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Nets Sign Yakuba Ouattara To Two-Way Contract

Jul 21, 2017 2:02 PM

The Brooklyn Nets have signed Yakuba Ouattara to a two-way contract. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not released.

Ouattara (6’3”, 185) spent the 2016-17 season playing for AS Monaco Basket of the French LNB Pro A league. In 32 total games, he averaged 11.8 points on 51.4 percent (147-of-286) shooting from the floor, including a 40.0 percent (40-of-100) clip from beyond the arc, while pulling down 3.3 rebounds in 23.9 minutes per contest. 

A native of Tepa, Ghana, Ouattara has been a member of the French national team because of the unavailability of a Ghanaian national team. The 25-year-old began playing professionally in 2012 and spent two seasons playing for Elan Chalon (2012-14) in the French LNB Pro A league before joining AS Monaco Basket for the past two seasons (2015-17).

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Nets Expect To Balance Touches, Minutes Between Jeremy Lin, D'Angelo Russell

Jul 17, 2017 2:52 PM

The Brooklyn Nets don't anticipate any issues with getting Jeremy Lin and D'Angelo Russell enough minutes and enough time on the ball.

The Nets traded for Russell in June.

“I think Brad Stevens said this the other day: We don’t even look at the roster like 1-2-3-4-5. We have our smalls, our perimeters that can handle the ball. Then we have our wings, then you have your shooting bigs and your rolling bigs. It’s like, I don’t anticipate any problems," said Kenny Atkinson.

"The way we play offense, it’s very conducive to both of them getting enough touches. You look at C.J. McCollum and Damian Lillard — and I don’t want to compare the players — but they end up both playing a ton of point guard. They just stagger the minutes. So believe me, there’s gonna be enough minutes, enough touches for both of those guys.

"I look at it for myself as like, we just got another really good player. Jeremy’s really good, he’s really good. Now it’s up to our coaching staff to figure out how we can use them best.”

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Tags: D'Angelo Russell, Jeremy Lin, Brooklyn Nets, NBA, NBA B-Ball IQ

Kenny Atkinson Explains Why He Coached Nets In Summer League

Jul 17, 2017 2:50 PM

Kenny Atkinson coached the Brooklyn Nets in Summer League, which is rare amongst the NBA coaching fraternity as they typically delegate the duties to one of their assistants.

“I think it’s three-fold: One - I think this is a young core we’re trying to build with so I thought that was important," said Atkinson. "If I’m gonna ask them to play — guys like Spencer [Dinwiddie], Rondae doesn’t have to play — if I’m gonna ask them to do it, then I feel like I should be with them. I think this is the best way I can coach them. I can be hands-on, have film sessions. To me, this is kind of like a dress rehearsal. It’s hard to do that just working guys out in the summer and just doing skill work.

"So I think there’s real value [through Summer League] in helping them improve. And I just value Summer League a lot. For a staff, figuring out issues. I think it’s undervalued honestly.

“Lastly, even improving myself. Even [in their July 13 win over the Nuggets], there were 2 or 3 situations where I could have played it better. It’s like I’m taking a test. You’ve really got to have the answer. I obviously don’t have a lot of experience being a head coach. This just gives me more time in a flight simulator.

"And it’s hard to get during the offseason. You get six months off in the offseason. So this gets me back, gets the juices flowing.”

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Tags: Brooklyn Nets, NBA, NBA Summer League

Wizards Match Otto Porter's Four-Year $106.5M Offer Sheet With Nets

Jul 9, 2017 11:42 AM

The Washington Wizards have matched the four-year, $106.5 million max contract offer sheet Otto Porter signed with the Brooklyn Nets.

Porter will be the Wizards' highest paid player next season at $24.8 million.

The Wizards now have 15 players signed, 13 with guaranteed contracts. The team’s estimated 2017-18 salary will be $126.1 million, which will be $10.7 million over the luxury tax line.

Elements of the deal include a 15 percent trade kicker, a player option for the fourth year and a wrinkle that half of Porter’s annual salary will be delivered to him by Oct. 1 each year.

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Raptors Trade DeMarre Carroll, 2018 1st, 2nd To Nets For Justin Hamilton

Jul 9, 2017 12:35 AM

The Toronto Raptors have agreed to trade DeMarre Carroll, a future first round pick and a second round pick to the Brooklyn Nets for Justin Hamilton. 

Carroll is owed $30 million over the next two seasons. Carroll previously was coached by Kenny Atkinson when he was an assistant coach with the Atlanta Hawks.

Toronto signed Carroll to a four-year, $60 million deal in 2015. 

With the Raptors re-signing Kyle Lowry and Serge Ibaka this offseason, they had luxury tax issues moving forward.

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Wizards Receive Otto Porter's Four-Year, $106M Offer Sheet With Nets

Jul 6, 2017 7:18 PM

The Washington Wizards have received Otto Porter's four-year, $106 million offer sheet from the Brooklyn Nets. Porter's deal includes a fourth-year player option and a trade kicker.

The Wizards are expected to match Porter's offer sheet.

Porter also received interest from the Sacramento Kings and Utah Jazz.

Porter emerged over the past few seasons as one of the NBA's most efficient spot-up shooters at the small forward position.

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Kelly Olynyk Receiving Interest From Nets, Pacers, Kings, Jazz

Jul 5, 2017 3:39 PM

The Brooklyn Nets, Indiana Pacers, Sacramento Kings and Utah Jazz have interest in signing Kelly Olynyk.

The Boston Celtics rescinded their qualifying offer to Olynyk following Gordon Hayward's commitment in order to clear cap space.

Indiana is trying to unload salary in order to sign Olynyk.

Olynyk is one of the better available stretch big men on the open market.

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Wizards To Match Otto Porter's Four-Year, $106M Offer Sheet With Nets

Jul 4, 2017 9:42 PM

The Brooklyn Nets and Otto Porter have agreed upon a four-year, $106 million offer sheet.

The Washington Wizards will have the ability to match the offer sheet as Porter is a restricted free agent.

Porter also received interest from the Sacramento Kings and Utah Jazz.

The Nets signed Allen Crabbe and Tyler Johnson to major offer sheets last offseason, but they were matched by the Portland Trail Blazers and Miami Heat respectively.

According to David Aldridge, the Wizards intend to match the offer sheet to Porter.

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Tags: Otto Porter, Brooklyn Nets, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

J.J. Redick Rules Out Re-Signing With Clippers

Jul 1, 2017 12:36 AM

J.J. Redick is receiving interest from the Philadelphia 76ers, Minnesota Timberwolves and Brooklyn Nets in free agency.

Redick has ruled out re-signing with the Los Angeles Clippers.

Redick would have to come off the bench with the Nets behind D'Angelo Russell and Jeremy Lin.

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Amir Johnson Expected To Receive Interest From Bulls, Raptors, Nets

Jun 30, 2017 6:55 PM

The Chicago Bulls, Toronto Raptors and Brooklyn Nets are expected to pursue Amir Johnson.

Johnson is coming off a two-year contract with the Boston Celtics.

Before joining the Celtics, Johnson played six seasons with the Raptors.

Johnson has always been a productive per minute player during his career.

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Strong Pursuit Of Otto Porter, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope Expected By Nets
Otto Porter and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope are the two best young wings on the restricted market.

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Wolves, Spurs, Clippers, 76ers, Magic, Nets, Jazz To Pursue Andre Iguodala
The Warriors still hope to re-sign Andre Iguodala.

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76ers, Nets Expected To Pursue J.J. Redick
J.J. Redick is coming off a four-year, $27 million contract with the Clippers he signed in 2013.

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Nets Decline $3.48M Option On K.J. McDaniels
K.J. McDaniels helped move the Nets towards the salary cap floor.

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Magic Johnson On D'Angelo Russell: I Needed Somebody Players Want To Play With
Magic Johnson was critical of D'Angelo Russell in his comments after the Lakers traded him to the Nets.

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Lakers Trade D'Angelo Russell, Timofey Mozgov To Nets For Brook Lopez, No. 27
The Lakers have cleared cap space long-term by moving Timofey Mozgov.

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Kevin Garnett's Inclusion In 2013 Trade Added Two Extra Pick Assets For Celtics
If the Nets had traded for only Paul Pierce, they would have sent one draft pick and spare parts to match salary.

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Nets Hire Travon Bryant As Assistant Player Development Coach
Travon Bryant joins the Nets after spending the last two seasons as an assistant coach for the Oklahoma City Blue.

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Jan Vesely Receiving Interest From Nets, 76ers, Mavericks
Jan Vesely has been productive playing for Fenerbahce since leaving the NBA.

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76ers, Nets, Knicks Interested In J.J. Redick
The 76ers are the team said to be most interested in J.J. Redick.

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Archie Goodwin Excited For Opportunity With Nets
Archie Goodwin was drafted by the Suns and never received consistent minutes, but he doesn't regret leaving school early.

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Irina Pavlova Leaving Position With Nets
Irina Pavlova has served as a U.S.-based liaison for the Nets and was a top advisor to Mikhail Prokhorov.

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Nets To Again Pursue RFAs With Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Otto Porter Targeted
During last year's offseason, the Nets signed both Allen Crabbe and Tyler Johnson as restricted free agents to offer sheets.

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Nets Creatively Honored Agreements With Cliff Alexander, Prince Ibeh
With a series of six transactions and a total cost of just under $64,000, Brooklyn made good on three promises: 10-day deals for Cliff Alexander and Prince Ibeh, and signing Archie Goodwin long-term.

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Archie Goodwin To Sign Two-Year Deal With Nets
Archie Goodwin's deal will include guarantee dates for 17-18.

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Nets Sign Archie Goodwin To 2nd 10-Day Contract
Archie Goodwin was released by the Suns before the start of the season.

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Nets To Pursue Kentavious Caldwell-Pope In Free Agency
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope has become the most important player on the Pistons over the past year.

Brian Lewis/New York Post

Dwight Howard Expected Magic To Trade Him To Brooklyn In 2011
Now that Dwight Howard has had a quiet and productive existence with the Hawks, he talked about the end of his time with the Magic.

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Archie Goodwin To Sign 10-Day Contract With Nets
Archie Goodwin averaged 17.0 points, 5.2 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 32.7 minutes over 34 games with Greensboro.

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Mikhail Prokhorov 'Trying To Be Zen About Process'
Mikhail Prokhorov's initial approach was to run the Nets 'in the same way I've approached my business.'

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