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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.


NBA commissioner Adam Silver speaks at the conclusion of the first round of the 2016 NBA Draft at Barclays Center. (Jerry Lai)
NBA commissioner Adam Silver speaks at the conclusion of the first round of the 2016 NBA Draft at Barclays Center. (Jerry Lai)

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


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The Brooklyn Nets introduce their offseason additions, including guard Jeremy Lin.

The Brooklyn Nets introduce their offseason additions, including guard Jeremy Lin.


Oklahoma City Thunder guard Dion Waiters reacts during the first quarter against the Golden State Warriors in Game 4 of the Western conference finals of the NBA Playoffs at Chesapeake Energy Arena. (Mark D. Smith/USA Today Sports Images)
Oklahoma City Thunder guard Dion Waiters reacts during the first quarter against the Golden State Warriors in Game 4 of the Western conference finals of the NBA Playoffs at Chesapeake Energy Arena. (Mark D. Smith/USA Today Sports Images)

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.


Oklahoma City Thunder guard Randy Foye (6) in the second quarter against the Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center. (Isaiah J. Downing)
Oklahoma City Thunder guard Randy Foye (6) in the second quarter against the Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center. (Isaiah J. Downing)

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.

With today's news of agreements with Foye, Joe Harris, and Anthony Bennett, the Nets are now up to 15 players on their roster for the 2016-17 season.


Brooklyn Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov speaks to the media before the game against the Oklahoma City Thunder at Barclays Center. (Anthony Gruppuso/USA Today Sports Images)
Brooklyn Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov speaks to the media before the game against the Oklahoma City Thunder at Barclays Center. (Anthony Gruppuso/USA Today Sports Images)

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.


Toronto Raptors forward Anthony Bennett (Tom Szczerbowski/USA Today Sports Images)
Toronto Raptors forward Anthony Bennett (Tom Szczerbowski/USA Today Sports Images)

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.

 


Toronto Raptors forward Luis Scola (4) shoots against the Atlanta Hawks at Air Canada Centre. The Raptors beat the Hawks 104-96. (Tom Szczerbowski)
Toronto Raptors forward Luis Scola (4) shoots against the Atlanta Hawks at Air Canada Centre. The Raptors beat the Hawks 104-96. (Tom Szczerbowski)

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. 


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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.

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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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Brooklyn Nets point guard Jarrett Jack (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
Brooklyn Nets point guard Jarrett Jack (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

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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Toronto Raptors forward Anthony Bennett (Tom Szczerbowski/USA Today Sports Images)
Toronto Raptors forward Anthony Bennett (Tom Szczerbowski/USA Today Sports Images)

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.


Milwaukee Bucks guard Greivis Vasquez (Jeff Hanisch/USA Today Sports Images)
Milwaukee Bucks guard Greivis Vasquez (Jeff Hanisch/USA Today Sports Images)

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.

Brooklyn had an offer sheet to Tyler Johnson matched by the Miami Heat and another one offered to Allen Crabbe matched by the Portland Trail Blazers.

 


Miami Heat guard Tyler Johnson (Tommy Gilligan/USA Today Sports Images)
Miami Heat guard Tyler Johnson (Tommy Gilligan/USA Today Sports Images)

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.

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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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Portland Trail Blazers guard Allen Crabbe holds the ball during the fourth quarter against the Miami Heat at Moda Center at the Rose Quarter. (Cole Elsasser/USA Today Sports Images)
Portland Trail Blazers guard Allen Crabbe holds the ball during the fourth quarter against the Miami Heat at Moda Center at the Rose Quarter. (Cole Elsasser/USA Today Sports Images)

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.
 


Former Nets guard Wayne Ellington is reportedly on his way to Miami. (Jeffrey Swinger)
Former Nets guard Wayne Ellington is reportedly on his way to Miami. (Jeffrey Swinger)

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.


Utah Jazz forward Trevor Booker (33) in the third quarter against the Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center. (Isaiah J. Downing)
Utah Jazz forward Trevor Booker (33) in the third quarter against the Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center. (Isaiah J. Downing)

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The Nets have confirmed their signing of Trevor Booker.

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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. 

 

 


Portland Trail Blazers guard Allen Crabbe holds the ball during the fourth quarter against the Miami Heat at Moda Center at the Rose Quarter. (Cole Elsasser/USA Today Sports Images)
Portland Trail Blazers guard Allen Crabbe holds the ball during the fourth quarter against the Miami Heat at Moda Center at the Rose Quarter. (Cole Elsasser/USA Today Sports Images)

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.


The Nets' Markel Brown, right, guards the Suns' Archie Goodwin. (Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports) (\)
The Nets' Markel Brown, right, guards the Suns' Archie Goodwin. (Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports) (\)

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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Brooklyn Nets new head coach Kenny Atkinson answers questions from the media during press conference at HSS Training Center. (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)
Brooklyn Nets new head coach Kenny Atkinson answers questions from the media during press conference at HSS Training Center. (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)

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.


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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.


Tyler Johnson has only played 68 NBA games in the course of two seasons with Miami. (Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports)
Tyler Johnson has only played 68 NBA games in the course of two seasons with Miami. (Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports)

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.


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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. 

 


NBA commissioner Adam Silver speaks before the start of the first round of the 2016 NBA Draft at Barclays Center. (Jerry Lai)
NBA commissioner Adam Silver speaks before the start of the first round of the 2016 NBA Draft at Barclays Center. (Jerry Lai)

The NBA has set the salary cap for the 2016-17 season at $94.143 million with the tax level at $113.287 million, the league announced. 

The cap floor for each team's total salary will be $84.729 million for the season.  

Three different types of mid-level exceptions have been set under the current Collective Bargaining Agreement. For this season, a non-taxpayer mid-level exception is $5.628 million, taxpayer mid-level exception at $3.477 million and $2.898 for a mid-level exception for a team with room under the cap.

The salary cap will go into effect on July 7 when teams can officially sign free agents. 


Charlotte Hornets forward Marvin Williams (2) reacts after a score in the second half against the Miami Heat in game four of the first round of the NBA Playoffs at Time Warner Cable Arena. The Hornets defeated the Heat 89-85. (Jeremy Brevard)
Charlotte Hornets forward Marvin Williams (2) reacts after a score in the second half against the Miami Heat in game four of the first round of the NBA Playoffs at Time Warner Cable Arena. The Hornets defeated the Heat 89-85. (Jeremy Brevard)

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The Hornets and Marvin Williams have agreed to a four-year, $54.5 million deal, according to The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski

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3:13 p.m.: The Nets are looking to acquire free-agent forward Marvin Williams, according to multiple reports

Reports have also indicated that the Nets have competition from the Hornets to land Williams. 

Williams, 30, has played the last two seasons with Charlotte after spending time with the Jazz and the Hawks. He averaged 11.7 points and 6.4 rebounds in 81 games with the Hornets last year. 

For his career, the 6-foot-9 forward has averaged 10.5 points per game. 


Minnesota Timberwolves center Justin Hamilton (41) and Portland Trail Blazers center Robin Lopez (42) battle for position during the third quarter of the game at the Moda Center. The Blazers won the game 116-91. (Steve Dykes-USA TODAY Sports)
Minnesota Timberwolves center Justin Hamilton (41) and Portland Trail Blazers center Robin Lopez (42) battle for position during the third quarter of the game at the Moda Center. The Blazers won the game 116-91. (Steve Dykes-USA TODAY Sports)

The Nets and center Justin Hamilton have agreed to a two-year contract, according to his agency

The 7-foot center did not play in the NBA last year, last appearing in 17 games for the Timberwolves in 2014-15. He averaged 9 points and 5.1 rebounds in 24.9 minutes per game in his brief stint in Minnesota. He most recently played overseas in Spain.

He has appeared in 49 NBA games in his career, playing with Charlotte, the TImberwolves and the Miami Heat. 

 


Portland Trail Blazers guard Allen Crabbe (23) shoots the basketball against Golden State Warriors guard Shaun Livingston (34) during the second quarter in game five of the second round of the NBA Playoffs at Oracle Arena. (Kyle Terada)
Portland Trail Blazers guard Allen Crabbe (23) shoots the basketball against Golden State Warriors guard Shaun Livingston (34) during the second quarter in game five of the second round of the NBA Playoffs at Oracle Arena. (Kyle Terada)

The Nets' next move could be to force the Trailblazers' hand with Allen Crabbe.

According to Marc Stein, the Nets spent all day Friday weighing whether to sign Crabbe to an offer sheet.

According to NetsDaily, early estimates say Crabbe could make as much as $15-$17 million per year if an offer sheet is presented.

In 81 games for Portland last season, Crabbe averaged 10.3 points, 2.7 rebounds, and 1.2 assists in 26 minutes per game.

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The Blazers could match any offer sheet Crabbe signs with Brooklyn, but I don't think it's likely they would after signing Evan Turner on Friday. So with Portland likely to let Crabbe go, the question becomes is he the right player for the Nets right now?

Obviously, they need to replace Joe Johnson, and the Nets struggled mightily from the swing position after they bought Joe out. Crabbe is young, but developing into a very steady hand. I saw Ohm Youngmisuk say on Twitter he's the perfect fit for the Nets as they rebuild, and I'm inclined to agree.

A Crabbe deal at the value estimated above still would give the Nets plenty of room to add talent, and give Jeremy Lin someone to distribute the ball to that's not named Brook Lopez. So as the Nets figure out what they want to do, count me in favor of this.

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Unable to find a trading partner, the Nets have requested waivers on G Jarrett Jack, the team announced Thursday.

Jack had been owed $6.3 million for the coming season, but only $500K of that was guaranteed. The rest of the salary would have become guaranteed had Jack remained on the Nets' roster beyond today.

Brooklyn saves $5.8 million with the move, and will free up even more cap space by stretching Jack's partially-guaranteed salary out over the next three years, according to Brian Lewis of the New York Post. For the next three seasons, Jack will count against the team's cap for around $167K per year.

If Jack is claimed off waivers by another team, that team will take on the $500K guaranteed to Jack, thus wiping that money off of Brooklyn's cap.

Previous reports

The Nets are trying to trade Jack before Thursday's buyout deadline, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical.

If the Nets are unable to trade Jack, they'll likely waive him in order to save $6 million, according to Wojnarowski.

Jack, 32, suffered a torn ACL in January but is expected to be ready for training camp.

He averaged 12.8 points, 7.4 assists, and 4.3 rebounds in 32 games this past season for the Nets.

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(Kim Klement)

The Nets will extend a qualifying offer to G Markel Brown, making him a restricted free agent, reports Zach Lowe.

Brown, 24, averaged 5.9 points, 1.5 assists, and 2.0 rebounds in 62 games for the Nets this past season.

He was drafted by the Timberwolves 44th overall in the 2014 NBA Draft before being dealt to the Nets on draft night.

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Sacramento Kings guard Rajon Rondo (9) points to his left during the second quarter against the Detroit Pistons at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Pistons win 115-108. (Raj Mehta)
Sacramento Kings guard Rajon Rondo (9) points to his left during the second quarter against the Detroit Pistons at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Pistons win 115-108. (Raj Mehta)

With free agnecy now just a few days away, the Brooklyn Nets have been linked to several free agents. Here is a list of the players Brooklyn has been rumored to be interested in:

  • Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders reports there is mutual interest between the Nets and both point guards Brandon Jennings and Rajon Rondo
  • Kyler also connected the Nets to point guard Jeremy Lin
  • Jamal Crawford is expected to receive interest from both the Nets and the Knicks, according to Dan Woike of The Orange County Register
  • Mark Stein of ESPN lists Brooklyn as one of numerous teams that will go after big man Al Horford
  • If Mike Conley decides to leave Memphis, Kyler believes the Nets are among the point guard's potential landing spots
  • Brooklyn is one of a few teams interested in Portland restricted free agent Allen Crabbe, as reported by Ian Begley of ESPN
  • David Pick, the European hoops writer, says the Nets are the favorites to land Euroleague point guard Sergio Rodriguez

 

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Obviously, there are some big names scattered in there, but I can't see Conley picking Brooklyn over the other options he'll have. But Rondo, who reportedly is interested in playing here, could be more intriguing.

Rondo is coming out of a dramatic situation in Sacramento, and I think a change of scenery will do him good. The guy is still an elite distributer (led the league with 11.7 assists per game), and could give the Nets offense a rudder it sorely needs.The potential for nightly highlights with him feeding Brook Lopez would be enough to get me interested.

The name I'm most interested by is Jennings. Obviously, it was a terrible year for the Pterodactyl last seasom. Between the midseason trade, some less-than-desirable meshing with Scott Skiles in Orlando, and a sore Achilles that bugged him all season, he saw a complete drop off in production. But if he's motivated and can get his conditioning back, he could be a great buy-low option for Brooklyn.


Charlotte Hornets guard Jeremy Lin (7) dribbles the ball during the second quarter against the Detroit Pistons at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Pistons win 112-105. (Raj Mehta)
Charlotte Hornets guard Jeremy Lin (7) dribbles the ball during the second quarter against the Detroit Pistons at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Pistons win 112-105. (Raj Mehta)

Jeremy Lin is likely to be a cap causality in Charlotte, and it could lead to his return to New York.

Lin, who recently declined his $2.2 million player option, is a free agent, and when asked where the best fit for Lin would be, ESPN's Ohm Youngmisuk said it could be with the Nets.

"Well, a lot of people are saying it's Brooklyn," Youngmisuk said. "The Nets need a new point guard, and also Jeremy Lin is very familiar with new head coach Kenny Atkinson, who was an assistant in New York when Linsanity began […] So that could be a natural landing spot. But I do think Jeremy is looking for a starting role and a big payday, because he needs to take advantage of this free agency."

The Nets could make a "hard sell" to Lin, reports Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer, who says there's less than a 50 percent chance Lin will return to Charlotte.

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.

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Sign me up for this. Lin would fit perfectly into the Nets' void at point guard that has existed since they stretched Deron Williams last offseason, and I'll admit, I'd love to see him in black-and-white just to tweak Knicks fans a little bit.

But more than that, Lin is a very cerebral, aggressive point guard that can make his young forwards better. How many times did we see the Nets hang around a game against a tough opponent last season, just to be derailed by silly turnovers from the point position. Lin would absolutely help, and it could lead to Brooklyn outplaying expectations in 2016-17.

With Jarrett Jack likely to be traded or bought out, the Nets need a vet, and I can't think of a more cost-effective of better option available to them than Lin. Bring on Linsanity, baby!


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SNY’s Justine Ward catches up with Isiah Whitehead in Coney Island to discuss coming home to play for the Brooklyn Nets.

The Nets introduced second-round pick Isaiah Whitehead, a Brooklyn-native, at Coney Island on Tuesday. Here's what we learned at his introductory press conference...

  • Whitehead said it is an amazing accomplishment to be the first Brooklyn-born player to play for the Nets 
  • Whitehead thinks highly of Portland's CJ McCollum, and wants to model his game after the 2015-2016 NBA Most Improved Player
  • The biggest accomplishment of Whitehead's career thus far has been winning the Big East Championship with Seton Hall this past season
  • Head Coach Kenny Atkinson told reporters how excited the team is for Whitehead to get to work, and how the rookie will do a great job of representing Brooklyn
  • Atkinson said he sees Whitehead as a point guard first because of his passing ability
  • Whitehead, along with Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Chris McCullough, will play for the Nets summer league team in Las Vegas, which Atkinson will coach himself

Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez (11) is pressured by Miami Heat forward Amar'e Stoudemire (5) during the second half at American Airlines Arena. The Heat won 110-99. (Steve Mitchell)
Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez (11) is pressured by Miami Heat forward Amar'e Stoudemire (5) during the second half at American Airlines Arena. The Heat won 110-99. (Steve Mitchell)

The Brooklyn Nets have hired Mike Batiste, a former Euroleague legend and D-League assistant, as the team's big man coach, as first reported by David Pick, the European hoops writer. 

Batiste, a 6'9" center/power forward, had a short NBA career before spending 12 years in Greece and Turkey. While playing in Europe, Batiste won three Euroleague championships with European powerhouse Panathinaikos.

Over the last two seasons, Batiste has served as an assistant coach for the Canton Charge, the Cavaliers D-League team. Trajan Langdon, the Nets assistant GM, worked with Batiste while in the Cavaliers organization.

With the hiring of Batiste, the Nets now have six assistant coaches under head coach Kenny Atkinson, and a combined 60+ years playing experience overseas. 

Batiste joins a coaching staff consisting of Jacque Vaughn (lead assistant), Adam Harrington (director of player development), Jordan Ott (video), Chris Fleming (second assistant and offensive coach), and Will Weaver (special assistant to the head coach).


After trading away one of their big veterans, it looked as though Nets general manager Sean Marks was tearing it down for a long-term rebuild in Brooklyn. But one report says that might not be the case.

Basketball Insiders' Alex Kennedy cites sources that tell him Marks plays to pursue a number of veterans in free agency when it opens on July 1.

After moving Thad Young to Indiana, the Nets have roughly $53 million in cap room, one of the largest numbers in the league.

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I don't really know what to think. On one hand, I'm excited, because I want to watch relevant basketball again at some point this decade. But then again, are the Nets at the point where they should be importing free agents? I'm not so sure.

With their young core of Chris McCullough, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Caris LaVert, and Sean Kilpatrick, the Nets have a lot of development to do with these players. I'm worried that if expectations get raised too high too quickly that it could be a drain on their playing time, and as a result, hinder their development.

Now, don't get me wrong, I trust Marks. He comes from a fantastic pedigree, already made a very savvy coaching hire, and definitely seems to know exactly what direction he wants to push the organization in. So I'm willing to take a wait-and-see stance. But it certainly has me very intrigued for the start of free agency.


Sergio Rodriguez returned to Europe after playing with the Knicks in 2010. (Alan Maglaque-US PRESSWIRE)
Sergio Rodriguez returned to Europe after playing with the Knicks in 2010. (Alan Maglaque-US PRESSWIRE)

The Nets are the favorites to sign Spanish point guard and former Knick Sergio Rodriguez, according to European basketball writer David Pick.

BasketUSA, a French website, reported the Nets were seeking Rodriguez, noting his ties to new Nets coach Kenny Atkinson and assistant GM Trajan Langdon. Langdon scouted Rodriguez's Real Madrid team this spring and Atkinson was an assistant coach with the Knicks in 2010.

Rodriguez played with the Trail Blazers, Kings and Knicks in four NBA seasons. He played 285 games (22 starts) and averaged 4.3 points and 3.9 assists.

He was the Euroleague Player of the year in 2014 and 2015, Euroleague MVP in 2014 (despite not starting) and made the All Euroleague team. He led Madrid to the Euroleague title in 2015 and Spain togold in the FIBA Eurobasket that year. He won a gold for Spain in the 2006 FIBA World Cup before joining the NBA. 

This past season, Rodriguez averaged 14 points and 6.2 assists in 27 Euroleague games, shooting 49.5 percent from two and 40.9 from three.


 (Noah K. Murray)
(Noah K. Murray)

The good news for the Nets is they have a first-round pick in the 2017 NBA Draft. The bad news is it isn't really theirs.

With the 2016 draft come and gone, this seems like a good time to touch on the Nets' draft-pick situation, which is dire. As part of the blockbuster draft-night trade in 2013 that sent the Nets Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett, the Nets returned to the Boston Celtics -- among other things -- first-round picks in 2014, 2016 and 2018, with the latter two being unprotected.

Additionally, the Celtics have the right to swap first-round picks with the Nets in 2017. This is where the ugliness comes in.

The 2017 draft is projected to be strong, certainly stronger than 2016 with incoming Duke freshman big man Harry Giles currently projected as the No. 1 overall pick by DraftExpress. Of the projected top-10 picks via DraftExpress, eight are incoming freshmen, including the top-rated player in the class of 2016 according to Rivals, Kansas-bound wing Josh Jackson.

The aforementioned eight freshmen including the top four in Rivals' final class of 2016 ranking: Jackson, Giles, Duke's Jayson Tatum and North Carolina State's Dennis Smith.

The Nets are very much in the conversation as having the worst roster in the NBA going into 2016-17. They have a first-time General Manager, Sean Marks, charged with cleaning up the mess left behind by Billy King, and a rookie head coach in Kenny Atkinson who, in fairness, has been universally-lauded as capable and ready for the big chair.

Still, the team is going to be bad, likely bad enough to be in the mix for the No. 1 pick, and they will have nothing to show for it because they won't have their pick. So while the Nets suffer, the Celtics will simply continue to benefit from that suffering.

Barring more transactions, the next time the Nets will have their own first-round pick is 2019.

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Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez looks for a way to the basket as Toronto Raptors center Bismack Biyombo (8) defends in the second half at Air Canada Centre. (Dan Hamilton)
Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez looks for a way to the basket as Toronto Raptors center Bismack Biyombo (8) defends in the second half at Air Canada Centre. (Dan Hamilton)

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Sean Marks is starting to leave his stamp on the Nets, but one has to wonder if the general manager has another big move in him.

The Nets were very active on draft day. It all started by dealing Thad Young for the 20th overall pick, which they used to select Caris LeVert. Then, the Nets moved up from 55 to get Isaiah Whitehead, brought in undrafted free agent Yogi Ferrell, and in the process, got themselves $55 million in cap space.

But after Brooklyn's flurry of transactions, lingering questions remain. Will the Nets use their cap space -- enough for two max free agents -- to try and turn this thing around in a hurry? Do they hoard the space, making them fully committed to the youth movement? And if they are going to be a young team, does Brook Lopez still have a place on this club?

Lopez, who signed a three-year, $63 million deal with the Nets last summer, has seen it all since being drafted 10th overall in the 2008 draft by the Nets. He's been through 12-70, watched the franchise re-brand itself after the move from New Jersey, and qualified for the playoffs in the first three years after coming to Brooklyn, only to become a lottery team again. He is set to make $21 million next season, then $22 million in 2017-18, after which he'll be a free agent.

All indications point to the Nets not being competitive until next season at the earliest. The free agent class is stronger in the summer of '17, and the Nets may wait to pounce into the market until then.

With Young in Indiana, Jarrett Jack in the final year of his deal (that the Nets may stretch out and cut ties a year early), and their young collection of prospects likely to see significant time on the court, it may make sense to move on from Lopez while he's healthy and coming off a 22 point, 8.4 rebound per game average.

That said, Boston can swap picks with the Nets next year, so there's no reason for Brooklyn to go full-blown Sixers and tank for a chance at No. 1 overall. And as we've seen in Philadelphia, sometimes a lack of veteran leadership, even on a rebuilding team, can be a huge void. Young players need to have an example set out for them on how to be a pro, and there's no one better you can learn from than the always driven and affable Lopez.

Marks expressed interest in keeping Lopez when he addressed reporters earlier this summer. Then again, he said the same thing about Thad. With almost everyone on the lookout for a big man, Lopez could probably bring Marks a nice haul. Maybe get another first rounder for next season? Or potentially bring in a player Marks thinks will work better in Kenny Atkinson's system?

Of course, Lopez would be even more attractive after this season when he's on an expiring deal, so there's little reason for Marks to rush to a decision.

Whatever path Marks takes, it's likely that Lopez has not heard the last of his name in trade rumors. And that's nothing new.

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Ferrell acknowledges the Indiana crowd after receiving a basketball for becoming the school's all-time assist leader. (Darron Cummings)
Ferrell acknowledges the Indiana crowd after receiving a basketball for becoming the school's all-time assist leader. (Darron Cummings)

The Nets' continued their active evening on Thursday, as they dipped their toe in the undrafted free agent class to build some potential depth.

Undrafted free agent Yogi Ferrell will reportedly play for the Nets in the NBA Summer League. Ferrell, who played his college ball at Indiana, set school records for career appearances, starts, and assist during his time with the Hoosiers. In his senior year, he averaged 17.3 points, 5.6 assists, and 3.8 rebounds per game and was a unanimous selection for the All-Big Ten team.

One person that thinks the Nets got a steal: Ferrell's mother, Lydia Ferrell, who tweeted Brooklyn uncovered a diamond in the rough.

"Brooklyn Nets will soon see that they have a gem," Lydia Ferrell wrote on social media. "Yogi will continue to rise to the top!"

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Ferrell intrigues me. Like Ohm Youngmisuk tweeted, Atkinson knows how to mold a point guard, and Ferrell has a ton of skill. During his time in Indiana, he showed he knows how to run an offense, and it's just a matter of whether his size will be a deterrent. With the way the game is evolving at the pro level, I think Ferrell can make the transition.

This is also a clear indication that Atkinson is going to play an active role in how the Nets develop players. Marks knows Atkinson's strength is in his relationships and his on-court tutelage, and he's building a lot of low risk, high reward stock that plays into the way the organization is structures. Time will tell if Ferrell can become an NBA regular, but I think he's in the best position possible to succeed.

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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Caris LaVert, the Nets property after trading Thaddeus Young to the Pacers, has had his last two seasons cut short by left foot injuries.

But the Nets are well prepared to deal with that specific injury, as one of the surgeries LaVert has gone though was performed by a doctor on the team's medical staff.

"You know, I went for a visit about a month ago. I knew the staff really liked me but I didn't know if they had any first-round picks," LeVert said on Thursday night. "I probably won't be doing Summer League, but my X-rays and CT scans look good. It's just a matter of rushing back right now."

LeVert's surgery was done by Dr. Martin O'Malley, who is on the Nets medical staff as a foot and ankle specialist, the AP reports.

Dr. O'Malley also performed the same surgery LaVert went through on current Nets center Brook Lopez.

LeVert averaged 16.5 points in 15 games as a senior last year and 14.9 in 18 games as a junior. He shot 40.1 percent from 3-point range in his career.

 

 


Feb 21, 2016; Queens, NY, USA; Seton Hall Pirates guard Isaiah Whitehead (15) handles the ball during the first half against the St. John's Red Storm at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
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Feb 21, 2016; Queens, NY, USA; Seton Hall Pirates guard Isaiah Whitehead (15) handles the ball during the first half against the St. John's Red Storm at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports (Anthony Gruppuso)

NEW YORK -- Isaiah Whitehead always envisioned himself as a first-round NBA Draft pick even if DraftExpress.com had him going late in the second.

So when the 6-foot-5 former Seton Hall point guard was selected at No. 42 by the Utah Jazz -- a pick that was then conveyed to the Nets in exchange for former North Carolina point guard Marcus Paige -- he said it will only serve as motivation going forward.

"It's definitely motivation," Whitehead said at Barclays Center. "I mean, I always dreamed about being a first-round pick. It didn't happen, so you've got to move on and just keep working and try to prove everyone wrong."

Whitehead wasn't invited to the Green Room and instead sat in the stands and then made his way down to the stage to meet NBA Deputy Commissioner Mark Tatum after his name was called.

"It's a blessing, man," the Brooklyn native said of playing in his home borough. "It's definitely in the books. It's a dream come true. Since Brooklyn got here, I always wanted to play for them, so it's definitely a dream come true."

He said Seton Hall coach Kevin Willard and his staff texted him after the first round and said, "Keep your head up."

"I'm like, 'Hey, if I get picked, I'm blessed,' Whitehead responded. "There's no rush to get picked. Wherever you get picked you've got to go there and take care of what you've got to take care of."

Whitehead is the first Brooklyn-born player to join the Nets since they moved from New Jersey and he will join fellow New Yorker Chris McCullough on a young squad.

"I mean, it's basically two city guys just trying to get to somewhere in life, just trying to grow and play for NBA teams," he said. "It will be a blessing to have his friends and his family there and my friends and family there and to watch us play."

ESPN's Fran Fraschilla said Whitehead needs to keep the distractions to a minimum, which shouldn't be a problem for a kid who has always had high character since his time at Lincoln High School.

"As long as he can keep the natural distractions at a minimum, those being the obvious ones, being close to home around friends and family, if he seizes this opportunity in Brooklyn, especially with a guard-oriented coach in Kenny Atkinson, I think it's a great fit for him," he said.

"And I think going in the second round is probably going to add a little bit of a chip on his shoulder to prove to people that he can play in the NBA."

There had been speculation that the Knicks might add a draft pick and bring the Coney Island native to Madison Square Garden, where he won both New York City PSAL and Big East championships. But instead, the Nets traded with Utah and will bring the Brooklyn native home.

"Actually the only time I talked to those two teams was when I worked out with them," Whitehead said. "The Nets really liked my game. They liked me since I was in school, so it's not a surprise that they picked me, but it's definitely a blessing."

Whitehead figures to make the roster for the rebuilding Nets under first-year coach Kenny Atkinson, but said he doesn't feel any pressure in coming home and playing his games in the same building he was drafted in.

"I mean, there's no pressure," he said. "I played here in high school, I've played across the bridge in Seton Hall, so it's really not far away. It's just about being about your business and taking care of what you've got to take care of."

Whitehead was one of four Big East players selected on the night, following Providence's Kris Dunn at No. 5 (Minnesota) and Marquette's Henry Ellenson at No. 18 (Detroit). Providence's Ben Bentil was selected at No. 51 (Boston).

"Once you make a decision like that, there's no looking back," Whitehead said. "You can't go back and say I should have did this, I should have did that. It's done. There's no reason to try to reflect on it and try to think about anything else because I can't take it back even if I wanted to."

"He's helped our brand immensely in the fact from where he came in as a freshman and where he is now in just two short years," Willard said at the Combine. "Obviously, getting a guy in the NBA would be phenomenal for us. It shows what we do with individual instruction, what we do being in the metro area...I'm very proud of the work he's put in, I'm very proud of the situation he's put himself in."

A scoring point guard, Whitehead should be able to find playing time with the Nets, who traded wing Thad Young to Indiana and are rebuilding.

"Basically whatever they need me to do," he said. "If they need me to be on the bench cheering, then that's what I've got to do. If they need me to play and produce, that's what I've got to do. It's a job now, so you've got to go to work every day and take care of business."

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Isaiah Whitehead is a native of Brooklyn.
Isaiah Whitehead is a native of Brooklyn.

The Nets took Seton Hall guard Isaiah Whitehead in the second round of the NBA Draft Thursday. Brooklyn took Whitehead with the 42nd overall pick, which they obtained from Utah in exchange for the 55th overall pick and cash.

The selection and trade of draft choices was reported by Yahoo's Adrian Wojnarowski.

Whitehead (6-foot-5) is from Brooklyn and played at Abraham Lincoln High.

Whitehead, who entered the draft after two years at Seton Hall, was a unanimous first-team All-Big East selection last season, averaging 18.2 points, 3.6 rebounds, 5.1 assists 1.4 blocks and 1.2 steals as Seton Hall returned to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2006 and won the Big East tournament for the first time since 1993.

The Jazz took North Carolina guard Marcus Paige with the 55th overall pick.

 

 

 


Caris LeVert had an injury-plagued career at Michigan. (Rick Osentoski)
Caris LeVert had an injury-plagued career at Michigan. (Rick Osentoski)

The Nets will acquire Michigan shooting guard Caris LeVert from the Indiana Pacers after Brooklyn traded Thaddeus Young to Indiana earlier in the day for the No. 20 draft pick.

The Pacers sent their first-round pick to the Nets on Thursday, hours before the draft began, a person with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal could not be announced until the NBA salary cap goes up in July.

LeVert had each of his last two seasons cut short by injuries to his left foot. He has had three surgeries the last two years, including one in March at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York. The March surgery was performed by Dr. Martin O'Malley, who also operated on the Nets' Brook Lopez. LeVert wrote about his injury and his background on The Players Tribune earlier this week.

He was at Barclays Center, the home of his new team, dressed in Michigan maize and blue and got a big ovation from the fans when his name was announced as Indiana's pick.

The surgery was done by

LeVert averaged 16.5 points in 15 games as a senior last year and 14.9 in 18 games as a junior.

The Nets are starting a major rebuild under new general manager Sean Marks and new coach Kenny Atkinson, but had no first-round pick in Thursday night's draft. The Celtics held th Nets' pick, No. 3 overall, as Brooklyn (21-61 last season) continues to pay for the 2013 trade that brought Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett to New York. Picking up a first-round draft pick gives the Nets another asset to either use for their roster or peddle in trade offers going forward. >> Read more at SNY.tv. . . .


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For the second straight year, the Nets are gambling that talent will persevere over a player's injury history. LeVert has been through a lot personally, from losing his father at a young age on Easter, to dealing with foot problems that made his prospect stock drop ahead of the draft. Now, to make Sean Marks' first-ever pick look good, he'll have to overcome adversity one more time. 

At 6-7 LeVert has the frame to be successful in the NBA. Draft Express says he can probably play anywhere from the 1 to the 4, and that's versatility that the Nets would really benefit from. 

This one could be a steal, but it's all going to depend on the health of LeVert's foot. Let's hope it pans out...

 

 


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(Dan Hamilton)

The Nets have traded Thaddeus Young to the Pacers for the 20th overall pick in tonight's NBA Draft and a future second-round pick, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical.

There were also several Western Conference teams interested in acquiring Young, according to Wojnarowski.

It was reported earlier this month by Basketball Insiders' Alex Kennedy that the Nets were aggressively seeking to acquire a first-round pick.

In addition to the recently-acquired 20th pick, the Nets have the 55th pick in the draft. Their original first-rounder was traded to the Celtics in 2013, and the right to swap their pick with the Clippers was dealt back in 2011.

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I think that's a good haul for the Nets. Yes, with the expanding cap, Thad would have gotten more of a cost-efficient option as his contract went on. But now, Brooklyn fans have a reason to tune into the draft, and they even got a future second-rounder to boot.

At 20 overall, the Nets should be able to make a pick similar to the Chris McCullough pick of a year ago: a ton of upside, but with a caveat. Someone like Denzel Valentine, who may be a top-five pick if not for concerns about his knee. If Sean Marks can hit on a selection like that, this trade will be a steal.

Young loved being in Brooklyn, and Nets fans loved having him. But he'll be better-served playing for a team with a chance to reach the postseason.

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Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James handles the ball against Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry during the third quarter in game seven of the NBA Finals at Oracle Arena. (Bob Donnan/USA Today Sports Images)
Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James handles the ball against Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry during the third quarter in game seven of the NBA Finals at Oracle Arena. (Bob Donnan/USA Today Sports Images)

The Cleveland Cavaliers completed the biggest comeback in NBA Finals history and spoiled the Golden State Warriors' record-breaking season by winning Game 7 of the NBA Finals, 93-89, Sunday at Oracle Arena.

LeBron James had a triple-double of 27 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists as the Cavaliers rallied from a 3-1 series deficit to beat the Warriors three times in a row for Cleveland's first championship in one of the four major sports since 1964.

Stephen Curry scored 17 points for the Warriors, who broke the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls' record for most wins in a single season. Golden State won 88 games including their 73-9 regular-season record, but fell one win shy of matching the Bulls with a ring.

Now that the season is over, here are some important dates for the Brooklyn Nets as the 2016-17 season nears:

  • June 23: NBA Draft
  • July 1: NBA free agency moratorium begins (Free agents can officially sign deals beginning on July 8.)
  • July 2-18: NBA Sumer League in Orlando, Utah and Las Vegas
  • Aug. 6-21: Olympic basketball schedule
  • Sept. 9: Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame induction

The full 2016-17 regular-season schedule will be released later this summer.

Tags: Cleveland Cavaliers , Golden State Warriors

Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan (10) goes to take a free throw against the Atlanta Hawks at the Air Canada Centre. (John E. Sokolowski)
Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan (10) goes to take a free throw against the Atlanta Hawks at the Air Canada Centre. (John E. Sokolowski)

Demar DeRozan has opted out of his contract with the Toronto Raptors and will become a free agent.

Cleveland.com's Chris Haynes has reported that DeRozan opted out of his contract ahead of his June 15 deadline to do so. The deal would have paid DeRozan $9.5 million for next season.

As a result, DeRozan will be permitted to sign with any team when free agency opens on July 1.

This winter, the Post's Brian Lewis reported the Nets intended to pursue DeRozan if he opted out of his deal.

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Masai Ujiri has already gone on record as saying priority number one for the Raptors is to bring DeRozan back. DeRozan, in turn, loves the organization and feels a sense of loyalty to them. Add to that the fact that Lewis' report of the Nets' interest in DeRozan came before they hired Sean Marks as general manager, and who knows if this is still a viable option for Brooklyn. 

That said, it'd be silly for the Nets to not at least call on DeRozan. He averaged 23.5 points this season, and that's the kind of fire power the Nets desperately need. I don't think DeRozan is going anywhere. He's far too invested in Toronto. But with management in Brooklyn eyeing him as far back as January, it's a situation that's at least worth keeping an eye on.


 (Anthony Gruppuso)
(Anthony Gruppuso)

Those in the know believe the Nets will acquire a first-round pick in the upcoming NBA Draft, which takes place on June 23.

On Sunday, Basketball Insiders' Alex Kennedy, citing sources, tweeted that both the Knicks and Nets are aggressively seeking to acquire a first-round pick.

Later, Kennedy said the prevailing notion around the league is that the Nets will acquire a first-rounder before the draft.

Currently, the Nets only have the 55th pick in the draft. Their first-rounder was traded to the Celtics in 2013, and the right to swap their pick with the Clippers was dealt back in 2011.

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This is potentially great news, but you have to wonder what the Nets would give up. A knee-jerk reaction says one of their two front court stars, Brook Lopez or Thaddeus Young. Sean Marks said less than a month ago that the team wants to keep their starting center and power forward, but I don't buy it.

If the Nets are getting a first-rounder, it has to be in a deal for one of those two. They just don't have that many attractive assets to swap, so I'd assume Young and/or Lopez have to be part of the exchange. That's not necessarily a bad thing, though.

For one, it'll clear major payroll ahead of a mega free agent class in the summer of 2017. Plus, it will give the Nets plenty of opportunities to develop their 2015 picks -- Chris McCullough and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson -- all while adding to that young crop of talent.

By doing so, that could make the borough a much more attractive place for a big-time free agent, and ultimately speed up Brooklyn's timeline on their return to relevancy. I'm very intrigued…

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