On Wednesday night, the Nets defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves by a final score of 91-83.

The Skinny: Joe Johnson and Brook Lopez combined to score the first 18 Nets’ points. The Timberwolves had more turnovers than points five minutes into the game, allowing the Nets to start the contest on a 14-2 run. Brooklyn led by as many as 12 but cooled off a bit, leading by seven after one.

Minnesota’s second unit infused the team with energy and cut the Nets’ lead to one in the opening minutes of the second quarter. After settling in, Andray Blatche and the “Bench Mob” finally found their offensive groove, giving the Nets a nine-point lead. Deron Williams and Minnesota’s Chris Johnson kept the offensive pace going, with Williams scoring nine straight Nets’ points late in the quarter. Brooklyn increased its lead to 11 at the break.

The Nets went up 14 to start the second half, but the Timberwolves chipped away as part of a 10-1 run to get back within five. Brooklyn didn’t hit on a field goal for a five-minute stretch, but Lopez provided a spark of offense to help the Nets go back up nine. Minnesota again made another small run to trail by just six after three.

It was a two-point game early in the fourth, but nine straight points from C.J. Watson gave the Nets some breathing room. A 6-0 Timberwolves run got the game back within three, but Joe Johnson hit a three-pointer on cue to put the Nets back up six. Deron Williams added a dagger three-pointer several possessions later to put the Nets up 10 to ice the game.

High Scorers: Lopez led all scorers with 22 points on 10-of-16 from the field and grabbed seven rebounds. For the Timberwolves, Andrei Kirilenko led the way with 15 points on 6-of-10 shooting.

Key Stats: The stats categories for the teams looked awfully similar except for one category: rebounding. The Nets held a 45-37 advantage on the boards, including a 14-6 lead on the offensive glass.

Who Was Hot: Joe Johnson and Deron Williams each scored 18 points. Watson was clutch in the fourth quarter and finished with 14 points on 6-of-8 from the field. Dante Cunningham and Chris Johnson combined for 12-of-23 shooting and 26 points off the bench for the Timberwolves.

Who Was Not: Keith Bogans and Jerry Stackhouse – normally sharpshooters from the outside – were a combined 0-of-7 from the field. Greg Steimsma had more fouls (three) than points (two) and had a -11 rating for the game.

Fun Fact: Brooklyn has held 27 of their first 44 opponents under 100 points in regulation and is 22-5 in those games. Additionally, the Nets are 15-1 when holding an opponent under 90 points this season.

The Timberwolves gave the Brooklyn Nets their first loss since the move from New Jersey by overcoming a 22-point lead Nov. 5.

Nets’ players said before the game that they were looking to avenge that loss. But it definitely wasn’t that easy in this one, even with Minnesota playing severely shorthanded.

Though the Nets never trailed, they almost blew leads of 12 and 14 points. Another poor third quarter (6-of-20 shooting for 15 points) is troubling. Luckily, the Timberwolves – the worst scoring team in third quarters this season at 21.7 points per game – only managed 20 points in the frame.

Despite some lapses, the Nets started off the second half with a win, which is the most important takeaway from this game. It marks the first win in Minnesota since November, 2002 – ending a stretch of eight straight losses.

The “Big Three” of Lopez, Williams and Johnson willed the team to this victory. Lopez keeps showing why he’s deserving of an All-Star selection, which will be announced Thursday evening.

Brooklyn (26-16) heads to Memphis to take on the Grizzlies Friday night. The 8 p.m. game will be televised on the YES Network.

Jim Mancari is a Contributor to SNYNets.com. Follow him on Twitter @JMMancari.

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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 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)
(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)
(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)

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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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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