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Billy King: We Took Our Shot, It Didn't Work

Nov 22, 2015 12:35 PM

The Brooklyn Nets have taken a step back this season on purpose as they've cleared cap space for 2016.

But their draft pick will go to the Boston Celtics as part of the trade for Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce.

“We took our shot and it didn’t work,” Billy King said. “And now to see some of these guys develop and to get it back and for us to have the cap space [next summer], we can do it pretty quickly. We want to win but we knew we may take a step back when some of the decisions were made. But what I like is we’ve put ourselves in the position to beat a Golden State, we just didn’t make the right plays. That’s just learning how to win. We’re talking the steps.”

Gary Washburn/Boston Globe

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Nets Making 'Exploratory Calls' On Possible Trades

Nov 10, 2015 6:11 PM

The Brooklyn Nets have interest in making a trade though Billy King doesn't expect it to be drastic.

The Nets are projected of having $40 million in cap space and don't want to make a short-sighted move.

“We can trade now and eat all that space up, get to 30-something wins and make the playoffs in the eighth spot,” King said at the team’s New Jersey practice facility Monday afternoon. “[But] then, where’s the future now? So it’s about adding the right pieces and being patient.

“We didn’t get here overnight, and we are not going to get out of it overnight. That’s reality. There is not something where it’s, ‘OK, this is the magic wand and we are going to do this and it’s going to change overnight. We knew that going in, we knew that when we made those decisions and it didn’t work, and so now we’ve got to gradually, systematically dig yourself out of it.”

King said he’s made some “exploratory calls” about trades.

The Nets are currently 0-7.

Tim Bontemps/New York Post

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Brook Lopez Avoids Serious Injury In Surgically-Repaired Foot

Nov 9, 2015 12:35 PM

Brook Lopez has avoided another injury to his foot.

Lopez has had three surgeries on his right foot and he had to leave Saturday's game with soreness.

X-rays on his foot were negative and no further tests are scheduled.

The Brooklyn Nets expect Lopez to be in their lineup on Wednesday against the Houston Rockets.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

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Long Island Nets To Become Brooklyn's D-League Team

Nov 6, 2015 9:26 PM

The NBA Development League and the Brooklyn Nets today announced that the club has acquired the right to own and operate an NBA D-League team. The new team, the Long Island Nets, will begin play in the 2016-17 season at Barclays Center in Brooklyn before relocating to its permanent home at the new Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum for the 2017-18 campaign.

The Nets become the record 12th NBA team to fully own and operate its NBA D-League affiliate, while the NBA D-League expands to a record 21 teams for the 2016-17 season.

“Today’s announcement is an exciting one – not only for the NBA D-League, which welcomes the league’s record 21st team; or the Nets, who will have a place for young talent to develop; but for Nets fans,” said Malcolm Turner, NBA D-League President. “The NBA D-League is a place where talented young athletes refine their skills and develop into NBA contributors, and fans in Brooklyn, and later on Long Island, are sure to enjoy watching current and future NBA talent in an affordable, family-friendly atmosphere. I’m excited to work with the Nets’ executive staff as we ramp up to the start of the 2016-17 season together.”

“The creation of a D-League club goes hand in hand with the building of a younger, more athletic Brooklyn Nets team,” said Brooklyn Nets Principal Owner Mikhail Prokhorov. “It will provide additional roster opportunities that will serve us well as we focus on realizing the full potential of our coaches and players, current and future.”

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Nets Hire Randy Ayers, Bob Bender As Scouts

Nov 4, 2015 1:00 AM

The Brooklyn Nets have hired Randy Ayers as college scout and Bob Bender as pro scout.

Ayers joins the Nets following a five-year stint as an assistant coach with the New Orleans Pelicans, including serving the last four years as the team’s lead assistant coach. Ayers began his NBA coaching career as an assistant coach with the Philadelphia 76ers in 1997 under head coach Larry Brown, helping to guide the Sixers to five consecutive playoff appearances, including a trip to the NBA Finals in 2001. He then assumed the position of head coach for the 2003-04 season, compiling a 21-31 record in his lone season at the helm.  

Bender joins the Nets after most recently spending the 2013-14 season as an assistant coach with the Milwaukee Bucks. Before joining the Bucks, Bender spent nine seasons on the bench in Atlanta, serving his final three seasons as an assistant under Larry Drew. 

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Nets Waive Justin Harper, Dahntay Jones

Oct 26, 2015 5:17 PM

The Brooklyn Nets have requested waivers on forward Justin Harper and guard/forward Dahntay Jones.

Harper, who signed with Brooklyn on September 18, appeared in six preseason contests with averages of 9.0 points, and 4.7 rebounds in 19.1 minutes per game.

Jones, who signed with Brooklyn on September 10, averaged 7.5 points and 2.0 rebounds in four preseason games.

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Thunder, Celtics, Grizzlies Finish Preseason Top-3 In Efficiency Differential

Oct 26, 2015 1:02 PM

The Oklahoma City Thunder led the NBA in efficiency differential during the preseason with a mark of +12.5.

During the 14-15 preseason, the Golden State Warriors had the league's best mark with +11.0, which became a first indicator of their jump as title contenders.

Here's the full rankings from the 15-16 preseason:

1. Thunder: 12.5
2. Celtics: 11.6
3. Grizzlies: 11.5
4. Wizards: 10.4
5. Hornets: 10.0
6. Pistons: 7.1
7. Raptors: 5.6
8. Pacers: 4.7
9. Knicks: 4.0
10. Suns: 3.9
11. Nuggets: 3.5
12. Kings: 3.3
13. Magic: 2.8
14. Blazers: 1.8
15. Jazz: 0.4
16. Heat: 0.0
17. Hawks: -0.7
18. Rockets: -0.7
19. Nets: -1.0
20. Warriors: -1.3
21. Spurs: -1.9
22. Lakers: -2.1
23. Bucks: -3.4
24. Bulls: -3.6
25. Pelicans: -3.6
26. Clippers: -4.2
27. Cavaliers: -6.5
28. 76ers: -8.6
29. Mavericks: -10.7
30. Wolves: -11.0

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Ryan Boatright, Quincy Miller, Chris Daniels Waived By Nets

Oct 20, 2015 3:12 PM

The Brooklyn Nets have requested waivers on guard Ryan Boatright, forward Quincy Miller and center Chris Daniels. 

Boatright (6’0”, 170) signed with Brooklyn as a free agent on July 2 after going undrafted out of Connecticut in the 2015 NBA Draft. In four preseason games with the Nets, Boatright posted averages of 4.3 points, 1.5 rebounds and 3.8 assists in 13.9 minutes per game.

Miller (6’9”, 210) was acquired by the Nets from the Detroit Pistons on July 13 in exchange for guard Steve Blake. In four preseason appearances with Brooklyn, Miller averaged 1.5 points and 2.0 rebounds in 7.4 minutes per game.

Daniels (6’9”, 265) signed with the Nets as a free agent on September 23 and averaged 7.4 points and 2.8 rebounds in 13.0 minutes per game across five preseason appearances with Brooklyn.

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Justin Harper Signs With Nets

Sep 18, 2015 10:23 PM

The Brooklyn Nets have signed forward Justin Harper.

Harper (6’10”, 225) joins the Nets after spending the 2014-15 season with S.S. Felice Scandone in Italy’s Serie A.

Originally selected with the 32nd pick (second round) of the 2011 NBA Draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers, Harper was dealt to the Orlando Magic on draft night. He appeared in 14 games with the Magic during his rookie season, averaging 1.4 points and 0.9 rebounds in 6.0 minutes per game. He also saw action in one postseason game. Following his rookie season, Harper competed for the D-League’s Idaho Stampede (2012-13) and Hapoel Tel Aviv of the Israeli Premier League (2013-14) before landing in Italy.

Most recently, Harper was a member of the Phoenix Suns’ entry in the 2015 Las Vegas Summer League.

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Deron Williams' Struggles With Nets Both Physical, Mental

Sep 17, 2015 5:30 PM

The issues Deron Williams faced during his tenure with the Brooklyn Nets were both physical and mental, according to sources close to the situation.

Williams was acquired by the Nets in 2011 in a costly trade and he signed a new deal in 2012 worth more than $100 million.

"He played a lot better with less than he did with more, when he was more of a focal point," former Nets assistant GM Bobby Marks said.


Williams' leadership was also criticized by Paul Pierce.

"Before I got there, I looked at Deron as an MVP candidate," Pierce said. "But I felt once we got there, that's not what he wanted to be. He just didn't want that.

"I think a lot of the pressure got to him sometimes," Pierce said. "This was his first time in the national spotlight. The media in Utah is not the same as the media in New York, so that can wear on some people. I think it really affected him."

Williams is getting a fresh start this season with the Dallas Mavericks.

Ken Berger/CBS Sports

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Nets Agree Upon Non-Guaranteed Deal With Yanick Moreira
Yanick Moreira played collegiately at SMU and was with the Clippers for Summer League.

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Nets Allow Xavier Thames To Become Free Agent
Xavier Thames played last season in Spain and in the D-League before joining the Nets for Summer League.

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Joe Johnson Leaves Wasserman For Jeff Schwartz
Joe Johnson's longtime agent, Arn Tellem, left Wasserman to join the Pistons.

Dahntay Jones Agrees To Deal With Nets
Dahntay Jones is familiar with Lionel Hollins from their time together with the Grizzlies.

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Prokhorov Nearing Deal To Become Sole Owner Of Nets, Barclays Center
The Nets are valued at an estimated $700 million.

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T.J. Zanin To Become Hornets' Director Of College Scouting
T.J. Zanin's brother, Frank Zanin, is the Nets' assistant general manager.

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Phil Jackson: Andrea Bargnani Was 'Malingerer', Had 'Bad Effect On Team'
Andrea Bargnani signed with the Nets this offseason.

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Donald Sloan Signs With Nets
Donald Sloan has appeared in 157 games in four seasons.

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Nets Waiving Earl Clark
The Nets are waiving forward Earl Clark this week, obliging his request to pursue a deal elsewhere, league sources told RealGM.

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Dunc'd On Pod: Bobby Marks On Offseasons Of 2015, 2016; Former Role With Nets
Former Nets assistant general manager and cap guru Bobby Marks joins Nate Duncan to discuss the 2015 offseason, his projections for 2016, and his roles with the Nets over the years.

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Pistons Acquire Steve Blake From Nets For Quincy Miller
The Nets have agreed to trade Steve Blake to the Pistons for Quincy Miller, league sources tell RealGM's Shams Charania.

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Nets Waive Cory Jefferson
Cory Jefferson averaged 3.7 points and 2.9 rebounds in 10.6 minutes per game.

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Nets Beat Out Kings To Sign Andrea Bargnani
Andrea Bargnani accepted the Nets offer of a two-year deal for the veteran's minimum that includes a player option.

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Wayne Ellington Signs With Nets
Wayne Ellington has career averages of 7.0 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 19.3 minutes per game while shooting .416 from the field and .382 from three-point range.

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Nets Intend To Keep Joe Johnson
The Nets intend to keep Joe Johnson following their buyout agreement with Deron Williams.

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Deron Williams, Nets Agree Upon Buyout; Will Sign With Mavs
Deron Williams will sign a two-year, $5 million deal with the Mavericks.

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Deron Williams Discusses Buyout With Nets, Wants To Play For Mavs
Deron Williams has two seasons and $43.3 million remaining on his contract with the Nets.

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Mirza Teletovic, Suns Agree Upon One-Year $5.5M Deal
Mirza Teletovic and the Suns have agreed upon a one-year, $5.5 million deal.

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Willie Reed Reaches One-Year Deal With Nets
Willie Reed has reached agreement with the Nets on a one-year contract, league sources told RealGM.

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Alan Anderson Agrees To One-Year, $4M Deal With Wizards
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