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Tiago Splitter Hired By Nets As Pro Scout

Apr 24, 2018 3:14 PM

The Brooklyn Nets have hired Tiago Splitter to the position of pro scout, with added duties related to player on-court development.

Splitter joined the San Antonio Spurs in 2010 after being drafted by the team in the first round of the 2007 NBA Draft. Splitter played five seasons in San Antonio, helping the Spurs win an NBA championship in 2014 before completing the final two seasons of his career in Atlanta and Philadelphia.

A native of Brazil, Splitter embarked on his 11-year international career in 1999 and played mostly in Spain for Baskonia. There, Splitter helped lead the team to numerous titles while earning All-EuroLeague honors on three occasions. As a member of the Brazilian national team, Splitter won gold medals in the FIBA AmeriCup, the Pan American Games and the South American Championships.

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Nets Hire Pablo Prigioni As Assistant Coach

Apr 24, 2018 3:08 PM

The Brooklyn Nets have hired Pablo Prigioni as an assistant coach on Kenny Atkinson’s staff.

Prigioni joins the Nets following a professional playing career which spanned 20-plus years in Argentina, Spain and the NBA.

A native of Argentina, Prigioni spent the majority of his career playing in Spain, where he led Baskonia to three Spanish King’s Cup titles, four Spanish Supercup titles and a Spanish League championship. In 2012, Prigioni became the NBA’s oldest rookie, when at age 35, he embarked on a four-year NBA stint which included stops with the New York Knicks, Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Clippers. As a member of the Argentinian national team, Prigioni won a bronze medal in the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing and finished fourth in the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

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Jahlil Okafor: My Career Has Been Surprising

Apr 11, 2018 9:31 PM

Jahlil Okafor entered the NBA as a generational low post talent, but he's dealt with injuries, off-court issues and a deep center rotation with the Philadelphia 76ers.

Despite a fresh start with the Brooklyn Nets this season, Okafor's place in the NBA remains uncertain as he heads to unrestricted free agency.

“A lot of it has been surprising,” Okafor said when asked if the start of his NBA career thus far has surprised him. “When you’re a kid, and you’re dreaming of the NBA, you don’t think about not being able to play, switching teams and stuff like that. Just trying to get used to that and learning as much as I can, so I guess you could say that’s a surprise to me."

Okafor asked Jabari Parker for advice as a fellow Duke product that has had some issues establishing himself as well.

“I always tell Jah just like when he was going through the recruiting process, you’ve got to go to a place that’s going to be engulfed in you and is going to give you that opportunity,” Parker said. “That’s all it takes. It’s just a chance. Right? He really hasn’t been given a chance. That hasn’t been fair for him.”

“Incredible people, a truly good human being, and I didn’t play him,” the 76ers' Brett Brown said of Okafor’s time in Philadelphia. “It would be easy for there to be conflict. There isn’t. I enjoy seeing him. I enjoy seeing his partner. They’ve been together for a while. He has told me, and I communicate with Nik (Stauskas) and Jahlil, that there really isn’t room for them right now (in Brooklyn). They’re not in their plans right now, so they’re going with their guys, and again he doesn’t play. But I think physically he looks good. His spirit seems to be great, and he certainly has a place in this league. I am fond of Jahlil Okafor. I feel like we tried to do our best for him. It didn’t work out here, and we wish him well.”

 

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Kenny Atkinson: We Haven't Given Jahlil Okafor Great Opportunity To Play

Mar 27, 2018 11:25 AM

The Brooklyn Nets acquired Jahlil Okafor in December but he has played sparingly.

“He’s had a little window of opportunity, I’m going to be honest,” said Kenny Atkinson. “I have not given him — we have not given him — a great opportunity, a great section of play where you say ‘Man, here’s 30 games, here’s 40 games.’ And that’s part circumstances. And then we had his individual training camp to get him ready. That took a chunk.

“But you’d have more information if you had a training camp and had a longer time period. He’d be much more acclimated. It’s been not easy on him, how much we threw at him — both from a physical standpoint and then adjusting to a new system.”

Okafor will be a free agent this offseason.

“We’re not in that decision-making process right now,” Atkinson said. “We haven’t made any decisions. [But] I love his spirit, love how he’s working.”

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Milton Doyle Named G League Player Of The Week

Feb 12, 2018 5:35 PM

The NBA G League announced that Brooklyn Nets two-way guard Milton Doyle was named NBA G League Player of the Week for games played Monday, Feb. 5, through Sunday, Feb. 11. This is the first NBA G League Player of the Week honor in Long Island Nets history and the first of Doyle’s career.

Doyle led the Long Island Nets to a 2-0 week, averaging 29.0 points, 6.5 rebounds, 6.5 assists, 2.0 steals and 1.0 blocks in 29.8 minutes per game while shooting 59.4 percent from the field and 61.9 percent from 3-point range.

In Long Island’s 125-119 home victory over the Raptors 905 on Feb. 6, Doyle scored a franchise-record and career-high 42 points with a career-high 11 assists, nine rebounds, two steals and two blocks. He also made a franchise-record 11 3-pointers in the win. Doyle then posted 16 points, four rebounds, two assists and two steals in the LI Nets’ 120-111 road win over the Wisconsin Herd on Feb. 10.

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Jeremy Lin Exercises $12.5M Player Option For 18-19 With Nets

Feb 9, 2018 10:13 AM

Jeremy Lin has opted in to his $12.5 million player option for the 18-19 season with the Brooklyn Nets.

Lin was widely expected to opt-in as he recovers from a right patella tendon injury.

Lin signed a three-year, $36 million deal with the Nets in 2016.

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Pelicans Trade Dante Cunningham To Nets For Rashad Vaughn

Feb 8, 2018 2:27 PM

The New Orleans Pelicans have agreed to trade Dante Cunningham to the Brooklyn Nets for Rashad Vaughn.

The Nets recently acquired Vaughn in a deal with the Bucks.

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Forbes Values Average NBA Franchise At $1.65 Billion

Feb 7, 2018 10:47 AM

The New York Knicks remain the NBA's most valuable franchise for the third straight season, according to Forbes' annual report.

The Knicks are valued at $3.6 billion, which is an increase of nine percent from 2017.

The Los Angeles Lakers rank second at $3.3 billion, an increase of 10 percent.

The Golden State Warriors, Chicago Bulls and Boston Celtics round out the top-5.

The average NBA franchise is now worth a record $1.65 billion, up 22% over last year, and more than triple the figure of five years ago. 

Every NBA team is valued at $1 billion or more for the first time in league history.

“Investor interest in the NBA is enormous right now,” said Forbes’ senior editor Kurt Badenhausen, “thanks to the league’s strong current economic environment, as well as the international growth prospects, which are the best of any major U.S. sports league.”

1. Knicks: $3.6 billion (+9%)
2. Lakers: $3.3 billion (+10%)
3. Warriors: $3.1 billion (+19%)
4. Bulls: $2.6 billion (+4%)
5. Celtics: $2.5 billion (+14%)
6. Nets: $2.3 billion (+28%)
7. Rockets: $2.2 billion (+33%)
8. Clippers: $2.15 billion (+7%)
9. Mavericks: $1.9 billion (+31%)
10. Heat: $1.7 billion (+26%)
11. Spurs: $1.55 billion (+32%)
12. Raptors: $1.4 billion (+24%)
13. Kings: $1.375 billion (+28%)
14. Wizards: $1.35 billion (+35%)
15. Cavaliers: $1.325 billion (+10%)
16. Blazers: $1.3 billion (+24%)
17. Suns: $1.28 billion (+16%)
18. Thunder: $1.25 billion (+22%)
19. Magic: $1.225 billion (+33%)
20. Jazz: $1.2 billion (+32%)
21. 76ers: $1.18 billion (+48%)
22. Pacers: $1.175 billion (+34%)
23. Hawks: $1.15 billion (+30%)
24. Nuggets: $1.125 billion (+26%)
25. Pistons: $1.1 billion (+22%)
26. Bucks: $1.075 billion (+37%)
27. Wolves: $1.06 billion (+38%)
28. Hornets: $1.05 billion (+35%)
29. Grizzlies: $1.025 billion (+30%)
30. Pelicans: $1 billion (+33%)

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Bucks Acquire Tyler Zeller From Nets

Feb 5, 2018 9:04 PM

The Milwaukee Bucks have sent a protected second round pick and Rashad Vaughn to the Brooklyn Nets for Tyler Zeller.

The Nets have $3.5 million in salary-cap space available, as well as a $6 million disabled player exception from the season-ending Jeremy Lin injury.

Zeller provides depth at center for the Bucks.

The Bucks will send the 2018 second-round pick to the Nets should it fall between 31 and 47 in the draft. If the Bucks pick doesn't convey in 2018, Milwaukee will send its unprotected second-round pick in 2020 to Brooklyn

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Jeremy Lin Won't Change Attacking Style Despite Injury

Feb 3, 2018 10:52 AM

While Jeremy Lin will be more deliberate and safer in his movements and landings, he has no plans to change his attacking style.

Lin ruptured his patella tendon on opening night in October.

"I am not going to change the bread and butter of who I am, which is downhill, attacking, dynamic playmaking. I will always be that player," Lin said. "Maybe the type of risks ... I don't know, I never really saw them as risks, but what we will see is probably a similar style but in a safer way. I will still be in the paint heavy, but I won't be landing on my legs the same way, getting off-balanced unless obviously I am forced to, but the landing, taking contact, being able to engage certain muscles before contact, before I take off, all those things are really, really important ... A lot of other muscles will be absorbing impact that maybe joints shouldn't be."

Lin has been rehabbing in Vancouver.

"It's going really smooth," said Lin, who pointed out that the rehab center in Vancouver is in constant communication with the Nets. "Everything is how we would expect it to be. No issues on that end. I think one of the big reasons [for rehabbing in Vancouver] is just that it's hard with the team traveling back and forth, especially early on after surgery when you can't really fly ... This process is something that requires quite a bit of time. It's really become a lifestyle for me in terms of devoting [time]."

"It's just addressing a lot of muscle imbalances, movement deficiencies, all these different things," he added. "The way I sit, the way I stand, the way I squat, run, jump and shoot, all the way down the line. We're fixing everything so I can look as close to picture-perfect, I mean, perfection in this situation is kind of a ghost, but it's as much improvement as you can get. You want to chase it and get as close as you can so that you move more healthily, you reduce chances of injury, and I'm also going to be more explosive and faster and better and more on balance because of it. I expect to see that translate to things like shooting percentage when it comes to balance, defense, things like that. So a lot of posture work, a lot of firing muscles that used to not fire."

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Nets Granted $6M Disabled Player Exception For Jeremy Lin
Jeremy Lin was injured and ruled out for the season following his opening night injury.

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Nets Sign James Webb III To Two-Way Contract
James Webb III is averaging 11.6 points, 6.7 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 27.4 minutes per game in the G League for Delaware.

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Nets Sign Milton Doyle To Two-Way Contract
Milton Doyle has played well for the Nets' G-League affiliate.

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Nets Waive Yakuba Ouattara
Yakuba Ouattara originally signed a two-way contract with Brooklyn on July 21.

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Jahlil Okafor: I Feel Like I Got Drafted All Over Again
The Nets are not sure when Jahlil Okafor will play as they work to incorporate him into the team.

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Sean Marks Continuing To 'Bet On Staff' With Nets' Trades
The Nets have made a pair of "second draft" moves in trading for Jahlil Okafor and D'Angelo Russell.

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76ers Trade Jahlil Okafor, Nik Stauskas To Nets For Trevor Booker
The 76ers are nearing an agreement to trade Jahlil Okafor to the Nets for a second round pick and Trevor Booker.

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D'Angelo Russell Undergoes Surgery On Left Knee
D'Angelo Russell will be out indefinitely following knee surgery.

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D'Angelo Russell: I Went Through A Lot With Lakers
D'Angelo Russell cited the farewell tour of Kobe Bryant as one of the obstacles while he was with the Lakers.

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Spencer Dinwiddie's Salary Protection Increasing To $250k
Spencer Dinwiddie signed a three-year contract last December.

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Nets Sell 49 Percent Stake Of Franchise At $2.3 Billion Valuation
Joseph Tsai will own a 49 percent stake with the option to have controlling interest in four years.

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Jeremy Lin Undergoes Successful Surgery
Jeremy Lin is expected to make a full recovery.

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Jeremy Lin Out For Season With Ruptured Patella Tendon
Jeremy Lin will be out for the entire 17-18 season with a ruptured patella tendon.

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Nets Fear Jeremy Lin Suffered Significant Right Knee Injury
Jeremy Lin landed awkwardly on a drive to the basket.

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Nets Sign Tahjere McCall, Kamari Murphy
Tahjere McCall and Kamari Murphy were members of the Nets’ 2017 Las Vegas Summer League team.

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Nets Exercise 18-19 Options On Hollis-Jefferson, D'Angelo Russell, Caris LeVert
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and D'Angelo Russell were in the 2015 draft class.

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Nets Waive Milton Doyle, Jeremy Senglin, Akil Mitchell
Brooklyn's roster now stands at 17 players.

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Mikhail Prokhorov Nearing 49 Percent Sale Of Nets
Mikhail Prokhorov is seeking a valuation of the Nets at more than $2 billion.

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Nets Sign Akil Mitchell
Akil Mitchell averaged 9.5 points, 7.2 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 22.7 minutes per game for the New Zealand Breakers.

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RealGM Radio: East Over-Unders With Arturo Galletti
Host Danny Leroux and Arturo Galletti continue their annual tradition of breaking down the over/under lines for the Eastern Conference.

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