Apr 6, 2016; Washington, DC, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Chris McCullough (1) dunks the ball against the Washington Wizards in the third quarter at Verizon Center. The Wizards won 121-103. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports (Geoff Burke)
Apr 6, 2016; Washington, DC, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Chris McCullough (1) dunks the ball against the Washington Wizards in the third quarter at Verizon Center. The Wizards won 121-103. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports (Geoff Burke)

The Nets have recalled F Chris McCullough from their D-League affiliate, the team announced Wednesday night. 

The team had assigned McCullough to the Long Island Nets earlier in the day and he scored 19 points on 6-of-16 shooting in 34 minutes against the Erie Bayhawks. He also grabbed 13 rebounds and has two assists. 

The 21-year-old has appeared in nine games for Brooklyn this season, averaging 1.8 points and 1.6 rebounds in 5.4 minutes per game.

McCullough, the 29th overall pick in the 2015 Draft, is playing in his second professional season after a collegiate career at Syracuse.

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 (Joe Camporeale)
(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)
(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)
(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 )
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)
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)
(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)
(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)
(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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JRSportBrief: LaVar Ball 00:01:30
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)
(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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Newest Net, Jarrett Allen 00:01:23
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)
(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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 (Geoff Burke)
(Geoff Burke)

In The Undefeated's latest mock draft, the Nets select Michigan F D.J. Wilson with the No. 22 overal pick, per Marc J. Spears. 

Spears writes, "The Brooklyn Nets land a late bloomer with a 7-3 wingspan whose stock rose during the NCAA tournament when he averaged 18.5 points and 3.5 blocks in three games."

Wilson took on a bigger role for the Wolverines in his junior season, averaging 30.4 minutes per game compared to 6.1 minutes the previous year. he finished the season with 11.0 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 1.5 blocks per game.

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Eamon McAnaney reports on the state of basketball in New York City, which may be losing it's claim as the epicenter of hoops talent.

SNY's Eamon McAnaney reports on the state of basketball in New York City, which may be losing its claim as the epicenter of hoops talent. 

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Michelle Yu catches up with all of the top prospects heading into Thursday night's NBA draft in Brooklyn.

Michelle Yu catches up with all of the top prospects heading into Thursday night's NBA draft in Brooklyn. 

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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)

Two days before the NBA draft, the Nets acquired D'Angelo Russell and Timofey Mozgov from the Lakers

Elsewhere, the Mets are pounded by the Dodgers, the Yankees' losing streak hits seven and the Knicks are reportedly mulling dealing Kristaps Porzingis

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The Nets are trading Brook Lopez and their 27th overall pick to the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday in exchange for Tim Mozgov and D'Angelo Russell, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo.com, citing sources.

In 54 games this past season for the Lakers, Mozgov averaged 7.4 points per game, while D'Angelo Russell averaged 15.6 points, 4.8 assists, and 3.5 rebounds per game. 

Lopez played eight seasons for the Nets, who drafted him 10th overall in 2008. 

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Brooklyn Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov addresses media during a press conference before the Brooklyn Nets play the Atlanta Hawks at Barclays Center. (Noah K. Murray)
Brooklyn Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov addresses media during a press conference before the Brooklyn Nets play the Atlanta Hawks at Barclays Center. (Noah K. Murray)

The Nets are reportedly looking to deal away their No. 22 and No. 27 picks to move up in the NBA Draft, per Basketball Insiders' Michael Scotto.

Finishing with a league-worst 20-62 record last season, the Nets don't have a high draft pick because of their infamous trade with the Boston Celtics in July 2013. 

DraftExpress.com have the Nets targeting a frontcourt player as F D.J. Wilson i set to be picked with their No. 22 pick, and C Anzejs Pasecniks with their No. 27 pick. 

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 (Reese Strickland)
(Reese Strickland)

The Nets have hosted numerous prospects heading into the NBA draft, including top guards Jawun Evans and Terrance Ferguson, per NY Post's Brian Lewis. 

An Oklahoma State product, Evans stands at just 6-foot-1, and though the NBA doesn't normally translate well with short guards, he uses inspiration from players like Chris Paul and Isaiah Thomas boost his confidence. 

"It just means great things to me, how great those guys [are]: Chris Paul, Isaiah Thomas, just seeing the big roles they play for their teams," Evans said. "So I feel like I can come in, develop that and hopefully one day I'll be as good as them."

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 (Bob Rosato)
(Bob Rosato)

The Nets reportedly hired Sasa Obradovic, who will join the Nets' coaching staff at the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas next month, according to NY Post's Brian Lewis. 

The addition of Obradovic suggests that the Nets are all-in on Serbian free-agent, PG Milos Teodosic. Obradovic coached Teodosic on the Serbian national team in the 2016 Olympics where Serbia received a silver medal. 

Teodosic tallied 18 points and six assists against the United States in that game, going up against two of the NBA's best point guards in Kyrie Irving and Kyle Lowry

U.S. coach Mike Krzyzewski said Teodosic is "as good of a player, and as good of a guard, as there is in Europe. I love him. We're friends."

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JRSportBrief: Warrior perfection 00:01:31
In the latest installment of JRSportBrief on SNY.tv, JR explains why NBA fans should get used to the Warriors' winning ways.

In the latest installment of JRSportBrief on SNY.tv, JR explains why NBA fans should get used to the Warriors' winning ways.

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JRSportBrief: NYC tough? 00:01:16
In the latest installment of JRSportBrief on SNY.tv, JR debates the merits of New York City as the toughest town to play for athletes.

In the latest installment of JRSportBrief on SNY.tv, JR debates the merits of New York City as the toughest town to play for athletes. 

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Brooklyn Nets point guard Jeremy Lin shoots a 3-pointer during a game against the Orlando Magic at Amway Center. (Jeff Griffith/USA TODAY Sports)
Brooklyn Nets point guard Jeremy Lin shoots a 3-pointer during a game against the Orlando Magic at Amway Center. (Jeff Griffith/USA TODAY Sports)

Nets guard Jeremy Lin believes Brooklyn, which finished with the worst record in the NBA this season, could make the playoffs next year if the team stays healthy.

"I hope we can be very healthy next year. I feel we can get into the playoffs," Lin said in an interview with JD.com (via SLAM) that was translated by a Reddit user. "If we didn't get injured this year… I mean, I only played 24 minutes a game this year. If I could play more of if I didn't get injured, I feel we have a chance of getting into the playoffs."

Lin averaged 14.5 points, 5.1 assists and 3.8 rebounds in 36 games with Brooklyn last season, missing extended periods of time due to various ankle and hamstring injuries.

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Brooklyn Nets GM Sean Marks (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
Brooklyn Nets GM Sean Marks (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

The Celtics landed the first overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft (June 22) from the Brooklyn Nets. 

The Nets gave up three first round picks in a trade with the Boston Celtics that helped them acquire Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce, among others. The Celtics will have the Nets' 2018 first round pick in addition to this year's selection. 

The Celtics beat the Wizards in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals on Monday night. They will face off with the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference Finals, but will still have the number one overall pick.

Meanwhile, the Nets finished the 2016-17 season with a 20-62 record. Kenny Atkinson was in his first year as head coach of the team. 

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 (Kelly Kline)
(Kelly Kline)

NBA prospect Hamidou Diallo said he met with the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday at the NBA Combine, according to Michael Scotto of Basketball Insiders.

Brooklyn was one of ten teams to meet the 18-year-old guard.

Diallo's 44 1/2 inch max vertical at the scouting cambine marked the second-highest in history, according to ESPN Basketball Insider Jeff Goodman.

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Apr 12, 2017; Chicago, IL, USA; Brooklyn Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson reacts during the first half against the Chicago Bulls at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports (Mike Dinovo)
Apr 12, 2017; Chicago, IL, USA; Brooklyn Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson reacts during the first half against the Chicago Bulls at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports (Mike Dinovo)

Former NBA Commissioner David Stern said he had "no idea" what Brooklyn Nets executives were thinking when the team rested Brook Lopez, Jeremy Lin, and Trevor Booker in their season-ending 112-73 loss to the Chicago Bulls.

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Brooklyn Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov addresses media during a press conference before the Brooklyn Nets play the Atlanta Hawks at Barclays Center. (Noah K. Murray)
Brooklyn Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov addresses media during a press conference before the Brooklyn Nets play the Atlanta Hawks at Barclays Center. (Noah K. Murray)

MOSCOW (AP) - Brooklyn Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov has told Russian media he's selling a 49 percent stake in the NBA club.

The Russian billionaire announced his intention to sell a minority stake in December, and now says "49 percent of the Brooklyn shares are up for sale," in comments reported by R-Sport.

He adds that "currently the process is going on and we are looking for a buyer."

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GEICO SportsNite: Nets offseason 00:00:46
Brooklyn Nets GM Sean Marks talks about evaluating the roster during the offseason after his team finished last in the Eastern Conference.

Brooklyn Nets GM Sean Marks (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
Brooklyn Nets GM Sean Marks (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

Brooklyn Nets GM Sean Marks said he wants the organization and its fans to be patient with its goal of making the playoffs after finishing with the NBA's worst record this season.

"We're going to have to build this strategically, have patience with it," Marks told Newsday's Greg Logan at an end-of-season press conference on Monday, "... We're going to have a big-picture view on this looking down the road."

The Nets will swap their first-round pick this season with the Boston Celtics, who earned the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference, and also traded their 2018 first-round pick to the Celtics as part of the Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce trade from 2013.

Marks, who had been a San Antonio Spurs assistant GM for two years before becoming Nets GM last February, said the team will explore all options.

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GEICO SportsNite: Nets 00:01:38
Brooklyn Nets players recap a season that ended on an optimistic note despite a league-worst 20-62 record.

Apr 12, 2017; Chicago, IL, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (24) dribbles the ball against Chicago Bulls guard Rajon Rondo (9) during the first half at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 12, 2017; Chicago, IL, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (24) dribbles the ball against Chicago Bulls guard Rajon Rondo (9) during the first half at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

Jimmy Butler scored 25 points, and the Chicago Bulls beat the depleted Brooklyn Nets 112-73 in the regular-season finale to clinch an Eastern Conference playoff spot on Wednesday.

Paul Zipser added a career-high 21 points off the bench as Chicago took advantage of a short-handed Brooklyn lineup to secure its first playoff appearance under coach Fred Hoiberg.

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Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez battles with Boston Celtics center Al Horford for the tip off during the first quarter at TD Garden. (Greg M. Cooper/USA TODAY Sports)
Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez battles with Boston Celtics center Al Horford for the tip off during the first quarter at TD Garden. (Greg M. Cooper/USA TODAY Sports)

Isaiah Thomas scored 27 points to help the Boston Celtics beat back a fourth-quarter charge and defeat the Brooklyn Nets 114-105 on Monday night to keep alive their hopes of securing the Eastern Conference's top seed.

The Celtics clinched the Atlantic Division title and can finish with no worse than the No. 2 seed.

Al Horford added 19 points and eight rebounds.

Tags: Brook Lopez, Boston Celtics, Jeremy Lin
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Brooklyn Nets forward Brook Lopez (Raj Mehta/USA TODAY Sports)
Brooklyn Nets forward Brook Lopez (Raj Mehta/USA TODAY Sports)

Brooklyn Nets forward Brook Lopez became the franchise's all-time leading scorer in Monday's game against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden.

Lopez scored 25 points in a 114-105 loss to end his night with 10,444 career points, passing Buck Williams, who scored 10,440 points in his Nets career. Lopez passed Williams with a fadeaway jumper late in the fourth quarter.

With one game remaining in the 2016-17 season, Lopez, 29, has averaged 20.5 points and 5.3 rebounds per game.

 

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