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Nets Were Unsuccessful Trying To Trade Landry Shamet For First Round Pick

Jan 18, 2021 9:33 PM

The Brooklyn Nets tried to acquire a first round pick for Landry Shamet as part of the James Harden trade in order to keep Jarrett Allen, but were unsuccessful. The Houston Rockets preferred a future first round pick originating from the Milwaukee Bucks via the Cleveland Cavaliers and salary relief instead of trading for Allen.

The Nets will be limited in how they can upgrade their roster based on their limited asset base beyond Harden, Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and Joe Harris.

"I don't know what sort of trade value they have left on their roster," said Brian Windhorst on his podcast. "I talked to two different teams that the Nets offered Landry Shamet to in the last week, attempting to get a first round pick. They were trying to keep Jarrett Allen, as you can imagine. To get the fourth first round pick, they were trying to find a team that would give them anything. And so they shopped Landry Shamet pretty hard from what I understand.

"I mean I talked to two teams that just mentioned it in passing. I didn't do an entire sweep of the league. My guess is they offered him to numerous teams trying to get that first round pick. Maybe Landry gets hot playing alongside all of these stars. If that's a guy they deem movable, you know, maybe that changes. I just don't see a lot of assets on the roster. And of course they have no first round picks they can trade."

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Kyrie Irving Purchases House For George Floyd's Family

Jan 18, 2021 8:45 PM

Kyrie Irving bought a house for the family of George Floyd, according to former NBA player Stephen Jackson.

Jackson, who was a close friend of the late Floyd, revealed on "The Rematch" podcast that Irving, along with other celebrities, had reached out to help Floyd's family.

"Kyrie Irving bought them a house. Lil Wayne's manager bought them a Mercedes-Benz. Barbra Streisand gave them stock in Disney," Jackson said.

According to Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated, Irving gave them the money for the house about five or is months ago.

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76ers 'Ultimate Purpose' In James Harden Trade Talks Was To 'Provide Rockets Leverage'

Jan 18, 2021 4:09 PM

Sources tell The Athletic that the Philadelphia 76ers "ultimate purpose in the [James Harden] negotiations was to provide the Rockets with the leverage needed to maximize the return wit the Nets."

The 76ers had real interest in trading for James Harden, but Brooklyn's willingness to increase their offer reached a point where Philadelphia could no longer compete.

Sources also tell The Athletic that the Boston Celtics were involved in the later stages of trade talks as well.

Daryl Morey joined Philadelphia from the Rockets this past offseason and has a long relationship with Rafael Stone. With the 76ers and Nets sharing a division, Philadelphia benefits long-term from Brooklyn sending out the trade package they did for Harden.

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Tags: James Harden, Houston Rockets, Philadelphia Sixers, Brooklyn Nets, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Damian Lillard, Kevin Durant Named NBA's Players Of The Week

Jan 18, 2021 4:02 PM

Damian Lillard and Kevin Durant have been named the NBA's Players of the Week for Week 4 (Jan. 11-Jan. 17).

Lillard averaged 30.3 points, 7.3 assists and 5.3 rebounds as the Portland Trail Blazers went 3-1.

Durant averaged 34.0 points and 8.0 assists as the Brooklyn Nets went 3-0.

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Kyrie Irving To Miss Monday's Game Versus Bucks

Jan 18, 2021 1:31 PM

Kyrie Irving will miss Monday's game with the Brooklyn Nets against the Milwaukee Bucks. Irving has now missed seven straight games.

Irving continues to ramp up his conditioning in preparation for his return after a personal leave and subsequent quarantine.

The Nets won their first game with James Harden on Saturday against the Orlando Magic.

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Kyrie Irving Upgraded To Questionable Versus Bucks On Monday

Jan 17, 2021 5:47 PM

Kyrie Irving is listed as questionable for Monday's game against the Milwaukee Bucks.

Irving has missed the Nets' last six games.

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James Harden After Recording 30-Point Triple-Double In Nets Debut: 'I'm A Hooper'

Jan 17, 2021 12:48 AM

James Harden had 32 points, 14 assists, and 11 rebounds in his Brooklyn Nets debut, a 122-115 win over the Orlando Magic.

"I hope that you can tell by my smile and my play. Just excited, excited for the opportunity. This is an unbelievable organization from top to bottom. For me, all I have to do is go out there and be the best James Harden I can be and good things will happen," said Harden after the game.

Kevin Durant added 42 points to the win.

"Obviously, KD is like an elite, different kind of basketball player as far as the way he is able to score the basketball. It's so easy for him, and I know that. I just want to make it a little bit easier if I can," said Harden.

Harden started alongside Durant, Joe Harris, Jeff Green, and DeAndre Jordan in his debut.

Steve Nash added that Harden still had another level to reach once the got back his conditioning. 

"He's not at his best condition yet. For him to do as many things as he did on the basketball floor tonight was incredible."

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James Harden To Start For Nets, Steve Nash Wants Kyrie Irving To Workout Before Game Return

Jan 16, 2021 4:10 PM

James Harden will start for the Brooklyn Nets against the Orlando Magic on Saturday, according to Steve Nash.

Nash also added that he wants Kyrie Irving to participate in a few workouts before returning to games. 

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Kyrie Irving Ready For Return, Won't Play In Saturday's Game

Jan 15, 2021 8:28 PM

While Kyrie Irving has expressed a desire to return to play, he will not play in the Brooklyn Nets' game on Saturday against the Orlando Magic.

For the first five games of his absence, Irving was listed as out due to personal reasons. Saturday's absence is unrelated, and he is listed as out as a part of the league's health and safety protocols.

The league fined Irving $50,000 and announced he would forfeit his salary for the two games he missed during his five-day quarantine.

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James Harden: I Wasn't Trying To Be Disrespectful To Rockets

Jan 15, 2021 4:58 PM

James Harden addressed the media for the first time since his trade from the Houston Rockets to the Brooklyn Nets.

Harden said he doesn't believe he was disrespectful to anyone as his career with the Rockets came to a close, but he does regret how the situation unfolded.

"I've been there for a very long time," Harden said of the Rockets. "I have been through all the ups and downs, you know, with that organization. And I wasn't disrespectful toward anyone. I just made a comment that the team as a whole wasn't good enough to compete for a title. And at this stage in my career, where I am now, that's what I would love.

"And so, I wasn't trying to be disrespectful to anybody -- especially not to the organization. And like I said, I am excited to be here in Brooklyn and, you know, excited for a new start."

 

Harden said he felt the Rockets "didn't have a chance" but said some of his behavior and public comments were uncharacteristic of him.

"I regret it because I'm not the type of guy to -- I don't need the attention," Harden said. "The ultimate goal was to get to somewhere where I can compete, and here I am in Brooklyn."

Harden said he will have to lean into his playmaking abilities to coexist with "elite scorers" like Durant and Kyrie Irving.

"I think, for me, giving myself a chance is very, very important," Harden said. "Younger, giving myself a chance but wanting to get paid and wanting to take care of my family was very, very important to me. Now, at this stage of my career, it's giving myself a chance to do something that I haven't accomplished yet in this league. That's why I'm here in Brooklyn."

"Obviously we know it's not easy," Harden added. "With this roster and this coaching staff and this organization, I think we have a legit chance."

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