Nov 29, 2017; Dallas, TX, USA; Brooklyn Nets center Jarrett Allen (31) dunks during the second half against the Brooklyn Nets at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports  (Kevin Jairaj)
Nov 29, 2017; Dallas, TX, USA; Brooklyn Nets center Jarrett Allen (31) dunks during the second half against the Brooklyn Nets at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports (Kevin Jairaj)

NEW YORK -- The overall picture shows some porous defensive numbers for the Brooklyn Nets. A closer look at recent results demonstrates some improvements, though.

Brooklyn's defense will face a stiff challenge trying to contain Kristaps Porzingis Thursday night when it hosts the New York Knicks.

Brooklyn is allowing 110.6 points per game, which ranks as among the worst in the league. The Nets are a middle of the pack team in opponent's field goal percentage at 45.3 percent and are above average at defending the 3-pointer at 35.6 percent.

The improvement is appearing in the last eight games since a 127-125 loss to Portland on Nov. 24. The Nets are 5-3 since, allowing 100.9 points per game, 43.1 percent from the field and 32.3 percent from 3-point range, lowering their defensive rating to 108.4, which is slightly below the league average.

"It's just pride, really. It comes from within," Brooklyn guard Allen Crabbe said after capping a 3 of 15 showing by hitting the go-ahead 3-pointer with 44 seconds left in Tuesday's 103-98 win over Washington. "You can't teach defense, really. It's all effort. And I feel like guys are buying in. and then when you get stops and get out on the break you open up a lot of things." << Read more

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NEW YORK -- The overall picture shows some porous defensive numbers for the Brooklyn Nets. A closer look at recent results demonstrates some improvements, though.

Brooklyn's defense will face a stiff challenge trying to contain Kristaps Porzingis Thursday night when it hosts the New York Knicks.

Brooklyn is allowing 110.6 points per game, which ranks as among the worst in the league. The Nets are a middle of the pack team in opponent's field goal percentage at 45.3 percent and are above average at defending the 3-pointer at 35.6 percent.

The improvement is appearing in the last eight games since a 127-125 loss to Portland on Nov. 24. The Nets are 5-3 since, allowing 100.9 points per game, 43.1 percent from the field and 32.3 percent from 3-point range, lowering their defensive rating to 108.4, which is slightly below the league average.

"It's just pride, really. It comes from within," Brooklyn guard Allen Crabbe said after capping a 3 of 15 showing by hitting the go-ahead 3-pointer with 44 seconds left in Tuesday's 103-98 win over Washington. "You can't teach defense, really. It's all effort. And I feel like guys are buying in. and then when you get stops and get out on the break you open up a lot of things." << Read more

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Mar 11, 2018; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Nuggets forward Richard Jefferson (22) in the first quarter against the Sacramento Kings at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)
Mar 11, 2018; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Nuggets forward Richard Jefferson (22) in the first quarter against the Sacramento Kings at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)

Richard Jefferson took to Instagram on Saturday to announce his "decision to move on from basketball" after 17 seasons, including seven with the Nets.

In his Instagram post, the 38-year-old described a rocky two-month period during which he not only decided to retire from the NBA but also dealt with the tragic death of his father.

Jefferson's most formidable years came with the then-New Jersey Nets as he helped the team reach the NBA finals in 2002-03 and the Eastern Conference Semifinals in 2003-04.

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Apr 7, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; Brooklyn Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson yells to his team against the Chicago Bulls during the first half at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports (Kamil Krzaczynski)
Apr 7, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; Brooklyn Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson yells to his team against the Chicago Bulls during the first half at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports (Kamil Krzaczynski)

The Nets have signed forward Drew Gordon just days after he played with the team in a preseason game.

Gordon, who played in the team's game against the Raptors on Oct. 10, originally signed with the Nets in August.

He spent last season playing in Russia with BC Zenit Saint Petersburg and averaged 11.1 points and 6.7 rebounds in 21 games, including 13 starts.

 

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Oct 12, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Tim Hardaway Jr. (3) dribbles the ball while being defended by Brooklyn Nets guard Caris LeVert (22) during the first half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Oct 12, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Tim Hardaway Jr. (3) dribbles the ball while being defended by Brooklyn Nets guard Caris LeVert (22) during the first half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

D'Angelo Russell scored a team-high 18 points and had seven assists to help carry his team to a 113-107 win over the Knicks in a preseason game on Friday night at Madison Square Garden. >> Box score

The Nets turned in a well-rounded effort, as Joe Harris and Spencer Dinwiddie each chipped in 16 points while Caris LeVert scored 12 points on four three-pointers.

The Knicks fell behind by 14 points at the end of the half, but fought back in the second half as they outscored the Nets in the fourth quarter by seven points. Tim Hardaway Jr. was leading his team in minutes and points when he left the game with a sprained wrist. He finished with 18 points in 26:02 minutes.

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Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)
Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)

Nets PG Spencer Dinwiddie thinks he should have won the Most Improved Player award last season over Victor Oladipo and Clint Capela, and he didn't mince words when making his point. 

"There's no way I shouldn't have won that," he said in an interview with the YES Network. Vic (Oladipo) had great years for four years, had one down year, then had a great, like an even better year, and they were like, 'Ah man, look, he played bad one year and then he played well.' Clint Capela played very well, but at the same time, through the dynamics of his team, he kinda got to come in and do his job. He excelled at it very much, but he got to do his job. Whereas if you look at [my] story, I was cast aside; I was in the D-League. I came in on Brooklyn, I wasn't supposed to play last year. We had [Jeremy Lin] and [D'Angelo Russell], they both got hurt. After that, obviously I had a nice run. The numbers were off the charts. You're talking about advanced analytics and everything. I was getting to the rim and creating points in efficiency on par with James Harden. There's no way I shouldn't have won that. You don't go from the D-League to just sub-All-Star-level point guard in 50 games.

While he's irked about the award he didn't get, he's looking forward to the season and has hope that the Nets can make the playoffs...

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(David Butler II)

Allen Crabbe missed Wednesday's game against the Raptors with a mild ankle sprain he suffered in the Nets' game against the Pistons on on Monday.

Coach Kenny Atkinson said it is a possiblity that Crabbe could play on Friday, but that it is not likely.

"It's a mild sprain: That's the diagnosis," said Nets coach Kenny Atkinson, per the New York Post. "I don't anticipate him playing Friday [versus the Knicks]," Kennty Atkinson said.

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Oct 10, 2018; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Brooklyn Nets guard Caris LeVert (22) dunks the ball during the first quarter against the Toronto Raptors at the Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Bolte)
Oct 10, 2018; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Brooklyn Nets guard Caris LeVert (22) dunks the ball during the first quarter against the Toronto Raptors at the Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Bolte)

The Nets built an eight-point lead after the first quarter, but the Raptors clawed back and took control in the third quarter en route to a 118-91 win in a preseason game on Wednesday night in Montreal. >> Box score

Brooklyn's Jarrett Allen scored a game-high 26 points to go along with six rebounds and a pair of steals, while D'Angelo Russell scored 18 points and Caris LeVert chipped in 14. 

Rodions Kurucs grabbed seven rebounds, including five in the first quarter alone, and Spencer Dinwiddie had eight assists and six rebounds for the Nets.

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Oct 3, 2018; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard D'Angelo Russell (1) dribbles the ball while being defended by New York Knicks guard Trey Burke (23) during the first half of a preseason game at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Oct 3, 2018; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard D'Angelo Russell (1) dribbles the ball while being defended by New York Knicks guard Trey Burke (23) during the first half of a preseason game at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

As part of the NBA Canada series, the Nets and Raptors will face off in a preseason matchup in Montreal on Wednesday night at 7 p.m.

The Nets are looking to bounce back after suffering a 110-108 overtime loss on Monday night against the Pistons. Newcomer Kenneth Faried is expected to make his Nets preseason debut after missing the first two contests due to injury.

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Oct 31, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Caris LeVert (22) drives to the basket against Phoenix Suns guard Mike James (55) during the first half at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Oct 31, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Caris LeVert (22) drives to the basket against Phoenix Suns guard Mike James (55) during the first half at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Caris LeVert led the Nets with 15 points, but they dropped their matchup against the Knicks, 107-102, in Brooklyn. >> Box score 

LeVert also collected a team-high four steals with two assists on his stat sheet as well. 

Spencer Dinwiddie and Rodions Kurucs had 13 points apiece, while D'Angelo Russell dropped 11 points with three rebounds and three assists. 

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Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie (8) drives against Minnesota Timberwolves guard Jeff Teague (0) in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King) (AP)
Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie (8) drives against Minnesota Timberwolves guard Jeff Teague (0) in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King) (AP)

Nets PG Spencer Dinwiddie considers the progress he made last season only a "half step" forward -- and he's hungry for more.

The 25-year-old Dinwiddie, who posted career high numbers in numerous categories and won the Skills Challenge, is striving to accomplish more as an indiviual and wants to see his team improve as well.

"I was happy, clearly, but I wasn't doing what I wanted to do or feel like I could do or everything I was capable," Dinwiddie said, according to the Nets' website. "It felt more like a half step than a whole step. You know, we still lost games, I still could have been more efficient offensively with my own shooting, and we didn't make the playoffs. All those things. So in my head as a player there's all these milestones still to reach that I feel like we're capable, one individually and then two, as a unit to do."

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Mar 19, 2018; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard D&#226;&#128;&#153;Angelo Russell (1) reacts against the Memphis Grizzlies in the fourth quarter at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Nicole Sweet-USA TODAY Sports (Nicole Sweet)
Mar 19, 2018; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard D&#226;&#128;&#153;Angelo Russell (1) reacts against the Memphis Grizzlies in the fourth quarter at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Nicole Sweet-USA TODAY Sports (Nicole Sweet)

With training camps underway across the NBA, ESPN released their latest power rankings. And the Nets are near the bottom of the heap. 

The group of more than 40 reporters, insiders and editors positioned the Nets at No. 23 heading into the new season.

The Nets did a little spending this offseason, adding Kenneth Faried, Jared Dudley, and Shabazz Napier to name a few. They also bring in Dzanan Musa and Roions Kurucs in the Draft...

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Apr 15, 2018; Houston, TX, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves guard Jimmy Butler (23) dribbles the ball in game one of the first round of the 2018 NBA Playoffs against the Houston Rockets at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports (Troy Taormina)
Apr 15, 2018; Houston, TX, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves guard Jimmy Butler (23) dribbles the ball in game one of the first round of the 2018 NBA Playoffs against the Houston Rockets at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports (Troy Taormina)

Jimmy Butler, who has been unhappy with his situation in Minnesota, has requested a trade, reports Shams Charania of The Athletic, with Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reporting the Nets, Knicks, and Clippers are Butler's preferred destinations -- and places he would sign an extension. 

Darren Wolfson reported in July that Butler turned down a 4-year, $110 million contract extension with the Timberwolves.

The 29-year-old Butler is set -- for now -- to become a free agent after the 2018-19 season, with the latest twist obviously throwing a wrench in the idea that he'll reach free agency...

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In 2004, the Knicks were back in the playoffs and led by Stephon Marbury. But New York's point guard was no match for New Jersey's, as Jason Kidd and the Nets authored a tidy four-game sweep. (AP)
In 2004, the Knicks were back in the playoffs and led by Stephon Marbury. But New York's point guard was no match for New Jersey's, as Jason Kidd and the Nets authored a tidy four-game sweep. (AP)

On Friday night, former Nets PG Jason Kidd will be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. And the hall will be getting one of their best floor generals of all time enshrined forever. 

Kidd will enter the hall with the second-most assists in NBA history with 12,091, and he dished them out in almost every way possible. So, it is only right that we honor all those assists with some of the best dimes of his career...

The Bounce Pass

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Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie goes to the basket against New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis during overtime at Barclays Center. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)
Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie goes to the basket against New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis during overtime at Barclays Center. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)

Nets G Spencer Dinwiddie has been guaranteed a $1.65 million salary for the upcoming season, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, citing sources.

Dinwiddie, 25, played 80 games last season during what was his best season, by far. He averaged a career-high 12.6 points, 6.6 assists, and 3.2 rebounds per game. It was his second season with the Nets after spending his first two NBA seasons with the Pistons.

Dinwiddie responded to the news via Twitter, calling it a "blessing."

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New York Knicks center Enes Kanter and guard Courtney Lee defend against Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie during the first half at Madison Square Garden. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks center Enes Kanter and guard Courtney Lee defend against Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie during the first half at Madison Square Garden. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)

After Metta World Peace predicted the Knicks would make the Eastern Conference Finals, the Nets' Spencer Dinwiddie expressed his displeasure by saying they weren't even the best team in the state.

And Knicks center Enes Kanter wasn't happy with that.

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Jan 8, 2018; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets small forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (24) shoots against Toronto Raptors power forward Serge Ibaka (9) during overtime at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jan 8, 2018; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets small forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (24) shoots against Toronto Raptors power forward Serge Ibaka (9) during overtime at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Nets small forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson suffered a left adductor strain on Saturday during Jeremy Lin's exhibition game in China, the team announced.

Hollis-Jefferson, who will begin rehab immediately, was participating in the 2018 Jeremy Lin All-Star game alongside teammate Spencer Dinwiddie when he injured himself on a dunk attempt, according to Nets Daily.

The recovery time for Hollis-Jefferson's injury was not immediately clear.

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(Kirby Lee)

NBA commissioner Adam Silver announced Monday the league has found an official sports betting partner in MGM Resorts International. 

In this deal, MGM will have the rights to use NBA highlights, names, logos and it's direct data feed. According to ESPN, the deal is worth at least $25 million over three years. 

"Let's take advantage of this opportunity and do something historic," Silver said, referencing the conversation he had with MGM's CEO James Murren before the deal was eventually struck. "And that is to enter into the first commercial partnership between a gaming establishment and the NBA."

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Mar 22, 2018; Charlotte, NC, USA; Charlotte Hornets guard forward Treveon Graham (21) warms up before the game against the Memphis Grizzlies the Spectrum Center. Mandatory Credit: Sam Sharpe-USA TODAY Sports (Sam Sharpe)
Mar 22, 2018; Charlotte, NC, USA; Charlotte Hornets guard forward Treveon Graham (21) warms up before the game against the Memphis Grizzlies the Spectrum Center. Mandatory Credit: Sam Sharpe-USA TODAY Sports (Sam Sharpe)

The Nets have signed Small Forward Treveon Graham to a two year deal according to the team's website. Graham went undrafted in the 2015 NBA Draft.

After four years at Virginia Commonwealth, he spent his first NBA season in the G League with Idaho Stampede. In his only G-League season, he averaged 15.7 points and 6.1 rebounds per game. 

The past two seasons have been promising for the 24 year old three and D specialist. Graham spent most of his first year on the bench averaging 7.0 minutes per game as well as 2.1 points.

 

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New York Knicks center Enes Kanter (00) in the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) (David Zalubowski/AP)
New York Knicks center Enes Kanter (00) in the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) (David Zalubowski/AP)

Enes Kanter and Jared Dudley engaged on Twitter on Wednesday, months after they were involved in a feud that originated during a game and spilled onto Twitter.

The issue stems from a January game when Devin Booker of the Suns shoved Kanter in the back, leading to Booker's ejection.

Kanter tweeted a photoshopped image after the game of Booker holding an "L" on the court. 

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Phoenix Suns forward Jared Dudley goes to the basket ahead of Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant during the second quarter at Talking Stick Resort Arena. (Orlando Ramirez/USA TODAY Sports)
Phoenix Suns forward Jared Dudley goes to the basket ahead of Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant during the second quarter at Talking Stick Resort Arena. (Orlando Ramirez/USA TODAY Sports)

The Nets traded Darrell Arthur to the Phoenix Suns for Jared Dudley and a 2021 second-round pick, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

Dudley, 33, has one year and $9.5 million remaining on his three-year, $30 million deal he signed in 2016. Last season, he averaged just 3.2 points and 2.0 rebounds in 48 games.

The 30-year-old Arthur was involved in last week's trade that sent Jeremy Lin to Denver and Kenneth Faried to Brooklyn. He averaged 2.8 points in 19 games for the Nuggets last season.

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Dec 12, 2017; Dallas, TX, USA; San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard (2) in action during the game against the Dallas Mavericks at the American Airlines Center. The Mavericks defeat the Spurs 95-89. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports (Jerome Miron)
Dec 12, 2017; Dallas, TX, USA; San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard (2) in action during the game against the Dallas Mavericks at the American Airlines Center. The Mavericks defeat the Spurs 95-89. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports (Jerome Miron)

There have been rumors aplenty about where recently-traded Raptors F Kawhi Leonard could head in free agency in 2019, including New York a possibility. Many assumed that could only mean the Knicks.

Well, there might be another New York team with a chance at Leonard.

Toronto Star's Bruce Arthur said on the "Back to Back" podcast that Leonard is talking to other potential free agents about teaming up. One of those potential destinations could be Brooklyn, with the Nets wielding cap space next summer...

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The Nets have signed G Shabazz Napier to a two-year deal, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN. 

Napier, 27, averaged 8.7 points and 2.0 assists in 20.7 minutes per game for the Trail Blazers last season. 

The Trail Blazers chose not to offer Napier a qualifying offer, clearing the path for the Nets to sign him. 

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Jeremy Lin (Anthony Gruppuso/USA TODAY Sports)
Jeremy Lin (Anthony Gruppuso/USA TODAY Sports)

The Nets traded guard Jeremy Lin to the Atlanta Hawks in a deal involving several second-round picks and the rights to an international player who has yet to transition to the NBA, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reports.

Brooklyn will acquire Portland's 2020 second-round pick and the rights to Isaia Cordinier, a 2016 second-round pick from France, in exchange for Lin, a 2025 second-round pick and the right to swap picks in 2023.

Lin only played in 37 games in two seasons with the Nets in the past two seasons, including just one last season. His Brooklyn tenure mired by injury, he averaged 14.6 points and 5.1 assists the past two seasons.

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Denver Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried and New Orleans Pelicans center DeMarcus Cousins battle for a rebound during the second quarter at the Smoothie King Center. (Derick E. Hingle/USA TODAY Sports)
Denver Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried and New Orleans Pelicans center DeMarcus Cousins battle for a rebound during the second quarter at the Smoothie King Center. (Derick E. Hingle/USA TODAY Sports)

On the same night as they traded Jeremy Lin to the Atlanta Hawks, the Nets acquired forwards Kenneth Faried and Darrell Arthur, and two draft picks from the Denver Nuggets, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

Brooklyn will receive Denver's top-12 protected first-round pick in 2019 and an unprotected second-round pick in 2020, as the Nets take on approximately $21 million in salary for the 2018-19 season.

The Nets dealt guard Isaiah Whitehead, a 23-year-old guard who averaged 6.3 points in 16 games last season, to Denver, which will reportedly waive him upon the trade being completed, according to Wojnarowski.

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Oklahoma City Thunder forward Carmelo Anthony against the New Orleans Pelicans before tip off of a game at the Smoothie King Center. (Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports)
Oklahoma City Thunder forward Carmelo Anthony against the New Orleans Pelicans before tip off of a game at the Smoothie King Center. (Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports)

Carmelo Anthony might be headed back to New York; however, not with the Knicks. According to SirusXMNBA Radio's Mitch Lawrence, the Thunder are hoping to trade Melo to the Nets for some sort of return rather than buying his contract out.

The package would include Jeremy Lin for Carmelo and a package of draft picks. The only problem with this idea is that the salaries of Lin and Anthony do not match up. 

The Nets would have to add another contract to balance the astounding $27.9 million deal that Carmelo signed with the Knicks in 2012. The two contracts that could be packaged with Lin would be either SF Demarre Carroll who makes $15.4 million next year or SF Allen Crabbe who is slated to make $18.5 million. Both contracts are expiring. 

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Mar 28, 2018; Charlotte, NC, USA; Charlotte Hornets forward center Dwight Howard (12) reacts to a foul call during the first half against the Cleveland Cavaliers at the Spectrum Center. Mandatory Credit: Sam Sharpe-USA TODAY Sports (Sam Sharpe)
Mar 28, 2018; Charlotte, NC, USA; Charlotte Hornets forward center Dwight Howard (12) reacts to a foul call during the first half against the Cleveland Cavaliers at the Spectrum Center. Mandatory Credit: Sam Sharpe-USA TODAY Sports (Sam Sharpe)

The Nets have finalized a buyout of Dwight Howard's contract, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

The buyout allows Howard to sign a two-year deal with the Wizards, sources told ESPN. According to Tim Bontemps of The Washington Post, Howard will not clear waivers until Monday.

Shortly after trading for the eight-time All-Star, Howard requested one, according to Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports.

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Dallas Mavericks forward Ding Yanyuhang (Stephen R. Sylvanie/USA TODAY Sports)
Dallas Mavericks forward Ding Yanyuhang (Stephen R. Sylvanie/USA TODAY Sports)

The Nets hope Chinese basketball star Ding Yanyuhang will play with the team in the summer league after he practiced earlier this week.

"A lot of guys, we'll wait and see to make that determination," Nets assistant Jacque Vaughn told the New York Post's Brian Lewis. "We'll sit down as a group and come together and see what's best for all those guys."

Yanyuhang, 24, is a 6-foot-7, 200-pound small forward who won back-to-back MVPs in the Chinese Basketball Association. He averaged 26 points and 5.2 rebounds in 45 games for Shandon last season.

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Jun 21, 2018; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Dzanan Musa greets NBA commissioner Adam Silver after being selected as the number twenty-nine overall pick to the Brooklyn Nets in the first round of the 2018 NBA Draft at the Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jun 21, 2018; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Dzanan Musa greets NBA commissioner Adam Silver after being selected as the number twenty-nine overall pick to the Brooklyn Nets in the first round of the 2018 NBA Draft at the Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Nets selected F Dzanan Musa with the No. 29 pick in the NBA Draft.

Musa, 19, is from Bosnia and Herzegovina and plays for Cedevita in Croatia. He averaged 12.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game this season. He shot 54.5 percent from the field and 31.9 percent from three.

Musa is listed at 6-foot-9, 185 pounds and turned pro at 16-years-old. He is described as a gifted scorer and a "potential defensive liability" by The Ringer.

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The Nets selected Latvian small forward Rodions Kurucs with the No. 40 overall selection in the 2018 NBA Draft.

Kurucs has spent the last three seasons playing professionally in Spain with FC Barcelona. Kurucs, 20, originally declared for the draft last season but withdrew his name from consideration. 

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Mar 21, 2018; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Charlotte Hornets center Dwight Howard (12) reacts against Brooklyn Nets guard Allen Crabbe (33) and forward Quincy Acy (13) in the fourth quarter at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Nicole Sweet-USA TODAY Sports (Nicole Sweet)
Mar 21, 2018; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Charlotte Hornets center Dwight Howard (12) reacts against Brooklyn Nets guard Allen Crabbe (33) and forward Quincy Acy (13) in the fourth quarter at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Nicole Sweet-USA TODAY Sports (Nicole Sweet)

The Nets and Hornets are finalizing a deal that will bring Dwight Howard to Brooklyn, with Timofey Mozgov heading to Charlotte, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN

The Nets will also be sending two future second-round picks and cash to Charlotte, says Wojnarowski, who notes deal will save the Nets $17 million in 2019-20, which will allow them to sign two max-salary players if they choose. Howard, 32, will make $23.8 million this season, after which he will be an unrestricted free agent.

Henry Carr, SNY.tv: The addition of Howard brings a veteran presence to a young frontcourt. Whether or not the Nets retain Jahlil Okafor, the acquisition of the former three-time Defensive Player of the Year will help with the development of Jarrett Allen...

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Brooklyn Nets center Timofey Mozgov, guard D'Angelo Russell and center Jarrett Allen look on during the second half against the Sacramento Kings at Golden 1 Center. (Sergio Estrada/USA TODAY Sports)
Brooklyn Nets center Timofey Mozgov, guard D'Angelo Russell and center Jarrett Allen look on during the second half against the Sacramento Kings at Golden 1 Center. (Sergio Estrada/USA TODAY Sports)

Nets center Timofey Mozgov criticzed head coach Kenny Atkinson multiple times when talking to reporters this month.

Mozgov said Atkinson, who has coached the Nets to a 48-116 record in two years since taking over, tried talking to him about his displeasure with the Nets' losing and his lack of playing time, but said he was not pleased with the response.

"I tried to speak to Atkinson but he was not able to give me answer," Mozgov told a Russian media outlet 10 days ago, according to SB Nation. "Anyway I'm confident. Just want to play for Brooklyn or any other NBA team. ... I tried to talk to him, but I did not succeed in drawing out something intelligible."

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Eric Chemi of CNBC joins Daily News Live to discuss the legalization of sports gambling and the ramifications of this newly amended bill.

The United States Supreme Court struck down a 25-year old law on Monday that had basically prevented all states except Nevada from having legalized sports gambling. "The legalization of sports gambling requires an important policy choice, but the choice is not ours to make," the Supreme Court announced. "Congress can regulate sports gambling directly, but if it elects not to do so, each State is free to act on its own."

The ruling was an enormous immediate victory for the state of New Jersey, which could have a gambling venue open in Monmouth Park within a few weeks, according to the NY Post. There will be a press conference in Monmouth Park Monday at 1 p.m. Aside from New Jersey, The Post notes that New York and Illinois are among roughly 15 other states who have "introduced bills to legalize and regulate sports betting tied to the Supreme Court outcome." 

The NBA and MLB have been preparing for Monday's potential outcome, reports Brian Windhorst of ESPN, who said each league had hired lobbying firms, submitted written statements, and sent executives to testify in statehouses. Windhorts added that every professional sports league had been involved, with the NBA and MLB at the forefront...

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Mar 25, 2018; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets point guard D'Angelo Russell (1) drives against Cleveland Cavaliers point guard George Hill (3) during the fourth quarter at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Mar 25, 2018; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets point guard D'Angelo Russell (1) drives against Cleveland Cavaliers point guard George Hill (3) during the fourth quarter at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Nets G D'Angelo Russell summed up his first season in Brooklyn as "wavy" and "up and down" but believes he and the rest of the team can build upon the experience for next season.

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BOSTON (AP) Aron Baynes led a short-handed Boston lineup with a career-best 26 points and 14 rebounds, carrying the Celtics to a 110-97 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday night in the regular season finale.

Jonathan Gibson scored 18 points, Guerschon Yabusele had 16 and Shane Larkin added 12 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds for the Celtics (55-27).

Nik Stauskas scored 18 points for the Nets (28-54) who had their three-game winning streak snapped. Allen Crabbe had 16 points. >> Read More

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Mar 25, 2018; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets point guard D'Angelo Russell (1) drives against Cleveland Cavaliers point guard George Hill (3) during the fourth quarter at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Mar 25, 2018; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets point guard D'Angelo Russell (1) drives against Cleveland Cavaliers point guard George Hill (3) during the fourth quarter at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Celtics are 3-0 against Brooklyn this season, but the three wins have been by a total of 12 points -- and Irving was the leading scorer in each of the three games. >> Read more

"Things are maybe turning that corner that we wanted to get a little early in the season, but it's better late than never," Allen Crabbe said after his career-high 41 points led his team to a 114-105 win over the Chicago Bulls Monday night.

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Nets SG Allen Crabbe dropped a career-high 41 points to lead Brooklyn over the Bulls, 114-105, for their second straight win over Chicago. >> Box Score

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Mar 25, 2018; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets point guard D'Angelo Russell (1) drives against Cleveland Cavaliers point guard George Hill (3) during the fourth quarter at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Mar 25, 2018; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets point guard D'Angelo Russell (1) drives against Cleveland Cavaliers point guard George Hill (3) during the fourth quarter at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

NEW YORK -- The Brooklyn Nets often shoot 3-pointers but not necessarily at a record pace.

After making a franchise-record 24 3-pointers on Saturday, the Nets attempt to produce another good showing from behind the arc Monday night when they host the Chicago Bulls in the second game of a home-and-home set.

The Nets average 35.5 attempts from 3-point range and are making 35.6 percent of their attempts heading into their final home game. The Nets increased their percentage from behind the arc by making 24 of 55 in Saturday's 124-96 rout at Chicago. >> Read more

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Apr 7, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Quincy Acy (13) shoots against the Chicago Bulls during the second half at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports (Kamil Krzaczynski)
Apr 7, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Quincy Acy (13) shoots against the Chicago Bulls during the second half at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports (Kamil Krzaczynski)

The Nets set a new franchise record with 24 three-pointers in Saturday night's 124-96 win over the Bulls on Sunday.

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Apr 7, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Quincy Acy (13) smiles after scoring against the Chicago Bulls during the second half at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports (Kamil Krzaczynski)
Apr 7, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Quincy Acy (13) smiles after scoring against the Chicago Bulls during the second half at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports (Kamil Krzaczynski)

CHICAGO (AP) Quincy Acy helped the Brooklyn Nets set a franchise record with 24 3-pointers in a 124-96 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Saturday night.

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Mar 31, 2018; Miami, FL, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Caris LeVert (22) shoots the ball against the Miami Heat during the second half at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Mar 31, 2018; Miami, FL, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Caris LeVert (22) shoots the ball against the Miami Heat during the second half at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

CHICAGO - From a standings perspective, the Brooklyn Nets don't have much left to play for this season.

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Mar 13, 2018; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard D'Angelo Russell (1) goes to the basket against Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan (10) and center Jonas Valanciunas (17) during second half at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Mar 13, 2018; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard D'Angelo Russell (1) goes to the basket against Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan (10) and center Jonas Valanciunas (17) during second half at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

MILWAUKEE (AP) Allen Crabbe scored 25 points and hit two 3-pointers in the closing minutes of a tight game, and the Brooklyn Nets shot 48 percent from behind the arc to beat the Milwaukee Bucks 119-111 on Thursday night.

The sharpshooting Nets were 19 of 39 from 3-point range, dealing a blow to the Bucks' hopes of moving up from the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference playoff race.

Crabbe was clutch by hitting two of his five 3s over the final three minutes, the second coming with 1:18 left to give the Nets a six-point lead that sent Bucks fans to the exits.

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Mar 21, 2018; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie (8) reacts with center Jarrett Allen (31) against the Charlotte Hornets in the second quarter at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Nicole Sweet-USA TODAY Sports (Nicole Sweet)
Mar 21, 2018; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie (8) reacts with center Jarrett Allen (31) against the Charlotte Hornets in the second quarter at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Nicole Sweet-USA TODAY Sports (Nicole Sweet)

MILWAUKEE -- Thanks to the Detroit Pistons' loss to Philadelphia on Wednesday night, the Milwaukee Bucks will take to the court Thursday against Brooklyn assured of a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

Where the Bucks will be seeded and ultimately who they'll face when the postseason begins remains to be season, leaving plenty to play for over the final four games of the regular season.

Those four games also give forward Jabari Parker chances to build up his strength as he continues his return from ACL surgery in February.

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Apr 3, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia 76ers guard Marco Belinelli (18) shoots during the fourth quarter of the game against the Brooklyn Nets at the Wells Fargo Center. The 76ers won the game 121-95. Mandatory Credit: John Geliebter-USA TODAY Sports (John Geliebter)
Apr 3, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia 76ers guard Marco Belinelli (18) shoots during the fourth quarter of the game against the Brooklyn Nets at the Wells Fargo Center. The 76ers won the game 121-95. Mandatory Credit: John Geliebter-USA TODAY Sports (John Geliebter)

PHILADELPHIA (AP) J.J. Redick scored 19 points and Ben Simmons had 15 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Philadelphia 76ers to their 11th straight victory, 121-95 over the Brooklyn Nets on Tuesday night.

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Mar 31, 2018; Miami, FL, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Caris LeVert (22) shoots the ball against the Miami Heat during the second half at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Mar 31, 2018; Miami, FL, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Caris LeVert (22) shoots the ball against the Miami Heat during the second half at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

The question of whether the Philadelphia 76ers can survive without Joel Embiid has been answered with a resounding yes as they take an NBA-best 10-game winning streak into Tuesday night's matchup with the Brooklyn Nets.

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Nets G Isaiah Whitehead underwent successful surgery to repair the scapholunate ligament on his right wrist Tuesday, per NetsDaily's Anthony Puccio.

Whitehead sprained his wrist last week, and upon further examination, the Nets realized he needed surgery to repair the ligament.

The 23-year-old jumped back and forth between the Nets and G League Long Island Nets this season. He averaged 22.3 points, 3.6 assists, 3.2 rebounds, and shot 45 percent from the field in 30 games with Long Island this season. 

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Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie defends against Detroit Pistons guard Luke Kennard during the second quarter at Barclays Center. (Nicole Sweet-USA TODAY Sports)
Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie defends against Detroit Pistons guard Luke Kennard during the second quarter at Barclays Center. (Nicole Sweet-USA TODAY Sports)

Reggie Jackson scored 29 points, Stanley Johnson had 17, and the Detroit Pistons preserved their slim playoff hopes with a 108-96 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Sunday night.

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Mar 13, 2018; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard D'Angelo Russell (1) goes to the basket against Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan (10) and center Jonas Valanciunas (17) during second half at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Mar 13, 2018; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard D'Angelo Russell (1) goes to the basket against Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan (10) and center Jonas Valanciunas (17) during second half at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

NEW YORK -- The Detroit Pistons are playing better recently but it is likely a case of too little, too late.

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Mar 31, 2018; Miami, FL, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Caris LeVert (22) shoots the ball against the Miami Heat during the second half at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Mar 31, 2018; Miami, FL, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Caris LeVert (22) shoots the ball against the Miami Heat during the second half at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

MIAMI (AP) Caris Levert scored with about a half-minute left in overtime to put Brooklyn up for good, Dwyane Wade missed on a play where he thought he got fouled at the buzzer and the Nets beat the Miami Heat 110-109 on Saturday night.

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Milwaukee Bucks head coach Jason Kidd looks to the scoreboard during Game 3 of the NBA basketball playoffs against the Chicago Bulls Thursday, April 23, 2015, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Aaron Gash)  (Aaron Gash/AP)
Milwaukee Bucks head coach Jason Kidd looks to the scoreboard during Game 3 of the NBA basketball playoffs against the Chicago Bulls Thursday, April 23, 2015, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Aaron Gash) (Aaron Gash/AP)

Former Nets guard Jason Kidd is expected to be inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2018, per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

Kidd played six-and-a-half seasons of his 19-year career with the Nets and was an All-Star each one of his first three. Kidd led the Nets to back-to-back appearances in the NBA Finals in his first two seasons.  

He was a 10-time All-Star, the 1994-95 Rookie of the Year, NBA champion with the Mavericks in 2010, and ranks second all-time in assists (12,091).

Kidd went into coaching after retiring, becoming the head coach of the Nets in 2013. After spending one season there and leading the Nets to a playoff series victory, he transitioned to Milwaukee as the Bucks head coach. However, he was fired midway this season after the team posted a 23-22 record. 

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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) D'Angelo Russell and Caris LeVert each scored 16 points to lead the Brooklyn Nets to a 111-104 victory over the Orlando Magic on Wednesday night. >> Read More

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