Nets starting SG Randy Foye suffered a mild hamstring strain during practice and will miss tomorrow's season opener in Boston, according to Brian Lewis of The New York Post.
The Nets signed the veteran shooting guard this past offseason to a one-year, $2.5 million contract.
Foye averaged 5.9 points, 2.0 assists, and 1.9 rebounds in 81 games last season.
Head coach Kenny Atkinson told reporters he would decide tomorrow who would take Foye's place in the starting lineup against the Celtics.
First-year head coach Kenny Atkinson has been with Jeremy Lin before and he believes the guard can be provide the spark the Nets need, according to the New York Daily News.
Atkinson was a Knicks assistant while Lin made his emergence on the scene in New York during the 2011-12 season. Now, four years later, Lin has a chance to give another team that same energy.
Lin averaged 11.7 points and three assists per game last year with the Hornets.
"He came off the bench in Charlotte last year and did a heck of a job, but this is a little different deal now," Atkinson said. "You're kind of the quarterback. You're the Eli Manning, those guys, so there's a different level of responsibility."
Atkinson has been an assistant in the league since 2008, coaching both the Knicks and Pistons over that time. Having played under Atkinson, Lin said the time is now right for Atkinson to take the reins as head coach.
"I've been saying it was just a matter of time for him because I know how good he is, I know how much he was there for me in New York," Lin said of Atkinson. "When you're around him, you kind of understand there's something different about him - his energy, his passion, the juice he approaches his work with. He doesn't leave any stone unturned."
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The Nets have waived PG Yogi Ferrell, the team announced.
Ferrell, 23, signed with the Nets on Aug. 5 and played in three preseason games, averaging 4.3 points and 1.7 assists in 9.6 minutes per game.
He played for Indiana University from 2012-2016.
The Nets' roster now stands at 15 players.
The turnover-prone Nets committed the last of their 24 giveaways in the final minute, allowing the Knicks to escape with a 116-111 exhibition victory at the Barclays Center Thursday. >>Box score
- The Nets' Jeremy Lin had 24 points and 10 assists in 30 minutes, but also had a team-high eight turnovers.
- Joe Harris had 15 points for the Nets, who got 12 each from Bojan Bogdanovic and Brook Lopez (two rebounds in 20 minutes.
- Carmelo Anthony led the Knicks (4-2) with 21 points in 29 minutes.
- Brandon Jennings (eight points, six assists) and Joakim Noah (12 points) both had six rebounds for the Knicks, who also had 24 turnovers but outrebounded the Nets, 46-36.
The Nets were sluggish in the first quarter and never recovered, as they fell to the Celtics on Monday night, 120-99, at TD Garden in Boston.
- The Nets were down 29-16 after one and could never recover.
- Jeremy Lin recorded 13 points and five assists in the loss.
- Sean Kilpatrick had a team-high 15 points (6-of-10 from the field) and also grabbed three rebounds.
- Bojan Bogdanovic added 12 points on 5-of-11 shooting.
- The Nets shot 41.4 percent from the field and just 34.4 percent from 3-point land.
- Boston outrebounded the Nets 55-34.
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Jeremy Lin's former coach Kevin McHale believes the guard will continue to play with a strong effort and high energy with the Nets this season, according to Brian Lewis of the New York Post.
Lin played with McHale for two seasons from 2012-2014 after he left the Knicks for a deal with the Houston Rockets. Lin averaged more than 12 points per game but also at least 2.5 turnovers in those two years.
"He has high effort. He's going to make mistakes, but they're going to be mistakes of effort,'' McHale said. "You'll never have to encourage him go full-blast, maybe to go a little slower. He's very aggressive, that hasn't changed. That was the way he was in Houston. I think you'll see the same thing with the Nets."
McHale said Lin has no fear of making a play in the important parts of a game, which should be a key asset to the Nets this season.
"He's not afraid of the big shot, not afraid of moment,'' McHale said. "He plays very close to the reckless side. That's what makes him a good player. He still plays hard. I don't think a lot will change. But he's a better player than when I saw him, and he's become content being Jeremy Lin, not Jeremy Linsanity."
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The Nets sat struggling rookie guard Isaiah Whitehead in Thursday's loss to the Celtics, although head coach Kenny Atkinson said the rest was pre-planned.
The 6-foot-4 rookie shooting guard has just nine points on 3-of-13 shooting from the field in two preseason games. He also has four turnovers and has yet to hit a 3-pointer.
Atkinson said after the loss that Whitehead will get back in the lineup at some point soon.
"He'll get a shot again, and other guys will rest," Atkinson said, according to Brian Lewis of the New York Post. "Just part of the plan. It wasn't any reaction to having a so-so game. We have a plan in place. We're sticking to it."
Whitehead admitted he has struggled, as he is still looking to find a rhythm on the court.
"I'm getting good looks. I've just got to get comfortable, just making them, getting in the right balance, things like that,'' Whitehead said. "It's just overall getting better. It's no specific one thing thing."
The Nets next play the Celtics on Monday in Boston at 7:30 P.M.
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Marcus Smart and Al Horford both had 13 points as the Celtics defeated the Nets 100-97 in an NBA exhibition game Thursday night in Brooklyn. >>Read more at SNY.tv. ... .
- Trevor Booker had 11 points and 12 rebounds for the Nets.
- Luis Scola led the Nets with 14 points but was 5-for-14 from the floor. He had five assists.
- Jeremy Lin had 12 points and seven assists for Brooklyn.
The Nets were outscored 38-17 in the third quarter as they lost to the Heat, 121-100, Tuesday night in Miami during preseason action.
- Jeremy Lin led the Nets with 16 points and added five assists.
- Luis Scola had 12 points, six rebounds, and three assists while playing 22:37 off the bench.
- Rondae Hollis-Jefferson had five points in just over 22 minutes of action.
- Bojan Bogdanovic had 13 points off the bench.
- The Nets shot 39 percent from the field.
The Brooklyn Nets, playing without Jeremy Lin and Luis Scola, lost 116-98 to the Nets Saturday in an exhibition at Madison Square Garden.
- The Nets had 12 assists after recording 16 in their preseason opener against Detroit Thursday.
- Former first overall draft pick Anthony Bennett had a team-high 15 point and five rebounds in 20 minutes.
- Joe Haris had 11 points in 19 minutes, including going 3-of-4 from beyond the three-point line.
- Rookie guards Isaiah Whitehead, who missed the first game due to a hyperextended knee injur played 14 minutes, scoring six points with an assist.
- Sean Kilpatrick, coming off an 0-for7 outing, shot 5-of-10 and finished with 13 points.
Nets guard Jeremy Lin said he is not paying much attention to Carmelo Anthony's recent comments expressing his surprise that Lin was a "franchise player" in Brooklyn.
Lin, a former Knick and teammate of Anthony during the 2011-12 season, signed a three-year, $36 million deal with the Nets in the offseason after spending last year with the Hornets.
"I didn't hear anything about it [Friday], nobody texted me about it [Friday], so I don't think it's a big deal, to be honest," Lin said of Anthony, according to Brian Lewis of the New York Post. I don't really know what he said. Again, five years ago, I'm not really too worried about anything. When I see him I'll say what's up. I said this literally since Day 1: Every time I've run into him or had personal interaction with him, he'd been really nice to me and really cordial to me.
"I've never had any personal issues with him. We've never gotten into a fight or argument or anything, in person or through text or anything."
The Nets are set to take on the Knicks at Madison Square Garden on Saturday night, but Lin will not suit up, reports Lewis.
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The Nets will take on the Knicks at Madison Square Garden on Saturday, where former Knick Jeremy Lin will return as a member of Brooklyn.
His old teammate, Carmelo Anthony, said Lin is now the leading man for the Nets after signing with the team in free agency.
"He is the face of their franchise - believe it or not,'' Anthony told reporters Friday, according to Marc Berman of the New York Post. "He came up, they paid him. Now the ball is in his hands. Now he's one of the franchise players over there. I don't know what you want me to say about that. I'm happy for him, excited for him to see how it's going to turn out over there.''
Lin signed a three-year, $36 million contract with the Nets this offseason after spending a year with the Hornets. Lin averaged 14.6 points and 6.2 assists in a 35-game run with the Knicks during the 2011-12 campaign.
The Brooklyn Nets opened the preseason with a 101-94 win over the Detroit Pistons Thursday in Brooklyn.
- Jeremy Lin had 21 points and made 5 of 8 threes (7-for-11 overall) in 18 minutes in his Brooklyn debut.
- Rondae Hollis-Jeffferson was a plus-20, scoring eight points with three rebounds in 21 minutes.
- Joe Harris (12 points) and Luis Scola (10) were the only other players in double figures for Brooklyn, which used 15 players. Scola was 3-for-4 from three; the Nets were 41.2 percent from beyond the arc.
- Randy Foye led Brooklyn with four assists; Scola was among three Nets with three assists. Lin had one.
- Andre Drummond had 17 points and 21 rebounds for Detroit, which was outscored 24-16 in the fourth period. Detroit outrebouned Brooklyn, 53-37.
The Brooklyn Nets hold their annual media day with new acquisitions and coaching staff for the upcoming season.
The Nets have come to agreements with F Chase Budinger and G Jorge Gutierrez, the team announced.
Terms of the deals were not released.
Budinger averaged 4.1 points and 2.3 rebounds in 66 games last year with the Suns and Pacers. He has played with four different franchises over the course of his NBA career.
Gutierrez, who played 10 games with the Nets in 2014-15, suited up in 12 games with the Hornets last season.
After 21 seasons in the NBA, Kevin Garnett has decided to retire, reports Kent Youngblood of the Star Tribune.
Garnett, 40, was a 15-time all-star and was named to the NBA All-Defensive First Team nine times.
In 2013, Garnett was traded from the Celtics to the Nets along with Paul Pierce and Jason Terry. His first season with the team saw him surpass the 14,000 rebound mark, becoming just the 10th NBA player to do so.
The Nets made the postseason in Garnett's first year with the team, eventually falling to the Heat in the second round.
After two seasons with the Nets, Garnett was traded to the Timberwolves for Thad Young.
New Nets GM Sean Marks wants fans to have patience during the team's rebuild, Stefan Bondy writes in the NY Daily News.
In other words, Marks wants the team to be judged on how the players respond rather than the team's record.
"(Success) will be measured in the progress that's made throughout the season, the buy-in from our players," Marks said.
Marks went on to emphasize that the rebuild will not be short.
"We wanted to be very clear on how we're going to build. This is not going to be something that's turned around in two or three months," Marks said. "As we've said before, we want something that's done strategically and systematically, build a strong foundation and not something that's a fleeting moment, something that will last and the couple of acquisitions that we've made so far and developing as Kenny said the young guys, that will help to establish that foundation."
Along with Marks as GM, the Nets brought in Kenny Atkinson as their new head coach. Their main acquisition during the offseason was PG Jeremy Lin, who agreed to a three-year deal.
Brooklyn went 21-61 last year, snapping three straight years of making the playoffs.
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Brook Lopez chats Nets upcoming season, being the stabilizing force for the Nets and the addition of Jeremy Lin.
The Nets will add a new alternate remix uniform for the 2016 season, the team announced Wednesday.
The jersey brings together a combination of the Nets' current look with black and white colors and the team's old uniform with stars going down the side of the jersey
The uniforms, which also features "Brooklyn" written on the sides, will be worn against the Pacers in the home opener on Oct. 28.
The Nets will open their first regular season under new coach Kenny Atkinson Wednesday Oct. 26 at Boston and two days later will play their home opener against Indiana. Both games start at 7:30 p.m.
The NBA released the league schedule Thursday.
Vs. Knicks: Wednesday Nov. 9 at MSG 7 p.m.; Wednesday Feb. 1 at Barclays 7 p.m.; Sunday March 12 at Barclays 6 p.m.; Thurs March 16 at MSG 7:30 p.m.
Holidays off: No games Christmas or New Year's Day nor on the Eves of those holidays.
Two giants in two days: The Warriors and Kevin Durant visit Barclays Center Dec. 22, followed the next day by the Cavaliers and LeBron James.
Back-to-backs: 14, including 4 in January.
In a battle between the only two Brooklyn Nets participating in this year's Olympics, Luis Scola and Argentina came out on top against Bojan Bogdanovic and Croatia, 90-82.
Right from the opening tip, Scola dominated. His 13 first quarter points helped Argentina jump out to an early lead, a lead that would get as high as 20 points by the third quarter. However a furious comeback led by Bogdanovic and Dario Saric cut it to a mere four point game with 30 seconds left. A somewhat controversial foul on Croatia's (and Orlando Magic) Mario Hezonja led to technical fouls on both the Croatian head coach and assistant coach. Once Scola made two free throws, the game was pretty much over.
Scola finished with a game-high 23 points to go with his nine rebounds and two blocks. The Argentinian shot 8-for-15 from the field, and once again showed his ability to knock down the three pointer by going 3-for-5 from long range. Scola did struggle from the free throw line, missing five of his nine attempts. This was unusual for Scola as the power forward is a career 74.2% shooter from the charity stripe.
Bogdanovic did not have as strong of a night, shooting 5-for-13 overall and a dismal 1-for-6 from the three point line. However he still finished the game with 18 points as he made seven of his eleven attempts from the free throw line, while adding seven rebounds, two assists, and one block. It was the first time the Croatian had failed to score 20 points in either the Olympic Qualifying Tournament or the Olympics.
Next up, Argentina takes on Lithuania on Thursday while Croatia faces off against Brazil.
Matt Citak, SNY.tv
The more I watch Scola in the Olympics, the happier I am with the one-year deal Sean Marks and the Nets gave him. At 36-years old, the power forward did not play to his age last night as he looked like the best player on the court (his 36 minutes also tied Saric for a game-high). During his 13-point first quarter, Scola was moving around the court and finding cracks in the defense to get himself open for easy shots. His ability to hit shots from the outside is sure to cause headaches for opposing big men this upcoming season.
It's no surprise that the Argentinian is pretty slow-footed on defense. That's why it was great to see him with quick hands as he was defending the paint against Saric. Even at times when he got beat, Scola managed to recover and alter the Croatian big man's shot, ending the game with two blocks. His quick hands were also highlighted when he stripped Bogdanovic on a drive late in the game. We know he can provide a spark to the Nets on offense, but if he can step up on the defensive side of the court as well, Scola is going to make Marks look like an absolute genius.
Bogdanovic finally came back to Earth last night, snapping his streak of games with 20 or more points. It was an off night for the guard as his 38.4% shooting percentage is significantly lower than what we've come accustomed to seeing from the Croatian. However he ended the game with 18 points, showing that even when he doesn't have his A-game, Bogdanovic can still find ways to score. His jump shot wasn't on so instead, he drove to the basket and drew fouls on Argentina, racking up a game-high 11 free throw attempts. It's important that he's able to make these type of in-game adjustments with the Nets this season.
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In the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament, it was the play of Bojan Bogdanovic that secured Croatia an opportunity to play in Rio. Bogdanovic scored about a third of his country's points in that tournament, and as Croatia began their Olympic play on Sunday against Spain, the Brooklyn Net looked just as strong.
Bogdanovic scored a team-high 23 points on 8-of-15 shooting, including 3-of-8 from long range and 4-of-5 from the free throw line. The sharp shooter added three rebounds, two assists, and one block in his 36 minutes. Just as he did in the Olympic Qualifying Tournament, Bogdanovic was responsible for about one-third of Croatia's points.
The guard's stellar play was very important as Croatia outscored silver medal favorite Spain 25-16 in the fourth quarter, and ended up winning 72-70 in what was one of the big early upsets in the 2016 Olympic Games.
The other Brooklyn Net participating in this year's Olympics is Luis Scola, who's Argentina team cruised by Nigeria 94-66 on Sunday. Scola had 18 points on 7-for-12 shooting to go with nine rebounds, three assists, and one steal in 24 minutes. The power forward also showed his ability to shoot from deep as he went 1-for-2 from the three point line, while also making three of four free throw attempts.
The two Nets players will be in action against each other Tuesday night as Croatia takes on Argentina at 9:30 p.m.
Matt Citak, SNY.tv
Before Brooklyn let go of Joe Johnson last season, Bogdanovic averaged 10.4 points in almost 26 minutes per game. In the final 25 games without Johnson, the Croatian's numbers increased to 15.2 points in 28 minutes per game, while shooting 42 percent from the three point line. As more minutes at the shooting guard position opened up, Bogdanovic's game improved drastically. This is great news for Brooklyn as it seems like the team has big plans for Bogdanovic this season, as evidenced by assistant coach Chris Fleming traveling to Croatia to speak to the guard leading up to the qualifying tournament.
Throughout the Olympic Qualifying Tournament and the first game of Olympic play, Bogdanovic has played like an absolute stud. He has been shooting and moving around the court with a level of confidence and swagger that we have yet to see on a consistent basis during his tenure in Brooklyn. With an offseason to prepare as the team's starting shooting guard, along with the motivation of playing in a contract year, both Bogdanovic and the Nets are hoping he can mirror these Olympic performances when it comes time for the NBA season.
As for Scola, the Argentinian brings more to the Nets than merely a veteran presence. Although he averaged only 8.7 points and 4.7 rebounds for the Raptors last season, Scola showed some flashes of his old self, securing three double-doubles and having eight games of 20 or more points. Throughout the season, Scola saw his minutes decrease from 24.0 in November to 14.5 in April. Yet as he showed in yesterday's win over Nigeria, the power forward still has some life in his legs. While Scola will certainly act as a leader to the younger players in the Nets locker room, don't be surprised to see more performances like yesterday's during this upcoming NBA season.
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The Nets have signed G Yogi Ferrell to a one-year, partially guaranteed deal, reports Michael Scotto of Sheridan Hoops.
Ferrell, 23, played for the Nets during the recently concluded Summer League.
He graduated from Indiana after this past season, where he was named the school's male Athlete of the Year.
The NBA is moving the 2017 All-Star Game out of Charlotte because of its objections to a North Carolina law that limits anti-discrimination protections for lesbian, gay and transgender people.
The league had expressed its opposition to the law known as HB2 since it was enacted in March, and its decision Thursday came less than a month after state legislators revisited the law and chose to leave it largely unchanged.
"While we recognize that the NBA cannot choose the law in every city, state, and country in which we do business, we do not believe we can successfully host our All-Star festivities in Charlotte in the climate created by HB2," the league said in a statement.
The league added that it hoped to announce a new location for next February's events shortly. It hopes to reschedule the 2019 game for Charlotte if there is a resolution to the matter.
"We understand the NBA's decision and the challenges around holding the NBA All-Star Game in Charlotte this season. There was an exhaustive effort from all parties to keep the event in Charlotte, and we are disappointed we were unable to do so," Hornets chairman and Hall of Famer Michael Jordan said. "With that said, we are pleased that the NBA opened the door for Charlotte to host All-Star weekend again as soon as an opportunity was available in 2019." >> Read more
The Brooklyn Nets introduce their offseason additions, including guard Jeremy Lin.
The Brooklyn Nets could show interest in guard Dion Waiters after the Oklahoma City Thunder rescinded their qualifying offer for him, according to The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski.
The Thunder rescinded their qualifying offer for Waiters on Monday, which allows Waiters to become a free agent. Oklahoma City still holds Bird Rights and could still re-sign him, according to Wojnarowski.
Waiters, 24, averaged 9.8 points, 2.6 rebounds and two assists per game in 78 games with the Thunder last season. He has averaged 12.8 points, 2.6 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game in his career.
A four-year veteran whom the Cleveland Cavaliers drafted fourth overall in 2012, Waiters earned $5.1 million last season.
The Brooklyn Nets have reached an agreement on a one-year deal with free agent guard Randy Foye, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical.
Foye averaged 5.9 points, 2.0 assists, and 1.9 rebounds in 81 games for the Denver Nuggets and Oklahoma City Thunder last season. The veteran guard averaged 20.3 minutes per game.
Foye, a Newark native, has played for seven NBA teams since being drafted out of Villanova in 2006 with the No. 7 pick.
For his career, Foye, a combo guard, is averaging 10.8 points, 2.9 assists, and 2.2 rebounds per game, while shooting 40.2 percent from the field and 36.9 percent from the three-point line.
The Nets are the seventh-most valuable franchise in the NBA, according to a report by Forbes.
They're currently valued at $1.7 billion, making them the 34th most valuable franchise in the world. The only NBA franchises worth more than them are the New York Knicks, Los Angeles Lakers, Chicago Bulls, Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Clippers, and Golden State Warriors.
The Nets moved from New Jersey to Brooklyn in 2012 after being acquired by Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov in 2010 for $200 million. Their home arena, the Barclays Center, is located in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn.
The Nets have played four seasons in Brooklyn, where they have won one playoff series. Their cumulative record since moving to Brooklyn is 152-176.
Free agent Anthony Bennett has signed a two-year minimum deal with the Nets, Shams Charania of The Vertical reports.
Bennett was the first overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, where he was taken by the Cleveland Cavaliers after putting up 16.1 points, 8.1 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game during his freshman season at UNLV.
Bennett played 52 games for Cleveland in 2013-14, where he scored 4.2 points per game in 12.8 minutes played before being tradedto the Timberwolves.
He played 57 games for the Timberwolves in 2014-15, where he averaged 5.2 points and 3.8 rebounds per game in 15.7 minutes before being waived.
Bennett played this past season with the Raptors, where he averaged less than 4.4 minutes a game. He was sent down to play in the NBA Development League four times, where he became the first No.1 overall pick ever to play in the D-League. The Raptors waived him March 1, making him an unrestricted free agent.
Bennett is now the fourth power forward on the Nets' roster, joining Trevor Booker, Luis Scola, and Chris McCulllough.
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The Nets have agreed to a deal with free agent G Joe Harris, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical.
The deal is for two years and $2 million, reports Michael Scotto.
Harris, 24, appeared in five games last season for the Cavaliers.
The Cavaliers traded him to the Magic in January but he didn't appear in any games for Orlando.
Harris was drafted in the second round (33rd overall) of the 2014 NBA Draft.
The Brooklyn Nets have reached a one-year deal with free agent forward Luis Scola, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical.
Scola started 76 games for Toronto last season, averaging 8.7 points and 4.7 rebounds in 21.5 minutes per game.
The 36-year old Argentina native was the 56th overall pick in the 2002 draft by the San Antonio Spurs. In July 2007, the Spurs traded Scola's draft rights to the Houston Rockets. He played his first five seasons for Houston before bouncing around between Phoenix, Indiana, and Toronto over the last four years.
For his career, Scola is averaging 12.3 points and 6.8 rebounds.
With the Nets coming up empty thus far on restricted free agents, Jeremy Lin remains the team's biggest offseason acquisition. So what attracted him to Brooklyn?
Lin recently told reporters it was the opportunity to build something new.
"[The front office and I] talked a lot about culture and establishing a kind of identity and work ethic," Lin said. "And I just want help in terms of that. ... It's kind of a blank slate for the organization in a lot of ways, bringing in a new GM and a new coach, and I want to be part of that."
In 78 games (13 starts) last season for the Hornets, Lin averaged 11.7 points, 3.2 rebounds, and three assists in 26.3 minutes per game.
It's interesting, because I really think his time in Charlotte helped redefine the way Lin is perceived around the league.
Coming out of his tenure in Houston and Los Angeles, I wouldn't necessarily have been as excited about the change in culture Lin could bring to Brooklyn. But the way he helped Charlotte learn to play unselfish basketball -- and seemed to be the spark that helped the Hornets vastly overachieve last season -- I'm pumped to see what Lin is going to bring to the table in Brooklyn.
Last season, Lin showed that his game still translates even when he doesn't have big names in the lineup beside him. What's more, he probably had the best defensive season of his career in 15-16.
Lin does have a battle in front of him, though. After all, this team is very much a work in progress. But Lin gives them a rudder on offense -- something they lacked all of last season -- and perhaps an injection of character. Hopefully it comes together like it did in Charlotte.
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Nets GM Sean Marks thought he had found an offseason hack for the Nets. Unfortunately, not all plans work the way they're intended.
The strategy was savvy and sound. Marks knew he didn't control his first-round pick for another two drafts, but he had gobs of salary cap space. So how could he not only rebuild his Nets for the present, but also position them favorably for the future? Target the restricted free agents he thought would make Brooklyn relevant in the short-term and a winner in the long-term.
So they targeted two in particular: Miami's Tyler Johnson and Portland's Allen Crabbe. Marks doled out big contracts for both, with the two deals featuring gigantic back-end commitments that probably made each team think long and hard about matching. But on Sunday, both the Heat and Blazers blinked and brought back their RFAs, sending Marks back to the drawing board.
It's a blow to be sure. By bringing in Jeremy Lin, Marks had signaled he wanted to put together a team that would outperform expectations right from the get-go. Though Johnson and Crabbe both have yet to become starters at the NBA level, they certainly would have been huge upgrades over what the Nets have. In some cases, like at the 3-4, they barely have anything at all.
So where do they turn? It's hard to say. The Nets acted quickly on Sunday by bringing in Greivis Vasquez to beef up their back court, but that still leaves a lot to be desired up front.
The Nets could use a swingman, and both Adrian Wojnarowski and David Aldridge believe Marks could get right back on the RFA horse and sign Dion Waiters to an offer sheet. Even if the Nets do make Waiter an offer, there's no guarantee that Oklahoma City won't match.
But despite all the seemingly gloom-and-doom scenarios, there is a bright side. Any team that has big cap space tied up down the line is one less club the Nets have to worry about for free agent competition in three-to-four years' time, when this rebuild should finally be getting off the ground. Those poison pill provisions? They'll help the Nets eventually.
The other is the signal from the organization. Marks has shown he has no qualms about being aggressive and ruffling some feathers along the way, and ownership has shown they're still willing to invest in this team, albeit in a much smarter way. That might not soften the blow of coming up empty-handed, but it at least shows the Nets seem to be serious this time. And that's all the Brooklyn faithful can really ask for right now.
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Former Brooklyn Nets guard Jarrett Jack agreed to a one-year minimum deal with the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday, according to The Vertical's Shams Charania.
Jack, 32, was limited to 32 games last season after tearing his ACL that ended his season. He averaged 12.8 points, 7.4 assists and 4.3 rebounds per game.
Brooklyn requested waivers on Jack on June 30 after he had been owed $6.3 million for the 2016-17 season.
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There is mutual interest between the Brooklyn Nets and former No. 1 draft pick Anthony Bennett, according to Sheridan Hoops' Michael Scotto.
Bennett, 23, has been playing for Team Canada in FIBA Olympic qualifying. He was the first overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft to the Cleveland Cavaliers.
He has played for three teams in each of his three seasons in the NBA, including the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Toronto Raptors.
Bennett, a 6-foot-8 power forward, averaged 1.5 points and 1.2 rebounds per game in 19 games for Toronto last season.
The Brooklyn Nets have agreed to a one-year deal with guard Greivis Vasquez, according to The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski.
Vasquez, 29, averaged 5.7 points, four assists and two revounds per game in 23 games with the Milwaukee Bucks last season.
A six-year veteran, Vasquez has averaged nine points, 4.8 assists and 2.6 rebounds per game in 398 career games with five teams.
The Miami Heat have matched the Brooklyn Nets' offer sheet for guard Tyler Johnson, according to The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski.
Brooklyn had signed Johnson to a four-year, $50 million offer sheet on July 3 and the Heat had until midnight Sunday to match.
Miami has officially notified Johnson, the Nets and the league about the match in paperwork, according to Wojnarowski.
Johnson, 24, averaged 8.7 points, three rebounds and 2.2 assists per game in 36 games with Miami last year. He is entering his third season after he went undrafted in 2014.
On Saturday, the Nets' four-year, $75 million offer sheet to Trail Blazers guard Allen Crabbe was matched by Portland.
After Dwayne Wade left Miami for Chicago, it seemed likely there would be some trickle down effect, and the other shoe falls on the Nets with their attempt to grab Johnson.
Even though it's more than Miami probably wanted to spend, they really didn't have a choice if they wanted to try to stay competitive for this season. Ultimately, I'm not sure this won't work out for the Nets, but it is a blow to Sean Marks' plan. It seemed like he had allow young talent locked up, and now, at least in this case, it's back to the drawing board.
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Guard Allen Crabbe will return to the Portland Trail Blazers after the team matched the four-year, $75 million offer sheet he signed with the Brooklyn Nets three days ago, according to The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski.
The Nets are now waiting to see if Miami will match the $50 million, four-year offer sheet Brooklyn made to guard Tyler Johnson.
Crabbe was a restricted free agent, meaning that the Trail Blazers had the right to match any contract he signed in free agency within a 72 hour period.
Crabbe averaged a career-high 10.3 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.2 assists last season with the Blazers, his third in the league.
Johnson would make about $6 million annually in the first two years of the deal, then average about $19 million in each of the final two years of the contract. He met with several teams in Chicago in the past few days before making his decision.
Johnson made an average of about $500,000 in each of his first two NBA seasons. He was undrafted out of Fresno State two years ago and has averaged 7.4 points in 68 games with the Heat over two seasons. Johnson shot 49 percent last season, up from 42 percent in his rookie year.
Free agent guard Wayne Ellington has agreed to a two-year, $12 million-plus deal with the Miami Heat, according to Yahoo! reporter Adrian Wojnarowski.
Two weeks ago, Ellington opted out of his contract, which freed up cap space to help sign Jeremy Lin.
With Ellington opting out and the Nets waiving Jarrett Jack Thursday, the Nets get closer to having more than $50 million in cap space. The Nets are also reportedly stretching the $500,000 guarantee they owe Jack, apparently to give them maximum cap space.
Ellington, 28, had one of his worst seasons, averaging 7.7 points and shooting 35.8 percent from three. Miami is looking for help at guard after the departure of Dwyane Wade to Chicago.
The Nets have confirmed their signing of Trevor Booker.
6:45 p.m. The Nets have come to an agreement with forward Trevor Booker on a two-year deal worth $18 million, reports Tony Jones of the Salt Lake Tribune.
The 28-year-old Booker has spent six years in the NBA, with the last two coming with the Utah Jazz.
Booker, 6-foot-8, averaged 5.9 points and 5.7 rebounds in 20.7 minutes per game last season with Utah. Since entering the NBA in 2010, Booker has averaged 6.5 points, 5.2 rebounds and 20.3 minutes per game.
The Nets are also reportedly linked to free-agent forward Marvin Williams.
The Nets have signed free agent G Allen Crabbe to a four-year offer sheet worth $75 million, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical.
Crabbe, 24, averaged 10.3 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game in 81 games with Portland last year.
Apparently, the Nets have promised Crabbe he'll be a starter, something Portland can't really commit to. So it'll be intriguing to see if the Blazers match.
He's certainly worthy of starting gig. In limited time (26 minutes per game), Crabbe generated 4.3 Win Shares (3.1 of them offensive). His True Shooting Percentage of 57.2 would be a savior for a Nets team that was absolutely abysmal in stretching the floor and cashing in from long range for the majority of last season.
Crabbe is a great player for Brooklyn's rebuild. He's young, and will still be useful when the Nets' draft picks come of age. And in an Eastern Conference when a lot is in flux, adding him to Kenny Atkinson's offense, which is now run by Jeremy Lin, could really help the Nets exceed expectations. The money is big, but I think it'll be a good deal in the long run.
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5:00 pm: The Nets have officially signed Jeremy Lin to a multi-year contract, the team announced on Thursday.
"We are excited to welcome Jeremy to Brooklyn," said Nets' General Manager Sean Marks. "He is a high character and competitive individual who will fit our culture moving forward, as well as the style of play that Kenny will be implementing. Jeremy is a proven veteran point guard with strong leadership qualities, who is an obvious fit in this system and city."
In 78 games for Charlotte this past season, Lin averaged 11.7 points, a career-high 3.2 rebounds, and 3.0 assists in 26.3 minutes per game.
The Brooklyn Nets and Jeremy Lin have agreed on a multi-year deal, according to multiple reports.
The deal is reportedly for three years and $36 million, according to ESPN's Marc Stein.
Lin has a player option on the third year of the deal, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical.
Lin confirmed the deal with a tweet, saying "The journey continues...thankful for the next chapter!! #Godisgood" with a Photoshopped image of him in a Nets uniform.
Lin recently declined his $2.2 million player option to become a free agent.
The Nets reportedly offered Lin a multi-year deal last offseason, but the two sides were said to be about $1.5 million apart on a starting salary.
I love this signing. In Lin, the Nets get a point guard who can actually give their offense a rudder. Brooklyn badly needs that direction. On top of that, they reunite him with Kenny Atkinson, who helped spur Linsanity in the first place. I think it's a great fit, and I can't wait to see what Lin can do for an encore in this city.
Also bear in mind that, while the numbers seem huge, none of these deals that free agents sign this year will be quite as prohibitive as them seem. With the upcoming salary cap explosion, teams are going to gain plenty of room to maneuver, so a $12 million per season deal for Lin won't even be close to that large of a cap hit by the second year of the deal.
Markel Brown will be an unrestricted free agent after Brooklyn rescinded their qualifying offer on him, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical.
Brown has played two seasons with the Nets, where he has averaged 16.2 minutes per game in 109 games played. He averages 5.3 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game.
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The Nets officially announced their new coaching staff on Tuesday.
The Nets hired former New York Knicks and Atlanta Hawks assistant coach Kenny Atkinson to be their head coach for the 2016-2017 season in April, after which he began assembling the staff he will bring to Brooklyn with him. The hires include…
Jacque Vaughn: Vaughn's experience includes a 12-year playing career in the NBA, two years as an assistant with the San Antonio Spurs and then a three and a half year stint as head coach of the Orlanda Magic where he had a 26.9% winning percentage before being fired mid-season.
Chris Fleming: Fleming only has one year of NBA experience as an assistant for the Denver Nuggets. However, he coached in the German basketball league from 1998 until 2014, where he amassed multiple championships and was once named the German League coach of the year. He is also currently the coach of the German national team.
Adam Harrinngton: Harrington was formerly Kevin Durant's personal trainer and Oklahoma City Thunder shooting coach. He is most known as the person who incorporated the Dirk Nowitzki single-legged jumper into Durant's game.
Jordan Ott: Ott served with Atkinson in the Atlanta Hawks organization, where he was the team video coordinator for three seasons. Point guard Jeff Teague once publicly referred to him as his favorite assistant. Ott has also previously worked with Atkinson on the Dominican Republic National Team.
Mike Batiste: Batiste is a one-year NBA player whose coaching experience most notably features two years as an assistant with the Canton Charge of the NBA Development League (Cavaliers affiliate).
Bret Brielmaier: Brielmaier has been an assistant coach for the Cleveland Cavaliers since July 2013 after four years in the San Antonio Spurs organization, where he was promoted all the way to video coordinator.
Will Weaver: Weaver is a 31 year-old analytics expert who was the Philadelphia 76ers video coordinator since 2014. He left the 76ers to join the Nets due to his wife who is pursuing a fellowship at Colombia Medical School.
For the first time since the move to Brooklyn, it finally feels like the coaching staff has been cleaned out and re-made, and it should bring a completely modern outlook to the organization. It feels fantastic.
It's a really eclectic mix, but you can see how the common bond ties throughout. It's clear that when Sean Marks and Kenny Atkinson put this staff together, they had a vision as to the product of basketball they want their team to play, and how each individual coach is going to have a specific role in bringing that to pass.
Atkinson has been known to get the most out of his players and aid their development, and from the looks of it, his first staff will strive to excel in the same ways. I'm eager to see how it all comes together on the floor.
The Nets have announced their Summer League roster, which is as follows...
Miami Heat restricted free-agent guard Tyler Johnson has agreed to sign a four-year, $50 million offer sheet with the Brooklyn Nets, Yahoo's Adrian Wojnarowski reported Sunday.
After Johnson signs the offer sheet Thursday, at the end of the free-agent signing moratorium, the Heat will have three days to match the offer and retain Johnson, or else Johnson goes to the Nets.
Johnson was an undrafted guard in the NBA D-League in 2015 and played only 68 NBA games total the past two seasons.
Johnson would go from making $507,000 with Miami to a pact that would guarantee $18.8 million and $19.6 million in the final two seasons of the reported deal with the Nets.
The Nets are trying to complete a free-agent backcourt that includes Johnson and Jeremy Lin (three years, $36 million).
Sacramento, Chicago, Charlotte and New Orleans were among aggressive suitors for Johnson, Wojnarowski reported.
Johnson was undrafted out of Fresno State in 2014. He missed nearly three months because of shoulder surgery last season, but returned in the playoffs for Miami.
Wow, that came out of nowhere. Johnson, who was undrafted two years ago, had turned into a very solid role player for Miami, and now, he may very well get an opportunity for big minutes in Brooklyn.
If the Heat choose not to match, the Nets will add to their youth movement by still getting a player that will help them in the short term. Johnson's so athletic, and athleticism is something Brooklyn hasn't had a lot of since the move to Barclays Center. The Nets struggled mightily with their outside shooting last season, and if Johnson can repeat his 57.9 true shooting percentage from 15-16, he'll be a big shot in the arm.