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Stephen Curry, Brook Lopez Named NBA Players Of The Week

Mar 30, 2015 3:19 PM

Stephen Curry and Brook Lopez have been named the NBA's Players of the Week.

Curry helped the Warriors to a 4-0 week, with all four wins coming against teams that would be in the playoffs if the season ended today. He averaged 30.0 points (third in the conference) and 8.0 assists (second in the conference), and connected on 24-of-38 three-point field goals (63.2 percent). Curry posted back-to-back point-assist double-doubles on March 24 and 27 during wins over the Portland Trail Blazers and Memphis Grizzlies.

Lopez led the Nets to a 3-1 week behind a conference-best 28.8 points, 8.5 rebounds (10th in the conference) and 2.25 blocks (tied-third in the conference). Lopez shot 57.8 percent from the field overall and converted better than 60.0 percent twice. He recorded two point-rebound double-doubles, including a 34-point, 10-rebound effort during which he also contributed three blocks and two steals in a 91-88 win over the Charlotte Hornets on March 25.

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Tags: Stephen Curry, Brook Lopez, Golden State Warriors, Brooklyn Nets, NBA, NBA Award

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Earl Clark Signs 10-Day Contract With Nets

Mar 27, 2015 11:23 AM

The Brooklyn Nets have signed Earl Clark to a 10-day contract.

Clark played for the Shanghai Sharks of the Chinese Basketball Association this season after leaving the D-League. Clark was Player of the Month for the D-League in November with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers.

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Exec: John Calipari Driven Nuts By NBA Failure, Wants Another Chance

Mar 25, 2015 1:00 PM

John Calipari has become college basketball's most impactful coach during his tenure at Kentucky with a formula that has produced one national championship, two runner-up finishes and an undefeated season to date.

Calipari, however, did not succeed in his stint in the NBA with the New Jersey Nets.

"He desperately wants it," the front office official said about returning to the NBA. "He won’t say it out loud. The NBA is the only place he’s ever failed and it drives him nuts. He’s not the same guy he was then. He came to the NBA and he wasn’t ready. He’s ready now."

Calipari has remained close with Brett Yormark, CEO of the Nets.

The Nets could have $60 million in cap space in the summer of 2016, which coincides with the free agency of LeBron James and Kevin Durant.

"All these kids, if you look at a free agent list and check off the ones who he’s got a relationship with you could build an All-Star team," a person close to Calipari said. "Start with LeBron James."

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Tags: Brooklyn Nets, Kentucky Wildcats, NCAA, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor, NCAA Misc Rumor

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Sergey Karasev To Undergo Surgery For Dislocated Patella, Torn MCL

Mar 11, 2015 7:04 PM

Sergey Karasev has been diagnosed with a dislocated patella and a torn MCL of the right knee, along with multiple loose bodies in the knee joint, the Brooklyn Nets announced on Wednesday.

The injury occurred during the fourth quarter of last night's game versus New Orleans. Karasev will undergo surgery March 12 at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan and will be out for the remainder of the season.

Karasev played in 33 games (16 starts) for Brooklyn this season, posting averages of 4.6 points and 2.0 rebounds in 16.8 minutes per game.

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Tags: Sergey Karasev, Brooklyn Nets, NBA, NBA Injury

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Nets Receiving Interest From Geffen, China, Qatar

Mar 2, 2015 10:48 AM

The Brooklyn Nets are receiving interest in selling their franchise to parties from the United States and abroad.

Chinese conglomerate Fosun and the Qatari government’s investment fund have signaled an interest in buying the Nets from Mikhail Prokhorov.

David Geffen is also interested one year after he was unsuccessful in purchasing the Los Angeles Clippers.

Dick Parsons, who was interim CEO of the Clippers, also has interest. Parsons would need to line up investors.

The NBA hasn’t given Prokhorov clarity on whether he can sell his 80 percent stake in the team separately from his 45 percent stake in the Barclays Arena, where the Nets play, said one banker close to the sale process.

 

The league requires an owner to sell the same ratio of team and arena ownership as he originally bought, although it can waive that rule.

Sports Business Journal reported the NBA told Prokhorov he had to sell both. 

Some believe the NBA wants the Nets to wait until the Atlanta Hawks are sold.

Josh Kosman, Claire Atkinson/New York Post

Tags: Brooklyn Nets, NBA, NBA CBA

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76ers Claim Thomas Robinson On Waivers

Feb 24, 2015 4:25 PM

The Philadelphia 76ers have placed a waiver claim on Thomas Robinson.

Robinson was prepared to sign with the Brooklyn Nets if he cleared waivers.

The Denver Nuggets released Robinson this week.

Claiming Robinson allows the 76ers to exceed the salary cap floor.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Thomas Robinson, Philadelphia Sixers, Brooklyn Nets, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA Waiver

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Andrei Kirilenko Signs With CSKA

Feb 24, 2015 10:35 AM

Andrei Kirilenko has officially signed with CSKA for the remainder of the season.

Kirilenko said in a statement that at 34, "the time has come to think about ending my career at the professional level" and that he wants to do that at CSKA.

Kirilenko spent the 11-12 season with CSKA before returning to the NBA with the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Kirilenko then signed with the Brooklyn Nets before the 13-14 season.

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Thomas Robinson Agrees To Sign With Nets

Feb 23, 2015 1:47 PM

Thomas Robinson has agreed to sign with the Brooklyn Nets.

Robinson was bought out last week by the Denver Nuggets following his trade from the Portland Trail Blazers.

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Andrei Kirilenko To Sign With CSKA

Feb 22, 2015 1:09 PM

Andrei Kirilenko will sign with CSKA Moscow when he clears waivers.

Kirilenko and the Philadelphia 76ers agreed upon a buyout this weekend.

Kirilenko was traded to the 76ers by the Brooklyn Nets in December.

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Kevin Garnett Traded Back To Wolves For Thad Young

Feb 19, 2015 2:38 PM

Kevin Garnett has agreed to waive his no-trade clause to return to the Minnesota Timberwolves.

The Brooklyn Nets will acqire Thaddeus Young from the Wolves in exchange for Garnett.

Garnett was traded by the Wolves to the Boston Celtics in 2007.

The Wolves acquired Young as part of the Kevin Love deal last offseason.

Jon Krawczynski of the Associated Press reports the Wolves would like to sign Garnett to a two-year extension.

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Nets, Jazz, Pacers, Pistons Interested In Reggie Jackson
Reggie Jackson will be a restricted free agent in the offseason after he rejected a four-year, $48 million offer from the Thunder.

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Nets, Thunder Close To Brook Lopez For Reggie Jackson Trade
The deal could also be expanded to send Jarrett Jack to the Wizards and Kevin Garnett to the Timberwolves.

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Nets Interested In Brook Lopez For Reggie Jackson Trade With Thunder
The Nets need to believe they will be able to convince Reggie Jackson to re-sign in the offseason.

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Wolves Interested In Trading For Kevin Garnett
The Wolves and Nets have discussed a trade involving Kevin Garnett returning to the franchise he began his career with for Thad Young.

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Pistons Make Trade Call To Nets On Joe Johnson
The Pistons attempted to build a package for Joe Johnson around Brandon Jennings and expiring contracts.

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Nets Continue To Shop Brook Lopez
Brook Lopez has a player option for the 15-16 season.

Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports

Warriors, Hawks, Blazers In Top-10 On Both Offense, Defense
Fourteen other teams are in the top-10 in either offensive or defensive efficiency.

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Clippers Expected To Pursue Kevin Garnett If Bought Out
Kevin Garnett recently downplayed the possibility of reaching a buyout with the Nets.

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Nets, Grizzlies Interested In Andray Blatche
The Nets have a roster spot open and are interested in a potential reunion with Andray Blatche.

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Nuggets Include First Round Pick In Offer To Nets For Brook Lopez
The Nuggets were also offering J.J. Hickson and JaVale McGee in their trade package for Brook Lopez.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Kevin Garnett Resists Notion Of Buyout From Nets
Kevin Garnett resisted the idea of asking for a contract buyout from the Nets.

Brian Lewis/New York Post

Nets Refusing Nuggets' Offer Of J.J. Hickson, JaVale McGee For Brook Lopez
The Nuggets are pushing an offer of J.J. Hickson and JaVale McGee for Brook Lopez.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Nets Evaluating Lionel Hollins
Lionel Hollins is in the first season of a four-year deal worth more than $20 million.

Marc Stein, Ohm Youngmisuk/ESPN

Brook Lopez Prefers To Remain With Nets
The Nets have been pursuing a trade of Brook Lopez.

Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports

Nets, Hornets Discuss Trade Involving Joe Johnson, Lance Stephenson
Michael Jordan has been intrigued with the possibility of Joe Johnson.

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Mirza Teletovic Out For Season With Blood Clots In Lungs
In 40 games this season, Mirza Teletovic posted averages of 8.5 points, 4.9 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 22.3 minutes per game.

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Giannis, Oladipo, Mason Plumlee Confirmed For Dunk Contest
Giannis Antetokounmpo, Victor Oladipo and Mason Plumlee will participate, while Zach LaVine could also be added.

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Average NBA Franchise Valuation Now More Than $1 Billion
There are now 11 NBA teams worth at least $1 billion, compared to three a year ago.

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Brook Lopez Expected To Exercise $16.7M Option For 15-16
Brook Lopez figures to receive a lower annual amount in his next contract.

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Durant: I Like What We Have In Here, Low Post Scoring Not Our Problem
The Thunder were working towards a Brook Lopez trade this week before the Nets decided to keep him for now.

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