's Evan Fournier missed a tying 3-point attempt.

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Kenny Atkinson and DeMarre Carroll react to Jeremy Lin's season-ending injury and discuss how the team will adjust without him.

 

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(Brian Spurlock)

 Nets PG Jeremy Lin will miss the remainder of the 2017-2018 season, the team announced Thursday. 

Lin went down in the fourth quarter of Wednesday night's contest against the Indiana Pacers. The injury was diagnosed a ruptured patella tendon in his right knee. 

"Jeremy worked tremendously hard during the offseason and in training camp and was excited for the prospects of the team this season," GM Sean Marks said in the official statement. "We feel awful that the injury will cost him the season, however our entire organization will be there to support Jeremy in every way possible throughout his recovery. Jeremy remains an important part of this team and will continue to contribute in a leadership role."

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Indiana Pacers guard Cory Joseph (6) drives to the basket against Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddle (8) at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. (Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports)
Indiana Pacers guard Cory Joseph (6) drives to the basket against Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddle (8) at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. (Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Victor Oladipo scored 22 points in his Indiana debut, Darren Collison added 21 points and 11 assists in his return to Indianapolis, and the Pacers held off the Brooklyn Nets 140-131 on Wednesday night in their season opener.

Eight players scored in double figures as the Pacers, in their first game since trading All-Star Paul George, produced their highest point total since a 144-point game against Denver on Nov. 9, 2010. Myles Turner had 21 points and 14 rebounds, and Thaddeus Young added 17 points and 11 rebounds.

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Apr 2, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Jeremy Lin (7) brings the ball up court in the first quarter against Atlanta Hawks at Barclays Center. (Nicole Sweet-USA TODAY Sports)
Apr 2, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Jeremy Lin (7) brings the ball up court in the first quarter against Atlanta Hawks at Barclays Center. (Nicole Sweet-USA TODAY Sports)

Nets guard Jeremy Lin exited Wednesday's opening game against the Pacers in the fourth quarter with an apparent leg injury. 

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The Brooklyn Nets prepare for their regular season opener and hope to continue their strong play from this preseason.

 

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Oct 11, 2017; Uniondale, NY, USA; Philadelphia 76ers guard JJ Redick (17) drives past Brooklyn Nets guard Joe Harris (12) during the second quarter at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports (Anthony Gruppuso)

Despite a 24-point effort from D'Angelo Russell, the Nets fell to the 76ers, 133-114, on Wednesday night. >> Box score


Philadelphia jumped out to a 30-22 lead in the first quarter and never ceded control after that as the easily rolled to a win. 

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(Nicole Sweet)

The Nets are set to have another bad season as Vegas odds have them as a longshot to win this year's NBA title, per NY Daily News.

Sportsbettingdime.com has the Nets set at 1000-1 to win the 2018 Finals, which is the largest odds of any team. The Knickss are tied with the Nets as well. 

The Hawks, Magic, and Bulls are next on the list for the worst odds. 

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Brooklyn Nets guard D'Angelo Russell shoots the ball against New York Knicks center Willy Hernangomez in the second quarter at Barclays Center. (Nicole Sweet/USA TODAY Sports)
Brooklyn Nets guard D'Angelo Russell shoots the ball against New York Knicks center Willy Hernangomez in the second quarter at Barclays Center. (Nicole Sweet/USA TODAY Sports)

Six Nets players scored in double figures as Brooklyn beat the New York Knicks 117-83 on Sunday at Barclays Center. >> Read more


D'Angelo Russell scored 16 points and recorded seven assists as the Nets improved to 3-0 in the preseason.

Allen Crabbe scored 14 points, while Chris LeVert and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson both scored 12.

Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 13 points and recorded five turnovers and five fouls, as the Knicks lost their third straight preseason game. Kristaps Porzingis scored six points on 2-of-6 shooting, while Willy Hernangomez recorded 17 points and 11 rebounds.

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Brooklyn Nets guard Jeremy Lin poses for a photo during media day at HSS Training Center. (Nicole Sweet/USA TODAY Sports)
Brooklyn Nets guard Jeremy Lin poses for a photo during media day at HSS Training Center. (Nicole Sweet/USA TODAY Sports)

Nets guard Jeremy Lin opened up about his hair style in The Players' Tribune after Kenyon Martin criticized him for having dreadlocks.

Upon seeing Lin's hair style -- which he said was "meant to be fun, and to be an expression of freedom" -- Martin posted a video calling him out for appropriating culture.

"Do I need to remind this damn boy that his last name Lin?" Martin said in the video. "Like, come on man. Let's stop this, man, with these people, man. There is no way possible that he would have made it on one of our teams with that bulls--- goin' on on his head. Come on man, somebody need to tell him, like, 'All right bro, we get it. You wanna be black.' Like, we get it. But the last name is Lin."

Lin responded on Instagram by saying he was "grateful" that Martin felt that way and then noted the fact that Martin has Chinese symbols tattooed on his body. Lin later wrote on The Players' Tribune that he wanted to call for acceptance, peace and empathy.

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Oct 5, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets center Jarrett Allen (31) shoots against Miami Heat in the second quarter at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Nicole Sweet-USA TODAY Sports  (Nicole Sweet)
Oct 5, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets center Jarrett Allen (31) shoots against Miami Heat in the second quarter at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Nicole Sweet-USA TODAY Sports (Nicole Sweet)

Jeremy Lin scored 16 points, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson grabbed 11 rebounds, and the Nets cruised to a 107-88 preseason win over the Heat on Thursday at the Barclays Center. >> Read more


Sean Kilpatrick had 14 points and made all five of his free-throw attempts. He also had six rebounds, which was tied for second on the team alongside Tyler Zeller.

Hollis-Jefferson also had 10 points to go along with his 11 rebounds, while Quincy Acy had four rebounds, two steals, and nine points.

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Oct 3, 2017; New York, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard D'Angelo Russell (1) drives to the basket against New York Knicks guard Jarrett Jack (55) during the first half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Oct 3, 2017; New York, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard D'Angelo Russell (1) drives to the basket against New York Knicks guard Jarrett Jack (55) during the first half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

D'Angelo Russell scored 19 points to lead the Brooklyn Nets to a 115-107 win in the preseason opener on Tuesday night. >>Read more. . .


 

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(Bob Donnan)

NEW YORK (AP) The NBA is scrapping the East vs. West format for its All-Star Game and will have captains pick teams this season.

The league said Tuesday that the leading vote-getter from each conference will choose teams from the pool of players who were voted as starters and reserves.

The change will begin with this season's game in Los Angeles on Feb. 18.

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Brooklyn Nets guard Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, guard Caris LeVert and guard D'Angelo Russell pose during media day at HSS Training Center. (Nicole Sweet/USA TODAY Sports)
Brooklyn Nets guard Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, guard Caris LeVert and guard D'Angelo Russell pose during media day at HSS Training Center. (Nicole Sweet/USA TODAY Sports)

The Brooklyn Nets will discuss how they will approach the national anthem this season and plan to act as a unified group.

NBA commissioner Adam Silver said last week he expects players to stand in unity for the national anthem this season, while many NFL players have either kneeled or locked arms as a team during the national anthem in protest of civil rights issues.

"We haven't come out with a statement, but I think our idea is -- however our players approach this -- I want them to be unified," Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson said, according to the New York Post's Brian Lewis. "We want them to follow the NBA rules. That's important to us, and I think our guys understand that."

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After failing to sign him as a restricted free agent last off-season, the Nets have traded for Portland guard Allen Crabbe. (Steve Dykes/AP)
After failing to sign him as a restricted free agent last off-season, the Nets have traded for Portland guard Allen Crabbe. (Steve Dykes/AP)

Nets G/F Allen Crabbe suffered a sprained ankle on Wednesday at the end of the team's practice, according to Greg Logan of Newsday.

Crabbe's ankle injury was confirmed after he underwent x-rays.

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Mar 17, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Jeremy Lin (7) talks to an official during the second half against the Boston Celtics at Barclays Center. Boston won 98-95. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Mar 17, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Jeremy Lin (7) talks to an official during the second half against the Boston Celtics at Barclays Center. Boston won 98-95. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Nets guard Jeremy Lin has watched as players throughout the NFL and NBA have spoke and protested in unity against the words of President Donald Trump, and he is all for the social action. 

Last Friday at a campaign rally in Alabama, after Trump called out NFL players for kneeling down during the national anthem, Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry and some fellow Warriors players essentially said they would not like to attend the White House to celebrate their 2017 NBA title. After seeing this, Trump tweeted that Curry no longer had an invite to visit the president.

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The Nets open training camp at the Naval Academy to prepare for the season and Kenny Atkinson explains why the team chose to train there.

 

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(Brett Davis)

The Nets roster is ready to go from worst in the league to playoff contender this season, but GM Sean Marks and head coach Kenny Atkinson are only focused on progress and development. 

The Nets' 20-62 record last season was the worst in the NBA. But spirits are high this season after the acquisitions of PG D'Angelo Russell, C Timofey Mozgov, SF DeMarre Carroll, and SG Allen Crabbe to go along with the Nets' first-round C Jarrett Allen. 

Atkinson loves his new band of players to work with, but he isn't primarily focused on winning a ring just yet. He needs his players to grow first. 

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The Nets acquired D'Angelo Russell and Timofey Mozgov on Tuesday night.  (Winslow Townson/AP)
The Nets acquired D'Angelo Russell and Timofey Mozgov on Tuesday night. (Winslow Townson/AP)

Nets G D'Angelo Russell is eager to prove to his new organization that he is capable of leading a team and making players around him better. 

"I want this to be home for me," said Russell, via Newsday. "Getting traded and moving, changing your whole environment and situation is not easy. So, I don't want to do that again. The easier and the quicker I can get that relationship with guys, the easier that will be."

On the way out of Los Angeles, President of Basketball Operations Magic Johnson called out Russell for his lack of leadership and his failures as a true point guard.

Russell disagreed with those comments, but has not taken shots at Johnson or the Lakers.

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Brooklyn Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson coaches against the Atlanta Hawks in the third quarter at Philips Arena. The Nets defeated the Hawks 107-92. (Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports)
Brooklyn Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson coaches against the Atlanta Hawks in the third quarter at Philips Arena. The Nets defeated the Hawks 107-92. (Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports)

Forward DeMarre Carroll said at Nets media day on Monday that he is 100 percent healthy for the first time in two years.

Carroll has dealt with a variety of injuries, including nagging knee, ankle and back issues that forced him to turn in two down seasons in Toronto. The 6'8" veteran forward was supposed to play a key role as a wing or stretch four with the Raptors but was occasionally passed over by Norman Powell and/or other more durable, consistent, younger players. 

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(Bill Streicher/USA TODAY Sports)

The Brooklyn Nets signed forward Akil Mitchell on Sunday, the team announced.

Mitchell, a 6-foot-9, 250-pound forward, averaged 8.3 points and 6.8 rebounds in four games for Brooklyn's G League affiliate, the Long Island Nets, last season.

He previously averaged 9.5 points and 7.2 rebounds in 25 games for the Australian National Basketball League's New Zealand Breakers. He played 133 games for the University of Virginia from 2010 to 2014.

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(Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports)

Sarah Kustok will take over the Nets' color commentator role this season, becoming the third woman on regional TV network in the NBA to handle such a role. 

In an interview with the New York Post, she said that it's been quite the journey to get where she is today. She previously starred at DePaul before joining ESPN as a sideliner reporter for multiple sports.

Eventually after working in Chicago in a similar role, she came to YES Network to become the team's sideline reporter. After five years in that position, she has taken over the full-time color duties from Mike Fratello.

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Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson discusses how both Jeremy Lin and D'Angelo Russell will fit into his plans for the backcourt this season.

 

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(Noah K. Murray)

Former Nets PG Stephon Marbury is eyeing a return to the NBA, he announced on Tuesday.

Marbury has not played in the NBA since the 2008-09 season. In 2010, he began playing for the Beijing Ducks in the Chinese Basketball Association where he has won three championships. Last season, he averaged 21.4 points, 5.5 assists, and four rebounds per game. 

Marbury spent three seasons with the Nets where he averaged 23 points, 8.1 assists, and 1.3 steals in 172 games.

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Boston Celtics center Tyler Zeller (David Butler II/USA TODAY Sports)
Boston Celtics center Tyler Zeller (David Butler II/USA TODAY Sports)

The Brooklyn Nets agreed to a two-year deal with former Celtics center Tyler Zeller, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

Zeller, who averaged 3.5 points and 2.4 rebounds in 51 games last season, is expected to compete behind Timofey Mozgov, according to Wojnarowski.

Zeller's contract is guaranteed for this season but is not guaranteed for the 2018-19 season, according to Wojnarowski.

The 27-year-old center has averaged seven points and 4.4 rebounds in five seasons with the Celtics and Cleveland Cavaliers.

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In the latest episode of Timeout with Taylor Rooks, Nets shooting guard Caris Levert joins the show to discuss his playing days at Michigan, his heightened expectations of this year's team in Brooklyn, and his affinity for teammate Jeremy Lin.

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(Tom Szczerbowski)

The Nets are hosting former Raptors F Jared Sullinger for a workout, per NY Post's Brian Lewis. 

A source close to Sullinger told Lewis, "He's in town for a workout. It's an opportunity for [the Nets] to watch him."

Sullinger's agent, David Falk, say his client is "exploring the opportunity" to sign with the Nets, according to NY Daily News' Stefan Bondy

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(Craig Mitchelldyer)

While trying to get used to his new city, Nets SG Allen Crabbe has been working on his game as he prepares for the new season.

Crabbe has only been in New York for about three weeks since he was traded to the Nets by the Porland Trail Blazers, but he is already getting involved as he was part of the Brooklyn Nets Basketball Academy on Thursday. He is becoming to enjoy his new city. 

"New York is cool man, I'm glad to be here," Crabbe told Nets.com's Cory Wright. "I'm just getting acclimated with the city, trying to learn my whereabouts and where all the fun stuff is outside of basketball practice and all that."

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The Nets acquired D'Angelo Russell and Timofey Mozgov on Tuesday night.  (Winslow Townson/AP)
The Nets acquired D'Angelo Russell and Timofey Mozgov on Tuesday night. (Winslow Townson/AP)

Nets PG D'Angelo Russell said that he wants teams around the NBA to "hate us," according to Nets Daily, who was at the Nets Inaugural Basketball Camp at Battery Park City.

"We've struggled over the last few years in Brooklyn," Russell said. "Teams are used to coming in and taking nights off. I just want to rebuild that and make it a place where people come and say, 'alright we got the crowd against us. It's New York.'

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The Brooklyn Nets' bench (Anthony Gruppuso/USA TODAY Sports)

The Brooklyn Nets released their 2017-18 regular-season schedule, which includes opening the season at the Indiana Pacers on Oct. 18 at 7 p.m. and playing their home opener at Barclays Center on Oct. 20 against the Orlando Magic at 7:30 p.m.

Brooklyn will also play two games in Mexico this season, facing the Oklahoma City Thunder on Dec. 7 and the Miami Heat on Dec. 9.

The Nets will have two nationally-televised games, the fewest among all 30 NBA teams, this season, according to Yaya Dubin. Both of their games will be on NBATV.

The Nets will face the defending champion Golden State Warriors at home on Nov. 19 and on the road on March 6. Their home finale is April 9 against the Chicago Bulls and their regular-season finale is April 11 on the road against the Boston Celtics.

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(Brad Penner)

Nets rookie C Jarrett Allen doesn't pay any mind to those who say he doesn't love the game of basketball due to his other hobbies. 

Allen was the Nets' first-round pick of the 2017 NBA Draft in June, and the reason he fell to their No. 22 pick was reportedly due to many questioning his dedication to the game.

He put those notions to shame at the NBA rookie photo shoot on Friday. 

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Brooklyn Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson coaches against the Atlanta Hawks in the third quarter at Philips Arena. The Nets defeated the Hawks 107-92. (Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports)
Brooklyn Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson coaches against the Atlanta Hawks in the third quarter at Philips Arena. The Nets defeated the Hawks 107-92. (Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports)

The Nets will make a trip to Mexico this year, taking on the Oklahoma City Thunder on Dec. 7 and the Miami Heat on Dec. 9, the league announced Wednesday. 

"I've obviously traveled a lot in the basketball world and been to Mexico City twice and know what a great fanbase there is," head coach Kenny Atkninson said following the announcement. "We're honored and playing two good teams. The Mexican fans are going to have a good time watching us play these games.

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(Peter Aiken)

The Nets have announced they signed guards Milton Doyle and Jeremy Senglin who both played on the Nets' summer league team in Las Vegas.

The terms of the deals were not released per team policy, but Basketball Insiders' Michael Scotto says Doyle agreed to a one-year, partially guaranteed deal with the team. Both players went undrafted in the 2017 NBA Draft. 

In four games during summer league, Doyle averaged 10.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 1.5 assists in 16.3 minutes per game. The 6-foot-4 guard spent four years at Loyola University Chicago where he became the first player in program history to make it on the All-Missouri Valley Conference First Team during his senior season. He averaged 15.2 points in 32.6 minutes last year. 

Senglin averaged seven points, 2.3 rebounds, and 0.5 assists in four games in summer league. Playing four season at Trail Blazers PG Damian Lillard's alma mater Weber State, Senglin became the program's all-time leading scorer with 2,078 points. He averaged 16.7 points over his career. 

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(Mike Dinovo)

The Nets have waived G Archie Goodwin, according to multiple reports.

Goodwin, 22, averaged 7.3 points, 1.6 assists, and 1.9 rebounds in 15 games last season.

He signed two 10-day contracts with the Nets last year.

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After failing to sign him as a restricted free agent last off-season, the Nets have traded for Portland guard Allen Crabbe. (Steve Dykes/AP)
After failing to sign him as a restricted free agent last off-season, the Nets have traded for Portland guard Allen Crabbe. (Steve Dykes/AP)

The Nets have traded for guard Allen Crabbe. 

Elsewhere, Steven Matz's struggles continue, the Jets sign Lucky Whitehead and the Yankees sweep the Reds. 

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Apr 8, 2015; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov addresses media during a press conference before the Brooklyn Nets play the Atlanta Hawks at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Apr 8, 2015; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov addresses media during a press conference before the Brooklyn Nets play the Atlanta Hawks at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Brooklyn Nets and Barclays Center owner, Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov, received approval from the NBA Finance Committee to split up the two entities as he looks to sell a minority interest in the team, per The Post's Brian Lewis. 

First reported by Forbes, Prokhorov wanted to sell a minority stake in the Nets, but keep the Barclays Center under his control last year. However, the NBA denied him the right to do so. 

Though he has approval from the Finance Committee, the NBA Board of Governors still needs to give Prokhorov the green light before he is allowed to make a deal with a potential buyer. 

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 (Craig Mitchelldyer)
(Craig Mitchelldyer)

The Nets have traded PF Andrew Nicholson to the Trail Blazers for G Allen Crabbe, the team announced on Tuesday.

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported that Portland will waive and stretch Nicholson's contract, paying $2.8 million over the next seven years. 

The Nets were interested in signing Crabbe last season. However, the Blazers matched their four-year,$75 million offer sheet. Because of the offer sheet, both sides had to wait a year before executing the deal.

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Toronto Raptors forward Jared Sullinger (0) reacts after scoring a basket against the Phoenix Suns at Air Canada Centre. The Suns beat the Raptors 115-103. (Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports)
Toronto Raptors forward Jared Sullinger (0) reacts after scoring a basket against the Phoenix Suns at Air Canada Centre. The Suns beat the Raptors 115-103. (Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports)

The Nets are interested in Jared Sullinger and are watching his games in The Basketball Tournament at LIU Brooklyn, reports ESPN's Fran Fraschilla. 

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(Joe Camporeale)

The Nets have announced they signed international G Yakuba Ouattara to a two-way contract. 

Ouattara spent the 2016-17 season playing for AS Monaco Basket of the French LNB Pro A league. He averaged 11.8 points, 3.3 rebounds, and 0.9 assists in 23.4 minutes per game. He can knock down the three-ball as well, shooting 40.0 percent from the perimeter.

The 6-foot-3, 185 pound guard has been a member of the French national team being that his native Ghana doesn't have a team of their own. 

At 25, Ouattara has played in the French league since 2012. 

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Jarrett Allen (Brad Penner (USA Today))
Jarrett Allen (Brad Penner (USA Today))

The Nets have signed first-round pick Jarrett Allen to a multi-year contract, the team announced on Thursday. The details of the contract have not been released.

Allen, 19, was the Nets' 22nd overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft. 

In his one season at the University of Texas, Allen averaged 13.4 points, 8.4 rebounds, and 1.5 blocks per game in 33 games. He had 12 double-doubles on the season and is fourth in school history with 278 total rebounds by a freshman.

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(Kevin Sousa)

The Nets' newest acquisition SF DeMarre Carroll calls his move to Brooklyn a "reunion" as he reunites with head coach Kenny Atkinson.

In his first interview with the media, Carroll expressed his excitement to join the Nets relating the move to a kid coming home to his family after being away at college. 

"Yeah man, it's a reunion," Carroll told The Post's Brian Lewis. "It's basically like going off to college and coming back to your family. I feel like it's my family. This is where I belong, and where I'm comfortable at."

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Jeremy Lin predicted that the Nets would make the playoffs in the upcoming season. (Chiang Ying-ying/AP)
Jeremy Lin predicted that the Nets would make the playoffs in the upcoming season. (Chiang Ying-ying/AP)

Jeremy Lin said that the Nets will make the playoffs this upcoming season. 

Elsewhere, Steven Matz was knocked around for the second straight time, the Yankees split a four-game series with the Boston Red Sox and Carmelo Anthony expects trade talks to resume. 

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Apr 2, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Jeremy Lin (7) brings the ball up court in the first quarter against Atlanta Hawks at Barclays Center. (Nicole Sweet-USA TODAY Sports)
Apr 2, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Jeremy Lin (7) brings the ball up court in the first quarter against Atlanta Hawks at Barclays Center. (Nicole Sweet-USA TODAY Sports)

During his trip to Taiwan, Nets guard Jeremy Lin said he expects the team to make the playoffs this season. 

The Nets finished last season at 20-62 and have not made the postseason since the 2014-15 season. 

"We're making the playoffs. I don't care what anybody else tells me," Lin said in an interview posted to YouTube

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The Nets reportedly have interest in acquiring JaMychal Green. (David Zalubowski/AP)
The Nets reportedly have interest in acquiring JaMychal Green. (David Zalubowski/AP)

The Nets are interested in free agent JaMychal Green

Elsewhere, the Knicks are near a deal with the Rockets involving Carmelo Anthony,Bryce Harper says that New York is too hectic of a city for him and Amed Rosario went 0-for-4 in the Triple-A All-Star Game 

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NBA commissioner Adam Silver speaks at a press conference prior to the game with the San Antonio Spurs playing against the Phoenix Suns during the NBA game at the Mexico City Arena. (José Méndez )
NBA commissioner Adam Silver speaks at a press conference prior to the game with the San Antonio Spurs playing against the Phoenix Suns during the NBA game at the Mexico City Arena. (José Méndez )

The NBA has accepted recommendations from the competition committee to improve the speed of the game, the league announced Wednesday. 

Chief among them is that teams will now only have two timeouts over the final three minutes of the game instead of three timeouts over the final two minutes. The maximum number of timeouts has been reduced to 14 per game, while the 20-second timeout has been eliminated, as each timeout will last 75 seconds. In overtime, teams will be limited to two timeouts.

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Phoenix Suns center Alex Len (21) guards Memphis Grizzlies forward JaMychal Green (0) during the game at FedExForum. Memphis Grizzlies defeated the Phoenix Suns 110-91. (Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports)
Phoenix Suns center Alex Len (21) guards Memphis Grizzlies forward JaMychal Green (0) during the game at FedExForum. Memphis Grizzlies defeated the Phoenix Suns 110-91. (Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports)

The Nets have turned their interest to acquiring restricted free agent JaMychal Green after losing out on Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Otto Pope Jr.according to the New York Post

Once the Porter Jr. offer sheet comes off the books, which is expected to happen midnight Thursday, the Nets will have $16.5 million in cap space to spend. 

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