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Irina Pavlova Leaving Position With Nets

Apr 12, 2017 8:16 PM

Irina Pavlova is leaving the Brooklyn Nets next month.

Pavlova has served as a U.S.-based liaison for the Nets’ Russian-based ownership group since 2010 and was a top advisor to Mikhail Prokhorov.

Pavlova serves on the board of directors for the Nets and Brooklyn Arena LLC, the company that runs the Barclays Center.

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Nets To Again Pursue RFAs With Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Otto Porter Targeted

Apr 7, 2017 12:33 PM

The Brooklyn Nets are expected to pursue both Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Otto Porter in restricted free agency.

Both Caldwell-Pope and Porter will be restricted free agents this offseason.

During last year's offseason, the Nets signed both Allen Crabbe and Tyler Johnson as restricted free agents to offer sheets. The Portland Trail Blazers and Miami Heat matched the Nets' aggressive offers for both Crabbe and Johnson respectively.

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Tags: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Otto Porter, Detroit Pistons, Washington Wizards, Brooklyn Nets, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Nets Creatively Honored Agreements With Cliff Alexander, Prince Ibeh

Apr 4, 2017 6:11 PM

The Brooklyn Nets made a series of moves over the weekend that will have no impact on the court this year, but could pay off down the line.
 
Earlier this season, Brooklyn agreed to sign Cliff Alexander and Prince Ibeh, who both played for the Nets' D-League affiliate in Long Island, to 10-day contracts. Injuries to both players scuttled those plans and the Nets moved in different directions. With the opportunity to keep their word and curry some favor with agents and players alike, Brooklyn made good on their promise in a somewhat unconventional way.
 
On Sunday, the Nets early terminated the second 10-day contract for Archie Goodwin. They then signed Alexander to a 10-day contract and immediately terminated it by waiving him. They completed the same actions with Ibeh. This guaranteed both Alexander and Ibeh the 10-day salary of $31,969 and gave both credit for a year of service in the NBA. This brings Alexander to two years and Ibeh to one. Brooklyn then moved on to sign Goodwin to a multi-year contract on Tuesday, as was their original plan all along.
 
With a series of six transactions and a total cost of just under $64,000, Brooklyn made good on three promises: 10-day deals for Alexander and Ibeh and signing Goodwin long-term.
 
This type of dealing shows that Sean Marks and the Nets ownership are committed to keeping their word and will be seen favorably by agents, and thus their players, around the league. And for Alexander and Ibeh, in addition to some extra pay, they can now sign contracts for higher veteran minimums. Alexander is now eligible for $1.47 million versus $1.31 million, and Ibeh eligible for $1.31 million vs $800 thousand. That extra potential money will go a long way for two players who spent most of the year in the D-League.

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Tags: Cliff Alexander, Prince Ibeh, Archie Goodwin, Brooklyn Nets, NBA

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Archie Goodwin To Sign Two-Year Deal With Nets

Apr 3, 2017 11:33 AM

The Brooklyn Nets are finalizing a two-year contract with Archie Goodwin.

Goodwin's second 10-day contract with the Nets expires on Monday.

Goodwin's deal will include guarantee dates for 17-18.

In seven games for the Nets, Goodwin has averaged 6.6 points and 1.9 assists, while shooting 57.1 percent from the field.

Goodwin was the 29th overall selection in the 2013 NBA Draft out of Kentucky.

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Nets Sign Archie Goodwin To 2nd 10-Day Contract

Mar 24, 2017 3:28 PM

The Brooklyn Nets have agreed to sign Archie Goodwin to a second 10-day contract.

Goodwin was released by the Phoenix Suns before the start of the season. Goodwin also briefly played for the New Orleans Pelicans this season.

Goodwin has averaged 8.7 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.7 assists in 13.2 minutes per game since joining the Nets.

Goodwin was a late first round pick in 2013 after one season at Kentucky.

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Nets To Pursue Kentavious Caldwell-Pope In Free Agency

Mar 22, 2017 1:12 PM

The Brooklyn Nets will make Kentavious Caldwell-Pope a top priority this offseason as he hits restricted free agency.

Caldwell-Pope has become the most important player on the Detroit Pistons over the past year.

“You can make the argument that he’s their most important player now. So I think that just shows you the impact that he’s had. He’s gone from defender to arguably their MVP,” said Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie, who was drafted by Detroit in 2014 and spent his first two seasons playing alongside Caldwell-Pope.

The Vertical reported Detroit doesn’t want to give him a max contract, but it may not have a choice. The Post has confirmed the Nets’ interest and ESPN intimated they would go that high to get him.

“I’m impressed,’’ Nets coach Kenny Atkinson said when asked about Caldwell-Pope. “I love how he competes, how he competes on the defensive end. That’s really the essence of what I see when I watch him play. He plays with force, he competes on the defensive end.

“On a given night he can get 35 on you easily. His speed off the ball, coming off those [dribble handoffs], flying off and somehow [you’re] going to have to find a way to stay attached, stay close to him.”

The Nets can offer Caldwell-Pope a four-year, $103 million offer, but Detroit can offer a five-year deal and still not hit the luxury tax. 

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Tags: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Detroit Pistons, Brooklyn Nets, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Dwight Howard Expected Magic To Trade Him To Brooklyn In 2011

Mar 17, 2017 10:50 AM

Now that Dwight Howard has had a quiet and productive existence with the Atlanta Hawks, he talked about the end of his time with the Orlando Magic.

Howard claims the Magic agreed to trade him after the 2011 lockout before he could opt out in 2012. Howard ended up opting in with the Magic in March, which took away his free agency option and led to his trade to the Los Angeles Lakers.

"After the situation in Orlando, I never really came out and said my side of the story about what was going on there while I was there and the reasons for me wanting to leave," said Howard. "After that, people just decided that, ‘He’s not going to talk about it, so we might as well come up with a narrative and what we think went on in L.A. and what went on with Kobe [Bryant] and what we think happened with James [Harden].’ I never had a personal vendetta with either one of those guys. People took it as me having a problem with them being on a team with another superstar.

"I’ve never been the one to say, ‘OK, I want to talk about this because it was an issue with me.’ But everyone else kind of made it a storyline. And here in Atlanta, there is no storyline."

Howard was asked about what really happened with Orlando.

"I really hate going back with it. There were a lot of different things that happened in Orlando that people never talked about. Before the season even started during the lockout, I asked them privately, I even talked to [teammate] Jameer [Nelson] and [then-general manager] Otis [Smith] and I said, ‘Hey, I just want a change in my life. It has nothing to do with [then-coach] Stan Van Gundy. This has nothing to do with the players here in Orlando. It has nothing to do with Orlando itself.’ I just felt I was too comfortable and I wanted more for myself and more for basketball.

"It had nothing to do with the team. They said they were going to try to move me. I thought it was going to happen. They came in and said, ‘We’re going to trade you.’ They shook my hand and said, ‘God bless you. You were here for eight years and you did a great job.’ They asked me to go shake my teammates’ hands. I went and shook their hands and told them that the team was going to trade me. I woke up the next day and they said, ‘We’re not going to trade you.’

"This was right after the [2011 NBA] lockout. I was supposed to get traded right before training camp. I had asked them to trade me to Brooklyn and I thought that was going to happen. They decided they weren’t going to trade me and that was when all hell broke loose. People said I was doing this in the locker room, doing that. But I’ve never been that kind of guy. I told my agent, ‘Listen, they want me here, so I will just stay here until the end of the season and I’ll make a decision after that. Let’s not fight it. Let’s not go back and forth. Let’s not talk about it.’

"And we did that. But every day in the media it was a different story. I was the type of person where I’m not going to focus on what is being said. I’m going to focus on winning and trying to win for this team while I’m here."

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Tags: Dwight Howard, Atlanta Hawks, Orlando Magic, Brooklyn Nets, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Archie Goodwin To Sign 10-Day Contract With Nets

Mar 15, 2017 10:56 AM

The Brooklyn Nets will sign Archie Goodwin to a 10-day contract.

Goodwin had been playing for Greensboro in the D-League. Goodwin averaged 17.0 points, 5.2 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 32.7 minutes over 34 games with Greensboro.

Goodwin was released by the Phoenix Suns in October after three seasons with the team. Goodwin played three games earlier in the season with the New Orleans Pelicans.

Goodwin was the 29th overall pick out of Kentucky in 2013 after one season at Kentucky. Goodwin won't turn 23 until August.

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Tags: Archie Goodwin, Brooklyn Nets, Greensboro Swarm, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, D-League, D-League Teams

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Mikhail Prokhorov 'Trying To Be Zen About Process'

Mar 10, 2017 1:26 PM

After a brash approach to building a title contender that failed, Mikhail Prokhorov took a step back and hired Sean Marks to replace Billy King as general manager.

Marks outlined a vision for the Nets that included a high end analytics group, a performance staff that touches each player daily with designated individual sessions, regular interactions with mental health experts and revamping the family room to create a more welcoming environment for wives and children and parents,. At the core of Marks' vision, he explained, was a long-term plan of developing consistency and excellence that would require years, not months.

"I was clear in our meeting," Marks said. "I told them, 'If you are looking for a quick fix or similar to what you did before, I'm the wrong guy.'"

"There was a humility to the ownership group when I met them," Kenny Atkinson said. "They put up their hands and said, 'We did it this way, and it didn't work. We're going to do it another way.' That's got to be hard, especially for a billionaire who has been extremely successful."

Prokhorov declined a phone interview with ESPN, saying his English is not good. He instead emailed: "There is no shortcut to a championship." Initially, his approach was to run the Nets "in the same way I've approached my business, which, by the way, has brought considerable success. That is to say, throw everything you've got at a challenge, and you're bound to be the victor."

Yet Prokhorov acknowledges Brooklyn's current situation is different, and that winning "requires the patience to build, step by step."

Prokhorov was asked if he'll continue to be patient.

"I try to be zen about it," Prokhorov writes. "It's a process, as they say."

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Nets Waive Luis Scola

Feb 27, 2017 11:18 AM

The Brooklyn Nets have requested waivers on Luis Scola.

Scola, who signed as a free agent with the Nets on July 13, 2016, appeared in 36 games for Brooklyn this season, recording averages of 5.1 points and 3.9 rebounds in 12.8 minutes per game. In 743 career NBA games with the Nets, Raptors, Pacers, Suns and Rockets, the 10-year NBA veteran has averaged 12.0 points, 6.7 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 25.6 minutes per game.

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Rockets Trade K.J. McDaniels To Nets
The Rockets will be able to use K.J. McDaniels' $3 million cap space on the buyout market.

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Wizards Acquire Bojan Bogdanovic From Nets
The Nets haver agreed to trade Bojan Bogdanovic to the Wizards.

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Nets Drop Asking Price For Brook Lopez
The Nets have been seeking two first round picks in exchange for Brook Lopez, but they now are willing to accept a first round pick and a second round pick.

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Nets Sell $8M Annual Jersey Sponsorship To Infor
Info is a closely held software company backed by Koch Industries Inc.

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Quincy Acy Agrees To Two-Year Deal With Nets
Quincy Acy has been on two 10-day contracts with the Nets.

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Jeremy Lin Out 3-5 More Weeks After Re-Aggravating Hamstring
Jeremy Lin has only played in 12 out of the Nets' 41 games this season.

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Nets Sign Quincy Acy To 2nd 10-Day Contract
Quincy Acy has averaged 6.3 points and 2.0 rebounds in four games of his first 10-day with the Nets.

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Quincy Acy To Sign 10-Day Contract With Nets
In 12 games in the D-League this season, Quincy Acy is averaging 17.3 points, 8.2 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 1.6 steals and 2.0 blocks in 31.9 minutes per game.

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Nets Waive Anthony Bennett
Anthony Bennett appeared in 23 games with the Nets this season, averaging 5.0 points and 3.4 rebounds in 11.5 minutes per game.

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Nets Asking For Two First Rounders For Brook Lopez
After struggling with injuries earlier in his career, Brook Lopez has remained healthy over the past few seasons.

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Nets Assign Chris McCullough To D-League
Chris McCullough has averages of 19.6 points and 8.5 rebounds in 32.1 minutes per game in the D-League.

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Jeremy Lin Returns From Strained Left Hamstring
Jeremy Lin played in his first game since Nov. 2nd when he suffered a strained left hamstring.

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Nets Sign Spencer Dinwiddie To Partially Guaranteed Three-Year Deal
Spencer Dinwiddie was averaging 19.4 points, 3.7 rebounds and 8.1 assists in nine games in the D-League this season.

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Nets Waive Yogi Ferrell
Yogi Ferrell appeared in 10 games for the Nets posting averages of 5.4 points and 1.7 assists in 15.1 minutes per game.

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Rockets Match Donatas Motiejunas' Four-Year, $37M Offer Sheet
The Rockets have matched the offer sheet Donatas Motiejunas signed with the Nets.

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Nets Sign Donatas Motiejunas To Four-Year, $37M Offer Sheet
With Donatas Motiejunas being a restricted free agent, the Houston Rockets have 72 hours to match.

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Nets Considering Signing Donatas Motiejunas
Donatas Motiejunas is visiting with the Nets and undergoing a physical.

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Mikhail Prokhorov Looking To Sell Minority Stake In Nets To Local Investor
Mikhail Prokhorov in a statement didnít say how much of the team heís looking to sell.

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Anthony Bennett, Chris McCullough Assigned By Nets To D-League
In 10 games with Brooklyn this season, Anthony Bennett has averaged 5.3 points and 2.6 rebounds in 10.3 minutes per game.

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Nets Release Greivis Vasquez, Sign Yogi Ferrell
Yogi Ferrell was a final cut by the Nets and had been preparing to play for their D-League affiliate.

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