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Brook Lopez Weighs 15 Pounds Less Than He Did Last Fall

Brook Lopez has lost weight since arriving at training camp last fall weighing 290 pounds.

“I’m at my playing weight,” Lopez said with a laugh. “I can attribute that to laying in bed for months, but I’m back to the weight that’s normal for me. Last I checked, I was just under 275 [pounds].”

Lopez does not believe carrying more weight caused him to fractured the fifth metatarsal in his foot last December.

“I may have been five pounds heavier, but that’s not what injured me,” he said.

 

Via Tim Bontemps/New York Post

Nets Don't Plan On Restricting Brook Lopez's Minutes

The Brooklyn Nets are optimistic Brook Lopez will make a full return from foot reconstruction surgery this season.

The Nets believed that losing Lopez made a deep run into last season's playoffs impossible.

"Missing (Brook Lopez) didn't allow us to go further (last season)..right now, there isn't a plan to put any restrictions on him," said Billy King.

Via Nets Daily

Markel Brown Breaks Hand While Working Out

Brooklyn Nets guard Markel Brown has been diagnosed with a non-displaced fracture of the fourth metacarpal in his right hand.

Brown, who was injured while working out in Las Vegas earlier on Monday, had his hand placed in a cast and will be held out of basketball activities for a period of 4-6 weeks. 

Brown, the 44th overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, was acquired from the Minnesota Timberwolves on draft night in exchange for cash considerations. He recently completed his senior season at Oklahoma State, averaging 17.2 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.4 assists in 35.3 minutes per game and earning All-Big 12 Second Team honors for the second consecutive season. 

Via RealGM Staff Report

Nets Hire Paul Westphal, John Welch, Tony Brown, Joe Wolf, Jay Humphries On Coaching Staff

The Brooklyn Nets have named Paul Westphal, John Welch, Tony Brown, Joe Wolf and Jay Humphries as assistant coaches.

Jim Sann will serve as an assistant coach/advance scout on new head coach Lionel Hollins' staff.

Hollins replaced Jason Kidd as coach this offseason.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Nets Sold Kyle Korver To Cover 2003 Summer League, Purchase Copy Machine

The then-New Jersey Nets picked Kyle Korver with the 51st overall selection in the 2003 NBA Draft and sold his draft rights to the Philadelphia 76ers for $125,000.

The cash covered the Nets' Summer League bill and they spent the leftover money on a new copy machine.

Korver developed into one of the NBA's most valued swingmen.

“We gave away a good player for summer league,” says Rod Thorn, the Nets GM at the time. “It was just one of those things we had to do. At least, that’s how I rationalized it.”

“The game over the last four or five years has become so much more suited to the way he plays today,” says Jerry Sloan, who coached Korver in Utah.

Multiple current GMs say passing on Korver in the draft ranks as one of the worst mistakes of their respective careers.

Via Zach Lowe/Grantland

Bojan Bogdanovic Signs Three-Year, $10.1M Deal With Nets

The Brooklyn Nets have agreed to a three-year, $10.1 million deal with Bojan Bogdanovic.

Bogdanovic was the 31st overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft.

Bogdanovic averaged 13.4 points, 2.2 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 61 games last season with Fenerbahce Ulker.

Via Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Cassell, Kidd's Departure Led To Pierce Signing With Wizards

Paul Pierce became an option for the Washington Wizards in free agency following the surprising departure of Jason Kidd, according to sources.

The Wizards sent Sam Cassell to meet with Pierce in Las Vegas, as the two were formerly teammates with the Boston Celtics. Cassell is an assistant coach for the Wizards.

Marcin Gortat, John Wall and other Wizards sent Pierce texts and also placed calls.

The Wizards turned to Pierce when they stood firm on their price for Trevor Ariza.

Via Zach Lowe/Grantland

Alan Anderson Agrees To Two-Year, $3M Deal With Nets

Alan Anderson has signed a two-year deal with the Brooklyn Nets worth approximately $3 million.

The 15-16 season of the contract is a player option.

Via Shams Charania/RealGM

Paul Pierce Agrees To Sign With Wizards On Two-Year, $11M Deal

Paul Pierce will sign with the Washington Wizards on a two-year deal at the mid-level exception for $10 million. The second season will be a player option.

The Wizards were on the market for a small forward following the departure of Trevor Ariza.

Pierce spent last season with the Brooklyn Nets.

Tim Bontemps of the New York Post reports that the Nets were given the opportunity to re-sign Pierce, but passed. The Nets would have had to pay upwards of $20 million in luxury taxes to re-sign Pierce.

Via Marc Stein/ESPN

Bucks Hire Joe Prunty As Top Assistant Coach

The Milwaukee Bucks have hired Joe Prunty as Jason Kidd's top assistant coach.

Prunty was an assistant coach last season with the Brooklyn Nets.

Prunty was previously an assistant for Byron Scott with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Like Kidd, Prunty is a native of the San Francisco Bay Area.

Via Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Brooklyn Nets Archives

Cavs, Nets, Celtics Agree Upon Three-Team Trade

The trade allows the Cavaliers to create approximately $24 million in cap space, with LeBron James' max contract being worth $20.7 million.

Andray Blatche Meets With Raptors

Andray Blatche has been with the Nets since 2012 and turns 28 in August.

Paul Pierce Seeking Two-Year Deal, $10M Per Season

Paul Pierce spent last season with the Nets and there is mutual interest for his return.

In Pursuit Of Max Contract Slot For LeBron, Cavs Searching For 3rd Team To Take Thornton

The Cavaliers are attempting to find a team willing to take Marcus Thornton in a three-team trade in order to create a max contract slot for LeBron James by unloading Jarrett Jack.

Nets Working On Bojan Bogdanovic Deal

Bojan Bogdanovic will sign for the taxpayer's midlevel, according to reports.

Nets Negotiating With Pierce, Uninterested In Sign-And-Trade To Clippers

The Nets are in negotiations to retain Paul Pierce.

Clippers, Nets Discuss Paul Pierce Sign-And-Trade

Paul Pierce is interested in reuniting with Doc Rivers with the Clippers.

Nets Agree To Four-Year Deal With Lionel Hollins

The Nets are on the verge of hiring Lionel Hollins as their next head coach with a deal expected later on Wednesday.

Warriors Reach Three-Year, $16M Deal With Shaun Livingston

Shaun Livingston had an outstanding season with the Nets and gives the Warriors a versatile backcourt player with good size.

Paul Pierce Receives Interest From Clippers, Grizzlies, Bulls, Mavs, Rockets

The Clippers believe they have a legitimate shot of signing Paul Pierce following Jason Kidd's move to the Bucks.

Lakers, Bulls, Rockets, Celtics, Thunder Lead NBA In 14-15 Profits

The Lakers are projected to make $100.1 million in profit for the 13-14 NBA season, comfortably the best in the NBA.

Report: Nets Projected To Take $144M Loss In 13-14

The NBA expects nine teams will end up having lost money once luxury-tax distribution and revenue-sharing payments are finalized.

Nets Considering Hollins, Karl, Jackson, Messina To Replace Kidd

Lionel Hollins, George Karl, Mark Jackson and Ettore Messina are possible head coaching candidates for the Nets.

Bucks, Nets Reach Deal On Jason Kidd

Jason Kidd will become head coach of the Bucks, replacing Larry Drew.

Bucks Only Offering Head Coaching Job To Jason Kidd

The Bucks interviewed Jason Kidd in New York on Friday.

Lionel Hollins Considered Favorite To Become Next Nets' Head Coach

Jason Kidd is not expected to remain as head coach of the Nets, which could lead to hiring Lionel Hollins.

Jason Kidd Loses Power Play With Nets, Given Permission To Interview With Bucks

Jason Kidd has received permission to speak with the Bucks.

Andrei Kirilenko Opts Into $3.3M Deal With Nets

Andrei Kirilenko averaged 5.0 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 19.0 minutes over 45 games last season with the Nets.

Nets Optimistic Kevin Garnett Will Return

Kevin Garnett has one season remaining on his current contract at $12 million.

Nets, Cavaliers In Talks To Swap Marcus Thornton For Jarrett Jack

The Nets have targeted Jarrett Jack to improve their depth at point guard.
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