Rodions Kurucs suffered a spranked ankle in the Nets' 132-112 loss to the Pacers on Saturday night, according to the team.
Kurucs played well in the first half as he scored 12 points in nearly 15 minutes before he was forced out of the game.
Kurucs scored 11 points in Friday night's game when he grabbed five rebounds. He chipped in three points in the team's first game of the season against the Pistons on Wednesday.
One night after a big win over the Knicks, the Nets took a step back in a 133-112 loss to the Pacers on Saturday in Indianapolis. >> Box score
Brooklyn turned the ball over 20 times and struggled to keep up with the Pacers. The Nets couldn't contain Vctor Oladipo, who scored 25 points and grabbed seven boards in the process.
The Pacers piled onto their lead in the final quarter when they outscored Brooklyn by 10 points, putting the game away.
NDIANAPOLIS -- In his third year in the NBA, Brooklyn Nets guard Caris LeVert is showing he has the potential to be a big-time scorer.
LeVert scored a career-high 28 points against the New York Knicks on Friday, and that included the game-winner with one second left. He had previously tied his career-high with 27 points in a loss at Detroit in the Nets' season opener.
"He had a heck of game on both ends of the floor," Nets coach Kenny Atkinson said Friday. "Especially at the end, he made (Tim) Hardaway work for his shots. He was our leader (Friday night). He said after the game, 'Coach, I owed you one from the Detroit game.' Great game-winner, that was a heck of a finish at the end."
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson missed Friday night's game against the Knicks, but he had a perfectly reasonable excuse for his absence.
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Meanwhile, the Nets began the season by taking a 103-100 loss at Detroit. The Nets as they often did last season fell behind by double digits before coming back but on their last two possessions, Caris LeVert committed a turnover and Joe Harris missed a contested 3-pointer that would have forced overtime.
"We fought back played well, etc, etc, etc, sort of the story of last season," Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie of a team which was 12-13 in games decided by five points or fewer last season. "We didn't get it done. We've got to figure it out and take the next step and finally get it done."
Despite the lack of late-game execution, the Nets received some good performances as LeVert matched a career high with 27 points and Dinwiddie added 23. >> Read More
Caris LeVert scored a game-high 27 points, but the Pistons eked out a 103-100 win over the Nets in the season opener on Wednesday night in Detroit. >> Box score
The Nets jumped out to a strong start, posting a 29-24 lead after one quarter, but the Pistons responded by outscoring the Nets in the second and third quarters. The Nets mounted a comeback attempt in the fourth and came within one-point in the final minute before Reggie Jackson made a pair of free throws to extend Detroit's lead.
Jarrett Allen led the Nets with 10 rebounds and was the only player on the team to make two three-pointers.
Former Nets star Richard Jefferson is optimistic about the direction of his former team as a new season gets underway.
Jefferson, who just made the switch from the basketball court to the broadcast booth after nearly two decades in the NBA, said the team still has more steps to take -- but they're inching closer to where they want to be.
"The future is bright; they've been moving in the right direction," he said on The Michael Kay Show. "You have to give them all the credit. I do believe that there are obviously more steps to go, but you're finally moving in the right direction.
Andre Drummond and Blake Griffin are learning how to stay out of each other's way.
The better they get at that, the more dangerous the Detroit Pistons will become this season.
Detroit opens at home against the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday with high hopes of making the playoffs. The Pistons possess two of the top big men in the Eastern Conference and they're continuing to build chemistry.
Spencer Dinwiddie is making bank, and not just from playing in the NBA.
Like most players in the league, Dinwiddie has a taste for the business world, but instead of the entreprenurial spirit that LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony have, Dinwiddie's interest lies in cryptocurrency, according to Bleacher Report.
The 25-year-old Nets guard began investing in bitcoin after the 2016-17 season as its stock began to skyrocket, finding a new passion outside of basketball.
Things may be looking up for the Nets this season.
Per FiveThirtyEight's CARMELO system, which factors each player's future performance based on trajectory of similar NBA players, the Nets are expected to finish with a 36-46 record and 34 percent chance of making the playoffs.
It is a stark contrast from last season, when the Nets were 28-54 and in last place in the Eastern Conference.
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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.
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.
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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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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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...
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...
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
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."
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.
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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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."
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.
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.
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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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...
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.
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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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.
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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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."
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...
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.
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.
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
The Nets set a new franchise record with 24 three-pointers in Saturday night's 124-96 win over the Bulls on Sunday.
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.