Josh Newman, SNYNets.com

NEW YORK —The Brooklyn Nets let the Toronto Raptors hang around late in the season-opener on Saturday night, but still pulled out a victory. The Nets let the Minnesota Timberwolves, who are still without Kevin Love and Ricky Rubio, hang around late in Monday evening's game and it cost them.

Leading by 22 points late in the third quarter, the Nets squandered that lead, scored just two points over the last 5:23 and fell to the Timberwolves, 107-96, in front of 14,017 at Barclays Center.

Nikola Pekovic had a strong start down low against Brook Lopez on his way to a game-high 21 points to lead five T-wolves in double figures. Andrei Kirilenko (16 points, 10 rebounds) and Dante Cunningham (11 points, 11 rebounds) each finished with double-doubles in the win.

For the Nets, Deron Williams finished with 18 points and 13 assists, while Joe Johnson scored a team-high 19 points.

The Fourth Quarter

The Nets were outscored 32-10 in the fourth quarter and ultimately lost to a Timberwolves squad playing the second game of a back-to-back. The T-Wolves were coming off of a 105-86 loss at the Toronto Raptors on Sunday evening.

Chase Budinger scored eight of his 16 points in the fourth quarter and rookie guard Alexey Shved had all 10 of his points over the final 12:00, including the go-ahead basket with 2:35 to play.

Aside from two points over the final 5:23, the numbers from Nets' side of things in the fourth quarter were scary. They were 4-for-17 from the field, 0-for-3 from 3-point range and were out-rebounded, 19-4.

"We just relaxed defensively," Nets head coach Avery Johnson said. "We started trading baskets with them in the third quarter and never really could get stops. When we stopped scoring, they continued to score, so give them a lot of credit. Like I've said along, we've got a long way to go."

A Tough Night For Lopez

After an encouraging outing on Saturday against the Raptors, Lopez was hammered early by Pekovic and struggled throughout, finishing with just nine points and seven rebounds in 23 minutes.

Pekovic was considered a top 10 prospect prior to the 2008 NBA Draft, but concerns about buying out his European deal caused him to slip down the board. He was eventually selected 31st overall and is beginning to show some of that promise. Pekovic began the game by hitting four of his first five and scoring 10 points, though he eventually went to the bench with foul trouble.

Greg Stiemsma, his backup, also got into foul trouble, but the second half brought a new beginning. Pekovic hung tough and made Lopez's night tough. When it was all said and done, Lopez was searching for answers.

"I wasn't at my best tonight when I needed to be," a stoic Lopez said after the game. "It was tough. We didn't do very well on the pick-and-roll defense, they made plays and we didn't. We have to take accountability."

To Shoot, or Not To Shoot

After Saturday's victory over the Raptors, some thought that the 15 3-pointers the Nets took were too much. The thought was that they should be more patient and find better, higher percentage shots. However, Avery Johnson didn't necessarily agree with that opinion on Saturday and the Nets performance on Monday night showed that.

Two nights after gong 6-for-15 from 3-point range against the Raptors, the Nets went 13-for-23 against the Timberwolves. On Monday night, nobody was complaining about the three-point shooting during the first three quarters.

Saturday saw the Nets go 3-for-8 from deep during the first quarter, but they followed that by toning down the deep shooting and outplaying the Raptors over the final three quarters in a 107-100 victory. That didn't happen on Monday, so whether or not the Nets continue to shoot three-pointers is something that we should pay attention to.

On Monday, from behind the arc, Joe Johnson was 3-for-5 and Keith Bogans was 3-for-4. Bogans started in place of the injured Gerald Wallace. As of now, the Nets are preparing to play without Wallace on Wednesday night when they travel to Miami to battle the Heat, but his status will be updated over the next few days.

Bogans Gives Good Minutes

In an effort to not disrupt his rotation, Avery Johnson started Bogans in place of Wallace instead of C.J. Watson or MarShon Brooks, and Bogans came through.

In 14 minutes, the former University of Kentucky star finished with nine points after his 3-for-4 night from deep. He opened the game with a 3-pointer from the left baseline just 23 seconds in.

"I thought Bogans gave us a little lift there early," Avery Johnson said. "I couldn't stretch him out anymore minutes than he played, but I thought he did okay early in the game."

Wallace's status is still day-to-day with a sprained left ankle. After playing a small Timberwolves lineup, a small Miami Heat lineup awaits on Wednesday.

Taylor, Teletovic Make Debuts

Wallace's absence removed one rotation player from the Nets, so rookie point guard Tyshawn Taylor was called upon to play some minutes and made his NBA debut in the opening minute of the second quarter.

Over a span of 5:58 in that second quarter, Taylor made his only shot—a 5-foot jumper in traffic—and had a plus-minus of +6, as he helped the Nets outscore the Timberwolves, 16-10, in his six minutes of action.

Former Euroleague star Mirza Teletovic also made his NBA debut Monday and in his short floor time, he did exactly what he was brought into do—shoot.

Teletovic checked in with 7.6 seconds to play in the first half and after Timberwolves point guard Luke Ridnour hit a free throw, Williams rushed the ball up the floor with Teletovic trailing the play. The ball wound up in his hands and without hesitation, he fired and hit a 3-pointer to end a dominant first half for the Nets. At halftime, they led, 62-47.

Teletovic played just four minutes but made two of his three shots and finished with five points.

Final Word

"We should be able to put teams away and keep them at distance and not give up a 22-point lead. It's definitely disappointing, definitely embarrassing giving who they're missing."--Deron Williams

Josh Newman is SNYNets.com’s Field Reporter. Follow him on Twitter for up to the minute news and banter on all things related to the Brooklyn Nets and the NBA.

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 (Brett Davis)
(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' 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)

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))

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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(Bill Streicher)

Nets target Kentavious Caldwell-Pope has signed a one-year deal with the Lakers worth $18 million, according to multiple reports.

The Nets reportedly had "over 50 percent" chance to land pope, the NY Post's Brian Lewis reported on Tuesday.

With the Wizards matching the Nets' offer to Otto Porter, Jr., Caldwell-Pope was the team's next-best option still on the open market. The Nets will have $16.5 million in cap space to spend once Porter Jr. is off their books, and they could release or deal away other players to create more if needed.

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DeMarre Carroll is the newest member of the Nets following a trade. (Chris Young/AP )

The Nets acquired forward DeMarre Carroll and two draft picks from the Raptors in exchange for center Justin Hamilton.

Elsewhere, the Mets are shutout, the Yankees drop their first-half finale, the former Cavaliers general manager drops out of Knicks search and a pair of Yankees prepare for the Home Run Derby. 

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Toronto Raptors forward DeMarre Carroll shoots around Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo during the first quarter in game four of the first round of the 2017 NBA Playoffs at BMO Harris Bradley Center. (Jeff Hanisch/USA TODAY Sports)
Toronto Raptors forward DeMarre Carroll shoots around Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo during the first quarter in game four of the first round of the 2017 NBA Playoffs at BMO Harris Bradley Center. (Jeff Hanisch/USA TODAY Sports)

The Brooklyn Nets acquired forward DeMarre Carroll and two draft picks from the Toronto Raptors in exchange for center Justin Hamilton, according to the Associated Press.

Carroll, 30, has two years and $30 million remaining on his deal, which allows the Raptors to clear enough cap space to make room for Kyle Lowry's three-year, $100 million deal, according to the AP.

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Jan 19, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) drives against Washington Wizards forward Otto Porter Jr. (22) during the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. Washington Wizards won 113-110. (Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports)

The Nets' four-year, $106-million offer sheet for Otto Porter includes a trade kicker and a player option, acording to according to ESPN NBA Insider Adrian Wojnarowski‏. 

On Tuesday, the Nets had reportedly agreed with Porter on a four-year, $106 million contract, according to the Vertical, citing sources.

According to ESPN, the Kings had offered Porter a four-year, $106.5 million contract. The Wizards were previously expected to match any offer he receives. 

Porter had a breakout season in 2016-17, as he averaged a career-high 13.4 points and 6.4 rebounds per game while shooting 52 percent from the field and 43 percent from 3-point land. The Wizards reached the Eastern Conference Semifinals before losing to the Celtics in seven games.

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(Joe Camporeale)

The Nets current odds to win the 2018 NBA championship is set at 500/1, per Bovada LV. 

They are tied with the Magic, Suns and Kings for having the worst odds in the NBA. The closest to the Nets in the Atlantic Division is the Knicks, who have 150/1 odds. 

Focusing on the division, the Celtics have the fourth-best odds to win the title at 14/1 while the Raptors and 76ers are set at 50/1 and 66/1 respectively. 

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The Nets have inked Otto Porter to a four-year $106 million deal. (Charles Krupa)
The Nets have inked Otto Porter to a four-year $106 million deal. (Charles Krupa)

The Nets signed restricted free-agent Otto Porter Jr. to a four year contract on Tuesday, the Wizards will have three days to match the offer sheet.  

Elsewhere, the Mets lost to the Nationals, the Knicks have interest in free-agent Dion Waiters, Ilya Kovulchuck will remain in the KHL, and the the Yankees drop a game to the Blue Jays. 

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(Greg M. Cooper)

The Nets have officially announced their 2017 Summer League roster. 

The team will be traveling to Las Vegas for the third straight year with head coach Kenny Atkinson coaching the team for his second consecutive year.

Current Nets G Isaiah Whitehead, G/F Caris Lavert, F Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Archie Goodwin, and G Spencer Dinwiddie are set to play as well as first-round pick C Jarrett Allen. 

The Nets will take on the Atlanta Hawks in their first game on July 7. 

To see the full roster, click here

Tags: Isaiah Whitehead, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson
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Brooklyn Nets guard Sean Kilpatrick (6) dribbles the ball against Washington Wizards during second half at Barclays Center. (Noah K. Murray)
Brooklyn Nets guard Sean Kilpatrick (6) dribbles the ball against Washington Wizards during second half at Barclays Center. (Noah K. Murray)

The Brooklyn Nets have picked up the options on guard Sean Kilpatrick and guard Joe Harris for the 2017-2018 season, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical.

Both Kilpatrick and Harris will earn $1.5 million this season.

Kilpatrick appeared in 70 games for Brooklyn last season, averaging 13.1 points, 4.0 rebounds, and 2.2 assists in 25.1 minutes per 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 Brooklyn Nets will play two home games in Mexico City in early December as part of the 25th anniversary celebration of NBA Mexico, according to a report from the Mexican newspaper, Excelsior

The Nets will serve as the home team as they take on the San Antonio Spurs and the Oklahoma City Thunder.

These will be the 25th and 26th games held in Mexico, and the fifth and sixth regular season games there since the NBA and Mexico began their relationship in 1992.

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(Kevin Jairaj)

Free agent G J.J. Redick has been working out with Nets' PG Jeremy Lin in Brooklyn, per NY Post's Brian Lewis. 

Redick owns a $4.2 million condo he recently purchased in the DUMBO section of Brooklyn, and the Nets are hoping to permanently relocate him to the city as they are interested in signing him. 

The 33-year-old is a three-point specialist that the Nets could slip right into their offensive scheme. The Nets shot 31.6 three-pointers per game last season, making 33.8 percent of them. Redick averaged 15.0 points while shooting 42.9 percent from beyond the arc.

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In the latest installment of JRSportBrief on SNY.tv, JR debates whether LaVar Ball is a genius or a distraction.

In the latest installment of JRSportBrief on SNY.tv, JR debates whether Lavar Ball is a genius or a distraction.

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The Nets introduced 22nd overall pick Jarrett Allen to the New York media on Monday. (Michael Noble Jr.)
The Nets introduced 22nd overall pick Jarrett Allen to the New York media on Monday. (Michael Noble Jr.)

The Brooklyn Nets introduced newcomers Timofey Mozgov, D'Angelo Russell, and Jarrett Allen to the New York media.

Elsewhere, Odell Beckahm Jr. was named the eighth best player in the NFL by NFL Network, the Mets trade rumors continue and the Yankees get a much-needed victory.  

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The Brooklyn Nets introduced their newly acquired players, D'Angelo Russell and Timofey Mozgov, from a trade with the Lakers on Monday night

Los Angeles Lakers guard D'Angelo Russell (Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports)
Los Angeles Lakers guard D'Angelo Russell (Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports)

D'Angelo Russell wasn't only traded, he was insulted on the way out the door.

After the Los Angeles Lakers selected Lonzo Ball with the No. 2 pick in the NBA draft, team President Magic Johnson said Russell played well but stressed that he needed a leader as his point guard. Given that Johnson is one of the greatest ever to play the position, the sting might have really hurt Russell.

But his turbulent time in Los Angeles is over, so the only voices Russell are listening to are in Brooklyn.

"It's good to be here. I can't really control that, what they say," Russell said Monday. "I'm gone. It's the past. I'm here now. It's irrelevant, honestly."

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(Aaron Doster)

Former Nets F Kenyon Martin thinks that Nets fans are 'getting cheated,' per Newsday's Neil Best.

Martin was one of the prominent former NBA stars featured during the opening night of the BIG3 three-on-three league at Barclays Center Sunday. He wasn't afraid to voice his opinions on the two New York teams saying both lack talent that the fans want to see. 

"They appreciate good talent," Martin said, "and as of late the Knicks and Nets haven't had that. I'm saying both side, the talent level hasn't been there. So I think they're cheating the fans, man. I really do think the fans of Brooklyn and over the way [in Manhattan], man, they're getting cheated." 

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KJ McDaniels (Brad Mills/USA TODAY Sports)
KJ McDaniels (Brad Mills/USA TODAY Sports)

The Brooklyn Nets plan to decline the team option on guard KJ McDanielsThe Vertical's Shams Charania reports.

McDaniels, 24, averaged 4.2 points and 1.7 rebounds in 49 games with the Nets and Houston Rockets last season.

In 148 career games, he has averaged 5.3 points and 2.2 rebounds with the Rockets, Nets and Philadelphia 76ers, who drafted him 32nd overall in 2014.

McDaniels will become a free agent after the team declined his $3.5 million team option for 2017-18.

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Jarrett Allen speaks with SNY's Jeane Coakley about joining the Brooklyn Nets and what he hopes to bring to the franchise.

Jarrett Allen speaks with SNY's Jeane Coakley about joining the Nets and what he hopes to bring to the franchise.

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(Frank Franklin II/AP)

In Thursday's NBA draft, the Nets selected Jarrett Allen and Aleksander Vezenkov. 

Elsewhere, blunders cost the Yankees, the Mets continue their skid, and the two local MLS teams gear up for the Hudson River Derby. 

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Justine Ward sits down with the latest addition to the Brooklyn Nets, Jarrett Allen from Texas

The Nets selected C Jarrett Allen with the 22nd overall pick in the first round of the NBA Draft on Thursday night at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

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Jun 22, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; NBA commissioner Adam Silver speaks before the first round of the 2017 NBA Draft at Barclays Center.  (Brad Penner (USA Today))
Jun 22, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; NBA commissioner Adam Silver speaks before the first round of the 2017 NBA Draft at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner (USA Today))

The Nets selected Aleksandar Vezenkov with the No. 57 overall pick in the second round of the NBA Draft on Thursday night at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Vezenkov, 21, currently plays for FC Barcelona and is not expected to join the Nets immediately. 

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