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Nets Hire Gianluca Pascucci As Director Of Global Scouting

Aug 22, 2016 2:07 PM

The Brooklyn Nets have named Gianluca Pascucci as director of global scouting.

Pascucci joins the Nets after spending the past four years as vice president of player personnel for the Houston Rockets. During his time in Houston, he also served as the general manager of the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, the D-League affiliate of the Rockets. It marked Pascucci’s second stint in Houston, as he previously served as the team’s international scout for six seasons (2002-08).

Prior to rejoining the Rockets, Pascucci spent four years in Italy with Olimpia Milano from 2008-12. His most recent role with the team was general manager and CEO.

Pascucci also possesses over 12 years of international coaching experience, including serving as an assistant coach with Scavolini Pesaro’s senior team in the Italian A-1 League and Euroleague. The Pesaro, Italy, native also spent four years as the team’s scout.  

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Nets Hire BJ Johnson As Coordinator Of Player Evaluation

Aug 22, 2016 2:06 PM

The Brooklyn Nets have hired BJ Johnson as coordinator of player evaluation.

William "BJ" Johnson joins Brooklyn’s staff after spending the past six years as USA Basketball’s assistant men’s national team director. Johnson worked with all levels of USA Basketball men's teams, with his primary focus on developing the USA Basketball Men's Junior National Team program. Johnson began his career with USA Basketball in 2005 as manager of competitive programs, where he was involved with all facets of the men’s and women’s programs, including player personnel and basketball operations during trials, training camps and competitions.

Johnson graduated from Villanova in 2002 with a bachelor’s degree in computer science. He was a member of the Wildcats’ basketball team and a three-time selection to the Big East Academic All-Star Team.

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Trevor Cooney Agrees To Deal With Nets' D-League Team

Aug 15, 2016 10:31 AM

Trevor Cooney has agreed to a deal with the Long Island Nets of the D-League.

Long Island is the D-League affiliate of the Brooklyn Nets.

Cooney went undrafted out of Syracuse after averaging 13.0 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 36.4 minutes per game as a senior.

Cooney didn't participate in Summer League.

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RealGM Radio: Atlantic Division With Tim Bontemps, Jared Weiss

Aug 10, 2016 3:37 PM

Host Danny Leroux (@DannyLeroux), Tim Bontemps of the Washington Post (@TimBontemps) and Jared Weiss of CLNS Radio and CelticsBlog (@CLNS_JaredWeiss) go in-depth on the Atlantic Division. They analyze the offseason, including who got better and worse, moves that stood out (20:02), and rookies they are most excited to see (32:02). After that, they preview the upcoming season, including ranking the teams 1-5 (39:51), predicting who will make the playoffs (50:35) and pick breakout players (1:14:11).

They also discuss the possibility of Chris Paul joining the Knicks (14:24), Melo’s no-trade clause (54:00) and much more.

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Nets Sign Beau Beech, Yogi Ferrell, Egidijus Mockevicius

Aug 5, 2016 12:41 PM

The Brooklyn Nets have signed guard/forward Beau Beech, guard Yogi Ferrell and center Egidijus Mockevicius.

Beech, Ferrell and Mockevicius were all members of Brooklyn’s 2016 NBA Summer League team in Las Vegas.

Beech (6’9”, 215) joins the Nets out of the University of North Florida. In four seasons with the Ospreys, Beech played in 133 games (129 starts) and recorded averages of 11.7 points, 5.1 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.1 steals in 28.7 minutes per game while shooting .423 from the field and .393 from three-point range. 

Ferrell (6’0”, 180) joins the Nets after a four-year career at Indiana University. Ferrell was named to the All-Big Ten First Team twice (2015 and 2016) and garnered second-team honors as a sophomore (2014). As a senior, Ferrell averaged 17.3 points, 3.8 rebounds, 5.6 assists and 1.1 steals in 34.7 minutes per game, earning Associated Press Third Team All-America honors and capping his career as Indiana’s all-time assists leader with 633.

Mockevicius (6’10”, 237) joins Brooklyn following a four-year career at the University of Evansville. Mockevicius was named to the All-Missouri Valley Conference First Team as both a junior and senior (2015 and 2016) and was the conference’s defensive player of the year as a senior.

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Egidijus Mockevicius Signs Camp Deal With Nets

Jul 28, 2016 11:22 AM

Egidijus Mockevicius has signed a camp deal with the Brooklyn Nets.

Mockevicius averaged 5.7 points and 3.3 rebounds in 10.7 minutes per game for the Nets in Summer League.

Mockevicius went undrafted in 2016 out of Evansville.

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Beau Beech Signs Partially Guaranteed Deal With Nets

Jul 25, 2016 10:48 AM

Beau Beech will sign a partially guaranteed one-year deal with the Brooklyn Nets.

Beech went undrafted out of North Florida.

Beech averaged 8.8 points and 3.8 rebounds in 19.0 minutes per game for the Nets in Summer League.

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Yogi Ferrell Agrees To Deal With Nets

Jul 22, 2016 12:20 PM

Yogi Ferrell has agreed to a free agent deal with the Brooklyn Nets.

Ferrell went undrafted out of Indiana in this year's draft.

Ferrell averaged 8.8 points, 1.5 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 16.9 minutes per game in Summer League for the Nets.

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Jeremy Lin Compares Signing With Nets To Investing In Startup

Jul 20, 2016 3:42 PM

Jeremy Lin compared signing a three-year, $36 million deal with the Brooklyn Nets to investing in a startup company.

Lin was raised in Palo Alto, which is located in the center of Silicon Valley.

"The way I was thinking of free agency was like when you invest in a startup company," said Lin. "You don't necessarily look at the product right then and there. That is a big part of it, you're kind of betting on the founder a lot of times. You're betting on what that person is capable of doing, because sometimes as you go through the process, the final product is going to change a lot. That's very common in startups and I feel like that's kind of how this is.

"I'm betting on certain people, I'm betting on Kenny (Atkinson), I'm betting on Sean (Marks), I'm betting on myself, I'm betting on Brook Lopez. I'm betting on the way I feel. If I didn't feel like this has a chance to go where I want to go, then I wouldn't have signed up for it. Yeah, right now and last season if you look at last season, we weren't where we wanted to be, but it's a process and it's a challenge. I believe in what we're capable of becoming. We're not there right now, but we all know that, but that's the thing."

Lin signed a two-year, $4.3 million deal with a player option last offseason with the Charlotte Hornets.

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Dion Waiters Met With Nets Before Becoming UFA

Jul 20, 2016 10:44 AM

The Brooklyn Nets met face-to-face with Dion Waiters earlier in the offseason when he was still a restricted free agent.

The Oklahoma City Thunder have since rescinded their qualifying offer to Waiters, making him an unrestricted free agent.

Waiters had a PER of 9.4 this past season along with a True Shooting Percentage of .492 in 27.6 minutes per game for the Thunder.

The Nets appear unwilling to change their stance on signing him since Waiters became unrestricted.

The Nets signed both Tyler Johnson and Allen Crabbe to offer sheets that were matched by their respective teams.

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Anthony Bennett Agrees To Two-Year Deal With Nets
Anthony Bennett appeared in 19 games last season with the Raptors before being waived.

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Randy Foye, Nets Agree Upon One-Year Deal
Randy Foye averaged 5.6 points, 1.9 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 21.2 minutes per game with Oklahoma City.

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Joe Harris, Nets Agree Upon Two-Year Deal
Joe Harris was a second round pick in 2014 out of Virginia.

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Luis Scola, Nets Agree Upon One-Year Deal
Luis Scola spent last season with the Raptors, who signed Jared Sullinger this week.

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Jason Kidd Regrets Not Signing With Spurs In 2003
Jason Kidd and the Nets were coming off two straight appearances in the Finals and only met with the Spurs in free agency.

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Greivis Vasquez Agrees To One-Year Deal With Nets
Greivis Vasquez can play either guard position and is coming off surgery on his right ankle.

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Willie Reed, Heat Agree Upon Two-Year Deal
Willie Reed has played in 145 career games in the D-League, averaging 15.3 points, 9.9 rebounds and 1.8 blocks in 31.4 minutes per game.

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Nets Considering Pursuit Of Dion Waiters
The Nets will likely evaluate whether to pursue Dion Waiters over the next few days.

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Heat Match Nets' Four-Year, $50M Offer Sheet With Tyler Johnson
Tyler Johnson made $507,000 in his second NBA season for the Heat in 2015-16.

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Blazers Match Allen Crabbe's Four-Year, $75M Deal With Nets
The Blazers have matched the four-year, $75 million offer sheet Allen Crabbe signed with the Nets.

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Allen Crabbe, Nets Agree Upon Four-Year, $75M Deal
With bonuses, Allen Crabbe's deal could reach $83 million.

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Tyler Johnson Signs Four-Year, $50M Offer Sheet With Nets
Tyler Johnson's deal includes $18 million-plus and $19 million, plus "poison pill" provisions, in years three and four of the deal.

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Report Of Allen Crabbe Agreeing Upon Four-Year, $70M Deal With Nets Refuted
The Blazers reportedly will not match the offer sheet for Allen Crabbe.

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Spurs, Nets, Bulls Interested In Jordan Hill
Jordan Hill spent last season with the Pacers.

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Nets, Justin Hamilton Agree Upon Two-Year, $6M Deal
Justin Hamilton has played in the NBA with Charlotte, Miami and Minnesota.

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Jeremy Lin Agrees Upon Three-Year, $36M Deal With Nets
Jeremy Lin's deal includes a player option for the third year, a trade kicker and bonus provisions.

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Brandon Jennings To Work Out For Nets
Brandon Jennings came back from a torn Achilles last season and was traded by the Pistons to the Magic at the deadline.

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Nets Waive Jarrett Jack
Jarrett Jack is recovering from a torn ACL.

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Mavs, Nets, Lakers, Pelicans, Rockets Interested In Mike Conley
Dallas has made Mike Conley one of their top priorities in free agency.

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Bucks, Grizzlies, Nets Interested In Kent Bazemore
The Hawks would like to re-sign Kent Bazemore but he'll receive significant interest in free agency.

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