Player News - Nets

Date: Team: Pos:

Earl Clark reportedly wants the Nets to waive him so that he can pursue another contract, possibly overseas.

Clark's $1.2 million salary is only guaranteed for $200k as long as he's waived on or before Oct. 26. The Nets need to cut two players to trim their roster to 15 before the season, so all signs point to Clark being waived in the near future.
Source: Nets Daily
Aug 2 - 3:33 PM

Lionel Hollins hinted that Markel Brown and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson will come off the bench next season.

"I don’t see those young guys [Markel Brown and Hollis-Jefferson] being the guys that jump over the core players that are starters," Hollins said. "They’re going to be the depth, but that’s my thought process here at the end of July and the first of August." As of right now, Jarrett Jack will be running the point for the first unit, Joe Johnson will keep his spot as the starting small forward and Thaddeus Young and Brook Lopez will make up the frontcourt. That means that the shooting guard situation is still unclear, but it sounds like Bojan Bogdanovic and Wayne Ellington must be in the mix if Brown is coming off the bench. We will keep an eye on this situation leading up to training camp.
Source: ESPN
Aug 1 - 12:18 PM
Joe Johnson - G/F - Nets

Lionel Hollins said that he envisions Joe Johnson as a starter next season.

"I doubt Joe will be coming off the bench this year," Hollins said. "I don’t think we have anybody to put Joe in a position where he’ll have to come off the bench. But if that should happen, we’ll talk about it and deal with it, but I envision him being a starter." Rondae Hollis-Jefferson is still a threat to Johnson, but his offensive limitations could hold him back. Johnson's best days are clearly behind him and it wouldn't be surprising if Hollins keeps him on a short leash if he doesn't perform.
Source: ESPN
Aug 1 - 12:11 PM

Lionel Hollins said that Brook Lopez is becoming a more versatile player.

"Brook has made great strides in becoming a more versatile player," Hollins said. "That’s all I ask for him to be -- more committed to be being an all-around player, to being a better rebounder and not just being happy with 16-17 points, but going out there and rebounding the ball, blocking shots, helping on defense, all of the things that it takes to win. Diving on the floor for a loose ball." Lopez has been an injury risk throughout his career, but the fact that he played 72 games last season should help his value.
Source: ESPN
Aug 1 - 12:04 PM

Brooklyn head coach Lionel Hollins said that Jarrett Jack can handle being the starting point guard for the Nets next season.

"Why can’t he? He’s done it last year, he’s done it in Portland, he’s done it in Golden State -- wherever he’s been, he’s had moments where he’s had to start," Hollins said. "And I think if a player is not starting [all the time], he gets a bad rap that he can’t be a starter. Well, that’s not the case. He’s been on teams with a lot of good starting point guards, and he’s done a great job of adding that depth that they have at point guard." Jack averaged 15.9 points, 6.6 assists, 3.8 boards, 1.2 steals and 0.7 3-pointers in 27 starts last season, so he will be an interesting pick towards the end of the middle rounds.
Source: ESPN
Aug 1 - 11:58 AM

Thomas Robinson said that he wants a long-term relationship with the Nets.

"I’m glad I’m finally here and hopefully we can make this a long-term relationship," Robinson said. "This time I hope it’s for real." Robinson nearly ended up with the Nets last season before the 76ers swooped in and signed him, but he now has a two-year deal with Brooklyn. Nets general manager Billy King said that Robinson will bring a physical presence to their frontcourt, but owners in standard leagues can ignore him while the Nets are at full strength.
Source: Nets Daily
Aug 1 - 10:02 AM

Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov said the Nets are focusing on the future and hinted that they want to be more fiscally responsible after paying $123 million in luxury tax over the past few seasons.

"Some of you have noticed a shift in our approach. You’ll see a team that is younger and more athletic this season," Prokhorov said. "Our approach has been more strategic. We are making all necessary moves to be set up well for the future." The Nets are starting to head in the right direction by waiving Deron Williams and signing Brook Lopez and Thaddeus Young to long-term contracts, but it looks like they are willing to be more patient with the rebuilding process in the future.
Source: Nets Daily
Aug 1 - 9:36 AM
Joe Johnson - G/F - Nets

According to Nets Daily, Joe Johnson likely wasn't going to be traded even before the Nets decided to waive Deron Williams.

The Nets would have had a very difficult time moving Johnson's massive contract anyways, and they would need to take on some bad contracts from other teams in order to make a trade work. Johnson's relationship with Deron Williams wasn't the best, so maybe he can bounce back next season. However, Johnson is well past his prime, and it's hard to get excited about a player who has seen his stats plummet over the last few seasons.
Source: Nets Daily
Jul 31 - 9:37 AM

The Toronto Raptors officially announced Jerry Stackhouse as an assistant coach.

This move had been in the works for a while, but a press release on Wednesday made things official. Stackhouse played under Raptors head coach Dwane Casey when Casey was an assistant in Dallas and Stack will now begin his first NBA coaching gig with some familiarity with his new boss.
Source: NBA.com
Jul 30 - 10:49 AM
Joe Johnson - G/F - Nets

Mikhail Prokhorov referred to Joe Johnson as a "core" player in a video released to Nets fans.

The Nets unsuccessfully shopped Johnson around the league for quite a while, but it now appears that they are ready to move forward with him. Unloading the contract of Deron Williams certainly helped things, but the Nets will still be eager to see Johnson's massive contract expire next summer. Johnson's numbers have regressed in recent years, and Nets' play-by-play announcer Ian Eagle even said that he wouldn't be surprised if he was demoted to a bench role. If it isn't obvious enough, Johnson won't be a recommended target in fantasy leagues next season.
Jul 29 - 10:23 AM

Nets owners Mikhail Prokhorov said that he has "high expectations" for Bojan Bogdanovic this season.

"We also have high expectations for Bojan Bogdanovic, who showed us real flashes of brilliance in his first year on the Nets," Prokhorov said in a video released to fans. Bogdanovic came alive after the All-Star break last season with averages of 11.6 points, 2.8 boards, 1.1 assists and 1.6 3-pointers in 25.7 minutes per game, so there is some potential here. The shooting guard position is wide open in Brooklyn, and Bogdanovic could potentially win the starting slot over Markel Brown and Wayne Ellington. We will obviously be watching this situation closely at training camp.
Source: Nets Daily
Jul 29 - 9:29 AM

Ryan Boatright is impressing the Nets coaching staff.

Boatright, who was undrafted, has certainly left an impression since signing a two-year contract worth less than $1.5 million total. Boatright has a $75,000 guarantee if he's on the roster beyond August 1, but the Nets would be foolish not to bring him to training camp after he made 43.6 percent of his three-pointers in both the Orlando and Las Vegas summer leagues.
Jul 27 - 9:30 AM

Lionel Hollins heaped praise on Markel Brown for his performance in summer league.

"This year he came out, made an impact on the game, made shots and made plays," Hollins said. "That’s how you get noticed, by coming out and helping your team win." Brown looks like a solid enough piece for a very different Nets team, but he's not a fantasy asset at this time.
Source: NBA.com
Jul 27 - 9:28 AM

Shane Larkin said he is ready to push the tempo and bring some energy to the Nets' backcourt next season.

"I talked to Billy (King) and Lionel (Hollins) as soon as free agency started, and they told me they wanted me to come in and just play my game," Larkin said. "I’m more of a pick-and-roll guy, up and down. And that’s the thing they told me they wanted me to come in and do. For them to tell me they wanted me to come in push the tempo, bring some energy to the team, that was everything I wanted to hear." Larkin is expected to be the primary backup to Jarrett Jack, so he won't be a reliable asset unless Jack suffers an injury.
Source: ESPN
Jul 25 - 11:28 AM

Ryan Boatright is hopeful that the Nets will keep him on the roster for the 2015-16 season.

Boatright signed a two-year, $1.4 million deal with the Nets this summer, but it's not a lock that he will stick around in Brooklyn because his contract is only partially guaranteed. "I haven't gotten a 'for sure,' but they have been making the moves to tell you that I am here," Boatright said. "But I am going to continue to work, and continue forward and do what I've got to do until I get that guarantee." He averaged 14.3 points in the Las Vegas Summer League and connected on 47.8 percent of his 3-pointers, and it sounds like he has a solid shot of remaining with the Nets considering only Jarrett Jack and Shane Larkin are ahead of him on the depth chart.
Source: Newsday
Jul 24 - 9:56 AM


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