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Andrei Kirilenko Situation With Nets Appears Beyond Repair

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

"Source says situation between Kirilenko and Nets probably won't be resolved until he's on another team," writes Stefan Bondy.

Lionel Hollins told the media on Friday that he's unsure if or when Kirilenko will rejoin the club on their road trip.

Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN reports that the Nets have had preliminary talks with the Philadelphia 76ers about moving Kirilenko and Sergey Karasev. Kirilenko would likely be waived by the 76ers.

Via Stefan Bondy/New York Daily News

Jason Collins Announces Retirement From NBA

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

"It has been 18 exhilarating months since I came out in Sports Illustrated as the first openly gay man in one of the four major professional team sports," wrote Collins. "And it has been nine months since I signed with the Nets and became the first openly gay male athlete to appear in a game in one of those leagues. It feels wonderful to have been part of these milestones for sports and for gay rights, and to have been embraced by the public, the coaches, the players, the league and history.

"On Wednesday at the Barclays Center, I plan to announce my retirement as an NBA player. The day will be especially meaningful for me because the Nets will be playing the Bucks, who are coached by Jason Kidd, my former teammate and my coach in Brooklyn. It was Jason who cheered my decision to come out by posting on Twitter: “Jason’s sexuality doesn’t change the fact that he is a great friend and was a great teammate.”

"Considering all the speculation about problems I might face within the locker room, Jason’s support was significant. It had been argued that no team would want to take on a player who was likely to attract a media circus from the outset and whose sexuality would be a distraction. I’m happy to have helped put those canards to rest. The much-ballyhooed media blitz to cover me unscrambled so quickly that a flack jokingly nicknamed me Mr. Irrelevant."

Via Sports Illustrated

Andrei Kirilenko Out Of Nets' Rotation

Andrei Kirilenko has fallen out of the Brooklyn Nets' rotation and was a healthy inactive for their game against the Miami Heat on Monday, saying he has "no idea" when he could receive playing time again.

“It’s tough, but there’s nothing I can do,” Kirilenko said. “I’m not the one making decisions, and it is what it is.”

Kirilenko has scored just three points in the 35 minutes he’s played across seven games. Kirilenko said Lionel Hollins has been open with him about his decision to leave him out of the rotation.

“I really appreciate it,” Kirilenko said, “but it doesn’t make things easier.”

Via Tim Bontemps/New York Post

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

Joe Johnson signed a six-year, $123.7 million contract with the Atlanta Hawks in 2010, but seriously considered the New York Knicks.

“Almost. Almost,” Johnson recalled of the Knicks’ contention. “The Knicks were the first team I met with.”

Johnson met with Mike D'Antoni, Allan Houston and James Dolan.

“We all met and talked and they had a great presentation. It was impressive. You know what threw me off more than anything?” Johnson asked. “Obviously there was the money difference, but they said, ‘You needed a place in Westchester and you needed a place in the city.’ They said you would roughly spend like $5 million.

“I was like, ‘aw, no,’ as opposed to being in Atlanta where I was already established with a solid team that was getting better every year. And I didn’t have to buy nothing or make any changes, and we had the arena and the practice facility in one place. It took me roughly 20 minutes with traffic to get there. Oh no. So then I never even imagined being in New York.”

D'Antoni isn't sure if the Knicks actually told Johnson that.

“I don’t know if we told him that,” D’Antoni said. “But he could afford it anyway. Obviously he made his choice, and for Atlanta, he was great.”

 

Via Fred Kerber/New York Post

Kevin Garnett Interested In Purchasing Wolves When He Retires

Kevin Garnett is interested in becoming an NBA owner when he retires as a player and would like to buy the Minnesota Timberwolves.

"I want to buy the Timberwolves. Put a group together and perhaps some day try to buy the team. That's what I want," Garnett said.

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

The Timberwolves were valued at $430 million in January, according to Forbes Magazine. The next NBA television contract will be extremely lucrative and is expected to raise the price of the franchise. 

Garnett has made $315 million during his career and has also earned millions in endorsements.

"He would be one of the best owners in the NBA because he understands what the players need and he understands what it takes to be successful in the NBA,” Billy King told Yahoo Sports.

Glen Taylor told the Associated Press on May that he was looking to add a minority partner who would hold an option to buy him out. Taylor also made it clear he is committed to keeping the team in Minnesota.

Via Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports

Deron Williams, Stephen Curry Named NBA Players Of Week

Deron Williams and Stephen Curry on Monday were named NBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played Monday, Nov. 3, through Sunday, Nov. 9. 

Williams led the Brooklyn Nets to a 3-1 week that included wins over the Oklahoma City Thunder and New York Knicks. He averaged 20.8 points (eighth in the conference) on .569 shooting from the field (seventh in the conference) and added 7.0 assists (tied for fourth in the conference).  

The Warriors posted a 2-1 week behind Curry, who along with the Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant paced the league in scoring at 30.0 points per game.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Timberwolves Discussed Hiring Lionel Hollins Before Kevin Love Deal

The Minnesota Timberwolves spoke to Lionel Hollins in the offseason about their open head coaching position, but the team had uncertainty due to the Kevin Love trade.

Flip Saunders ultimately did not hire Hollins and became the head coach himself. Hollins was later hired as the Brooklyn Nets' coach.

“We talked a lot about it,” Saunders said. “I think Lionel is a great coach. … But that whole thing was because of the Love situation. There was too much of the unknowns. Lionel, he’s a team who took a team to a conference finals, I thought that he was going to go to a veteran type team, and I couldn’t guarantee him that would be this type of team.

“I wanted to hire a coach that knew what we had, and since we didn’t know what we had, we went in a different direction, but he was one of the two or three guys that we talked to and seriously considered.”

Hollins did not seem interested in discussing the situation.

“We did the interview,” he said. “They hired somebody else. That’s where it went.”

Via Tim Bontemps/New York Post

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

Mikhail Prokhorov isn't actively shopping his stake in the Brooklyn Nets, but he says he will listen to offers.

Prokhorov spoke to reporters on Monday for the first time since January.

“My position is that I will not give up control of the team,” he said. “But you know, I am quite happy when somebody sending me a nice offer without taking my control of team.

“I think, for the time being, nothing is imminent, but still I think it’s not bad just to listen.”

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

“We have a great development of our brand,” Prokhorov said. “Sports aren’t predictable and we need to be patient, but I will do as much as I can do just to reach a championship.”

Via Tim Bontemps/New York Post

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 on Monday and addressed the departure of Jason Kidd from the Brooklyn Nets this past offseason.

“There is a nice proverb in English,” Prokhorov said. “Don’t let the door hit you where the Good Lord has split you.”

Kidd left the Nets to join the Milwaukee Bucks after reportedly seeking more power with the Nets.

“I think each side did what they thought was the best, and I like what we have now. I think our structure is optimal. We have a very strong, experienced coach, and a very strong GM in Billy King.”

Kidd led the Nets to a first round win over the Toronto Raptors in his lone season with the Nets.

“I think we shouldn’t get mad, I think we should get even,” Prokhorov added. “And we’ll see it on the court.”

Via Devin Kharpertian/The Brooklyn Game

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

The New York Knicks, Brooklyn Nets, Dallas Mavericks and possibly Charlotte Hornets are all teams that could be interested in Kobe Bryant, according to ESPN's Chad Ford.

The Los Angeles Lakers lost Julius Randle for the entire season on opening night and are expected to struggle to make the playoffs. The Lakers also get to keep their 2015 first round pick if it is in the top-5.

The Knicks are an especially interesting possibility due to his connection to Phil Jackson, Derek Fisher and Carmelo Anthony.

The Knicks could include young players like Iman Shumpert and/or Tim Hardaway Jr., along with a 2015 first rounder and they also have the expiring contracts of Amar'e Stoudemire and Andrea Bargnani.

"I don't think Mitch has much choice but to find ways to lose," one GM told ESPN. "They're going to be bad anyway. You don't want to be just good enough that you lose the pick and still miss the playoffs. I don't think they have the assets to get good enough to make the playoffs and I don't think they have the [expletive] to trade Kobe. It's paradoxical, but right now losing seems like the only way to really get better."

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

Via Chad Ford/ESPN

Brooklyn Nets Archives

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.

Nets Sign Willie Reed

Willie Reed averaged 14.7 points, 9.9 rebounds and 1.7 blocks in the NBA Development League last season in 49 games with the Springfield Armor and Reno Bighorns.

Lawrence Frank To Join Clippers' Coaching Staff

Lawrence Frank was previously a member of Doc Rivers' coaching staff with the Celtics.

Hamady Ndiaye Likely To Sign In China After Nets Void Deal

Hamady Ndiaye will most likely sign in the Chinese Basketball Association when his injury recovers to full strength, a source told RealGM.

RealGM Radio: On The Atlantic Division With Kharpertian, Weiss

Daniel Leroux, work through an eventful off-season in terms of players and coaches alike from the Jason Kidd fiasco to the major New York / Dallas trade that brought Jose Calderon to the Knicks.

Hamady N'Diaye Signs Camp Deal With Nets

Hamady N'Diaye will compete for the third center spot on the Nets' roster this season.

Deron Williams: Haven't Spoken To Jason Kidd Since He Left Nets

Deron Williams and Jason Kidd had a close relationship at one point.

Kevin Garnett Still Hasn't Informed Nets If He'll Play In 14-15

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

Jerome Jordan Signs With Nets

Jerome Jordan spent last season with Virtus Bologna in the Italian League.

Deron Williams Finds Living In New York 'Challenging'

Deron Williams has lived in the New York area since 2011 when he was traded to the Nets by the Jazz, but he recently expressed being displeased with his life in the area.

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.
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