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Execs Expect Brook Lopez To Exercise $16.7M Option For 15-16

Brook Lopez is expected to pick up the $16.7 million player option on his contract for next season, according to league executives.

Lopez has reportedly been shopped in trades by the Brooklyn Nets.

Via Zach Lowe/Grantland

Pacers, Nets, Clippers Show Interest In Lance Stephenson

The Charlotte Hornets and Indiana Pacers have held preliminary trade talks on Lance Stephenson, according to sources. A deal is not imminent at this point.

The Hornets have been unwilling to attach a draft pick to Stephenson, which would have helped talks with the Pacers.

The Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Clippers have also researched Stephenson's time with the Hornets, but aren't serious at this point.

The Hornets signed Stephenson in the offseason.

Via Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Brett Brown Upset By 76ers' Decision To Trade Brandon Davies

Brett Brown was upset the Philadelphia 76ers' decision to trade away Brandon Davies in the Andrei Kirilenko deal.

The undrafted second-year player appeared in 71 games over two seasons, averaging 3.8 points, 2.6 rebounds and 13.4 minutes.

"When you start losing people that you are very fond of and have tremendous respect for ... there is a human side of it that bothers me because you are trying to grow chemistry, you are trying to grow a culture," Brown said after Thursday's practice.

"That takes a hit when teammates lose teammates. There is a respect, effort-wise, of how they go about their business. There is a reality to our job that is just business in the NBA, but it doesn't mean it has to feel right."

Davies played in every game before Tuesday, made six starts and averaged 19.0 minutes.

"He is a role player, but we saw him grow his perimeter game," Brown said. "We saw him make some turn-and-face jump shots. He always played with that reckless abandon. He is one of those low-maintenance guys that teams look for who want to have high-character, solid people at the 15, 14, 13 roster spots. I think his better days are ahead of him because he improved with us."

The 76ers could play more small-ball with their makeshift roster.

"There are a lot of moving parts, and there is going to continue to be because it is the nature of our job," Brown said. "Stability is not a word that comes to mind very often with where we are at with the Philadelphia 76ers.

"It is a tremendous challenge to keep the locker room together if they lose a teammate or friend. It is a tremendous challenge to have a semblance of order or purpose on offense or with rules on defense. It is just such a volatile situation at times."

Via Dei Lyman/Comcast

Darius Morris Signs With Nets

The Brooklyn Nets have signed free agent guard Darius Morris.

Morris (6’4”, 195) was selected with the 41st pick in the 2011 NBA Draft by the Los Angeles Lakers.

Morris joined the Philadelphia 76ers for the 2013-14 season where he appeared in 12 games with Philadelphia, averaging 6.9 points, 1.1 rebounds and 2.6 assists in 16.3 minutes per game before being waived. Morris then signed two 10-day contracts with the Los Angeles Clippers, appearing in 10 games, and one 10-day contract with the Memphis Grizzlies, seeing action in five games.

Prior to the start of the 2014-15 season, Morris signed with the Portland Trail Blazers and was among the team’s final cuts. 

Via RealGM Staff Report

Nets Create Two Traded Player Exceptions With Kirilenko Deal

The Brooklyn Nets created two traded player exceptions with their deal of Andrei Kirilenko to the Philadelphia 76ers.

One exception if for $3.4 million while the other is for $916,000.

Via Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Lance Stephenson Receiving Trade Interest, But Hopes To Remain Part Of Hornets' Turnaround

Lance Stephenson has garnered fresh trade inquiries into the Charlotte Hornets’ front office recently and wouldn’t be opposed to a potential move to the Brooklyn Nets, but hopes to remain part of and succeed in his partnership with the Hornets, league sources told RealGM.

Four to five NBA teams have shown an interest to the Hornets on Stephenson, but no deal is imminent, Stephenson has made clear his desire to help propel a turnaround and both sides believe there’s still time to salvage a productive relationship and run with the franchise, sources told RealGM.

In 21 games this season, Stephenson has averaged 10.5 points, 7.4 rebounds, 5.3 assists and 34 minutes per game. He has shot at or near career lows, as a rotation player, from the field (38.7 percent), three-point range (16 percent) and free throw line (67 percent).

Even so, the 6-foot-5 guard has become increasingly comfortable in Charlotte — playing his best basketball of the season so far in December, averaging 16.3 points, six rebounds and 4.3 assists for a 2-1 record.

As a native of Brooklyn, New York, Stephenson attended Lincoln High School in Coney Island. Privately, Stephenson, 24, has unconditional affection for the city and hopes to play for the Nets in the borough at some point in his career.

After a summer headlined by the acquisition of Stephenson to a three-year, $27.4 million deal, the Hornets have gone 6-15 this season under a blend of regression from core players, a return to the bottom tier in points allowed per game after finishing fourth behind Chicago, Indiana and Memphis in 2013-14, and fluctuating trust in the locker room.

As a key contributor toward three consecutive playoff appearances and two in the Eastern Conference Finals, Stephenson found his niche in the league and averaged nearly 14 points, seven rebounds and five assists for the Pacers a season ago. He is in his fifth NBA season out of the University of Cincinnati.

Via Shams Charania/RealGM

Nets Trade Andrei Kirilenko, 2020 2nd Rounder To 76ers

The Philadelphia 76ers have agreed to acquire Andrei Kirilenko from the Brooklyn Nets.

The 76ers will also acquire a 2020 second round pick, along with the right to swap 2018 second rounders and cash while sending Brandon Davies to the Nets.

Kirilenko has not been in Lionel Hollins' rotation this season.

Via Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Nets Make Deron Williams, Brook Lopez, Joe Johnson Available

The Brooklyn Nets have begun reaching out to teams to let them know that Deron Williams, Brook Lopez and Joe Johnson are all available via trade.

Sources say no trade is imminent involving any of the three players.

 

The Nets are looking to retool their roster after an 8-11 start to the season.

Sources insist that the Nets haven't abandoned their recent "win-now mentality" and aren't merely looking to dump salary. Brooklyn's hope, sources said, is eventually to construct a deal or two that bring back sufficient talent that enables the Nets remain a playoff team.

Via Marc Stein, Ohm Youngmisuk/ESPN

Brook Lopez To Miss Minimum Of Four Games With Lower Back Strain

Brook Lopez has a lower back strain and will miss the next four games.

Lopez will be re-evaluated in a week.

Via Stefan Bondy/New York Daily News

Family Matter Likely To Delay Resolution To Andrei Kirilenko Situation With Nets

Andrei Kirilenko's desire to tend to a family matter in New York appears to make a trade from the Brooklyn Nets impractical for the foreseeable future.

The Cleveland Cavaliers and Los Angeles Clippers are two teams with a need for a player like Kirilenko that will need to wait to see if he becomes available close to the deadline.

The Nets have been working to find a team that’ll take the balance of his $3.3 million deal for the 2014-15 season, but a family matter that may require him remaining in New York until January or February could make it difficult for the Nets to trade him soon, sources said.

Kirilenko doesn’t have to accept a contract buyout and cost himself money. He can wait until the February trade deadline and become a low-risk addition elsewhere in the NBA.

“Andrei has all the power now,” one rival executive told Yahoo Sports. “He can say he likes the situation enough to play or not to play.”

 

Via Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Brooklyn Nets Archives

Andrei Kirilenko Situation With Nets Appears Beyond Repair

Andrei Kirilenko has left the Nets for their roadtrip as he has received several healthy scratches in recent games.

Jason Collins Announces Retirement From NBA

Jason Collins has announced his retirement from the NBA in a piece in Sports Illustrated.

Andrei Kirilenko Out Of Nets' Rotation

Andrei Kirilenko has scored just three points in the 35 minutes hes played across seven games.

Joe Johnson Had Issue In Free Agency With Knicks' Facility Being Outside City

Joe Johnson seriously considered signing with the Knicks in 2010.

Kevin Garnett Interested In Purchasing Wolves When He Retires

Kevin Garnett was drafted by the Wolves in the 1995 NBA Draft and spent 12 seasons there before being traded to the Celtics.

Deron Williams, Stephen Curry Named NBA Players Of Week

Deron Williams led the Nets to a 3-1 week.

Timberwolves Discussed Hiring Lionel Hollins Before Kevin Love Deal

The Timberwolves spoke to Lionel Hollins in the offseason about their open head coaching position.

Prokhorov Willing To Sell Part Of Nets But Won't Give Up Ownership Control

Mikhaeil Prokhorov has rationalized spending more money than any other owner on his roster in recent seasons without actually contending for a title.

Prokhorov On Kidd: Don't Let The Door Hit You Where The Good Lord Split You

Mikhail Prokhorov spoke to the media for the first time in nearly a year.

Knicks, Nets, Mavs, Hornets Could Conceivably Be Interested In Kobe

Kobe Bryant's contract expires after the 15-16 NBA season.

Nets Waive Casper Ware

Casper Ware was acquired in this week's trade with the 76ers and was on a non-guaranteed contract.

Nets Trade Marquis Teague, 2nd Round Pick To 76ers For Casper Ware

Marquis Teague appeared in 40 games for the Bulls and the Nets last season.

Nets Exercise Options On Mason Plumlee, Sergey Karasev

Mason Plumlee and Sergey Karasev will remain under contract through at least the 2015-16 season.

Nets Waive Willie Reed

Willie Reed posted averages of 4.0 points and 4.0 rebounds in two preseason contests.

Kidd Denies Seeking More Power From Nets

Jason Kidd returns to New York to face the Knicks on Monday.

RealGM Radio: Arturo Galletti On NBA Season Over-Unders

In this two-part episode, host Daniel Leroux and Arturo Galletti of BoxScoreGeeks go through the over-unders for all 30 NBA teams for the 14-15 season.

Brook Lopez Out 10-14 Days With Foot Sprain

Brook Lopez sustained a mild right midfoot sprain, but x-rays are negative.

NBA To Experiment With 44-Minute Game

The league wants to examine the flow of a shorter game as compared to the standard 48-minute game.

Nets Unlikely To Partner With Dodgers In Ownership

Mikhail Prokhorov still wants to sell some of his 80 percent stake in the Nets.

Nets In Talks With Guggenheim On 'Combination Of Assets'

Mikhail Prokhorov would remain in control of the Nets, say sources close to the discussions.
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