Player News - Nets

Date: Team: Pos:

Deron Williams (ankle surgeries) is no longer wearing protective boots after a recent visit with his doctor.

It seems D-Will's rehab is on schedule, and he's expected to be cleared for full basketball activities in September. The removal of bone spurs in both of his ankles may address his chronic pain and soreness, but fantasy owners should hedge their bets on draft day. Williams' scoring has dropped for three consecutive seasons, falling to 14.3 points in 64 games last year.
Jul 23 - 11:17 AM

Nets sign F Cory Jefferson.

He was very efficient in Orlando, making 70.0 percent of his shots from the field for 11.2 points per game. Jefferson was also aggressive on defense with 1.4 steals and 1.6 blocks per game. He's an athletic guy at 6'9", but 2014's Mr. Irrelevant won't be making an impact right away.
Jul 22 - 8:47 PM

Nets sign G Markel Brown.

He compared himself to Russell Westbrook because of his backup role in college, but the 44th pick in the draft has a long way to go. Brown was productive in Orlando this month with 10.0 points per game on 52.9 percent from the field to go with 3.2 dimes, but he'll likely be starting his career off in the D-League and could get some minutes here and there when the Nets are injured.
Jul 22 - 8:43 PM

Mason Plumlee has been named to the USA Select team.

This is a huge honor for the 24-year-old as he attempts to build off his strong Summer League showing. Plumlee will join his brother, Mason, and 10 other young players who will help prepare Team USA for this summer's World Cup of Basketball. Plumlee will open the 2014-15 season backing up Brook Lopez, but should be able to carve out a role for himself in the Nets' rotation and provide fantasy value to owners in deeper leagues.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 22 - 11:46 AM

Andrei Kirilenko stated in a recent interview that the Nets goal for next season is to win a championship.

"We intend to seriously compete for the title," said Kirilenko. He also took a subtle jab at Jason Kidd stating: "When Kidd led the team, no one knew what to expect from him. It is clear that he had huge experience as a player, but there was no coaching experience. No one knows how we will sparkle with Lionel. Maybe it's better. Maybe worse. But we do know one thing - Hollins, unlike Kidd, has vast experience of coaching. And he perfectly represents what we need to do and how to build a team game."
Jul 20 - 11:41 AM

With Paul Pierce in Washington and Kevin Garnett entering his 20th season (and averaging just six points per game last season), it would appear that Mirza Teletovic is primed for a breakout season.

He came on over his final eight games of the season last year, averaging 11.9 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.8 3-pointers, and he could offer more of the same as a starter this year. The Nets could still make an acquisition or two that would hurt Teletovic, but as of now, he looks like a good bet to be a very nice fantasy sleeper. But a starting lineup of Deron Williams, Jarrett Jack, Joe Johnson, Teletovic and Brook Lopez would likely be a defensive sieve for the opposition.
Jul 17 - 2:20 AM

The Bucks are interesting in hiring Jerry Stackhouse as an assistant.

If Stackhouse sitting with new Bucks' head coach Jason Kidd, general manager John Hammond and assistant general manager David Morway at a summer league game on Monday is any indication, the former Milwaukee fan favorite could soon be joining Kidd's staff. Stackhouse hasn't played in the NBA since the 2012-13 season and has also received interest from the Knicks and Hawks.
Jul 15 - 10:43 AM

Alan Anderson signs with the Nets for two years, $2.6 million.

Anderson has carved himself a nice role as a shooter for the Nets but it's hard to project any real fantasy value at this time.
Jul 14 - 7:21 PM

Despite Brooklyn losing Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett reportedly likes the direction that the Nets are going, and is "excited" to suit up for next season.

The 2014-15 NBA season will be Garnett's 20th season in the NBA, and likely his last. There were questions about whether or not Garnett would return after his longtime running mate Paul Pierce elected to sign with the Wizards, but all the reports as of late have Garnett playing out the final year of his contract in which he will earn $12 million. Garnett is a ferocious competitor, but his best years are behind him as he averaged career-lows across the board last season. He is no longer a fantasy option.
Source: NBA.com
Jul 14 - 10:12 AM

There is reportedly a "strong sense" that Kevin Garnett will be back with Brooklyn for the 2014-15 season.

Garnett will make $12 million in the final year of his contract, and he reportedly wants to play. Garnett averaged just 6.5 points, and 6.6 rebounds with the Nets last season, so he's off the fantasy radar.
Jul 13 - 12:51 PM

Brook Lopez (foot surgery) has progressed to basketball-related activities and is "moving really well," according to Chris Haynes of CSNNW.com.

Lopez still isn't taking contact but this is a milestone in his recovery from ankle surgery in March and major reconstructive surgery in January. The Nets are likely to limit his minutes initially and the threat of another injury will loom over his season, so fantasy owners with weak stomachs should avoid him on draft day.
Jul 12 - 1:21 PM

Jarrett Jack spoke about his potential role with the Brooklyn Nets during his introductory press conference on Thursday.

"I can relieve Deron of the ball handling responsibilities and create opportunities for myself and my teammates," Jack said. He also spoke on his down year in Cleveland, and the reasons why his production slipped, "I was more of a facilitator than I was accustomed to being in Cleveland." Jack may have some fantasy value as a sixth man or starting shooting guard in a small-ball lineup, but he shouldn't be drafted before the mid rounds in most leagues.
Jul 10 - 2:50 PM

Mason Plumlee (sore left foot) will not play against the Sixers on Wednesday.

He has been outstanding in Orlando so far and there was no major sign of an injury prior to today. Plumlee is likely going to earn a role in the rotation, but his playing time figures to be sparse while Brook Lopez (foot) is healthy.
Jul 9 - 5:17 PM

The Nets are finalizing an agreement to add Paul Westphal as an assistant to coach Lionel Hollins.

Well, that didn't take long. The Nets just lost assistant Joe Prunty earlier today to the Bucks, so they added a very high-profile guy in Westphal. He is a former coach for the Suns, Sonics and Kings. The Nets will also keep assistant John Welch.
Jul 9 - 4:59 PM

The Cavaliers traded G/F Sergey Karasev to the Nets in a cap-clearing move on Wednesday.

Karasev's inclusion was more about the math than on-court production, and the 6'7" swingman isn't likely to play more than a bit role under coach Lionel Hollins. After being drafted No. 19 overall in 2013, Karasev averaged only 1.7 points on 34.3 percent shooting a rookie -- lucky for him, Anthony Bennett's spectacular failure deflected most of the criticism away from Karasev.
Jul 9 - 10:56 AM


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