Player News - Nets

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Nets GM Sean Marks said that he loves Isaiah Whitehead's energy and passion.

"He fits what we want to be. He fits what we embody," Marks said. "His tenacity, his professionalism, for us he embodies what Brooklyn grit is all about. … He is a combo guard. We like what he brings to the table. We liked his fire, his energy and his passion." Whitehead is going to get an opportunity to play right away in Brooklyn, so he's in an ideal situation for fantasy purposes.
Jun 25 - 12:18 PM

Caris LeVert (foot) is not expected to play in the summer league.

LeVert had several different injuries in college and is currently recovering from a Jones fracture in the fifth metatarsal. He's also still on crutches, and he said that he won't rush his recovery this summer. "I’m a long-term thinker, a long-term type of guy, always have been," said LeVert. "I’m just excited. I know it’s a lot of work to be put in right now, but I’m just excited to get to this point." Given the Nets' lack of depth at both guard spots, LeVert could make a fantasy impact in his rookie season.
Jun 25 - 12:11 PM

Chris McCullough has been working on his game with Nets coach Kenny Atkinson this summer.

"Yeah! That’s my dude, man," McCullough said of Atkinson. "Once he got there, we clicked. I’m working with him all the time, and he’s always in the gym, working hard. He reached out to me when he got hired, so we’re well connected now. It’s great." The Nets traded away Thaddeus Young to the Pacers, so McCullough is currently the only power forward under contract for the 2016-17 season. He's going to be a name to watch at the summer league.
Source: Nets Daily
Jun 25 - 10:08 AM

Yogi Ferrell will play for the Nets during the summer league.

The undrafted free agent was expected to be taken in the second round, but it didn't work out for the Indiana product. Ferrell is undersized at 6'0 and 178 pounds, but he has four years of college experience and averaged 17.3 points, 5.6 assists, 2.3 triples and 1.1 steals during his senior season. There's a good chance that he could make the Nets' final roster, especially if they move on from Jarrett Jack.
Jun 24 - 9:22 AM

The Nets are unsure if they will pick up Jarrett Jack's (knee) team option.

The Nets have until June 30 to make the call. If they don't pick it up, they would only owe Jack his $500K guarantee. He could also be an interesting trade chip. The Nets picked up Isaiah Whitehead, so he would have a huge opportunity in front of him sans Jack.
Jun 24 - 12:40 AM

The Brooklyn Nets have selected Isaiah Whitehead with the No. 42 pick in the 2016 NBA Draft.

The Nets traded the No. 55 selection and cash to move up to No. 42 for Whitehead. He’s very popular among the NYC crowd, playing his college ball at Seton Hall and growing up in Brooklyn. Whitehead didn’t do much in his freshman season, but turned it around in his sophomore campaign with averages of 18.2 points, 3.6 boards, 5.1 assists, 1.2 steals, 2.4 treys and a whopping 1.4 blocks. He has size at 6’5" and has athleticism, so there’s upside here in fantasy and reality. The hometown Nets are a great landing spot for Whitehead as there is currently plenty of opportunity in the backcourt.
Jun 23 - 11:34 PM

The Nets selected Caris LeVert with the 20th pick in the Draft.

He was expected to come out last year, but he stayed for his senior season and was very unlucky with a left foot injury. This was the third time he had a left foot injury, so this is a dangerous red flag with stress fractures. LeVert was extremely efficient at Michigan, turning in a magnificent 64.3 true shooting percentage. The Nets traded away Thaddeus Young to get him, but LeVert was projected to go in the second round which makes this a questionable move.
Jun 23 - 9:52 PM

Several league executives have reportedly very impressed with Yogi Ferrell after viewing his workouts.

Ferrell is a bit undersized at 6'0 and 178 pounds, but the Hoosier product is an elite athlete who plays with a ton of heart. He spent four years at Indiana, so he's a bit older than most prospects, but Ferrell should be able to establish himself as a solid backup point guard in the league after posting averages of 17.3 points, 5.6 assists, 2.3 triples and 1.1 steals during his final year with the Hoosiers. He's currently expected to be an early-to-mid second-round selection on draft day.
Jun 21 - 3:39 PM

Andrea Bargnani is interested in playing in the Spanish ACB next season.

He's likely not going to get any NBA interest, so playing overseas is probably the right move. In addition to the ACB, Bargnani has also been linked to Darussafaka Dogus in Turkey. For what it's worth, David Blatt is the head coach there.
Source: Sportando
Jun 12 - 11:50 AM

Nets assistant coach Chris Fleming flew to Croatia to meet with Bojan Bogdanovic about his offseason plans.

"It’s important for me that Chris came to Zagreb, that Nets sent him there," Bogdanovic said. "That’s proof for me that Nets have big plans for me in next season. We talked a lot what I should improve in my game. He said [for me] to be more consistent in spot up shooting coming from screens. Also, I should post up more, because I did that a lot in Europe, but not in NBA." While the Nets may have high hopes for Bogdanovic, his role could take a hit next season with Rondae Hollis-Jefferson coming for his minutes.
Jun 12 - 9:48 AM

Juan Vaulet likely won't be on the Brooklyn roster next season.

The draft-and-stash prospect just turned 20 in March, so the Nets will likely keep developing him overseas. Vaulet is currently resting his surgically repaired right ankle, so he won't play for Argentina this summer.
Jun 12 - 9:42 AM

Thomas Robinson intends to opt out of his contract for the 2016-17 season.

It makes sense because the big man would've made just $1.05 million if he exercised his player option. Despite struggling for the majority of the season, Robinson thrived in seven starts down the stretch, averaging 14.6 points and 12.3 rebounds with six double-doubles. He's already been linked to the Spurs this summer, but expect several other suitors to emerge in the coming weeks.
Jun 10 - 10:46 AM

Nets draft-and-stash prospect Juan Vaulet has dropped out of the Argentine national team tryouts.

He is going to take some time off to rest his surgically repaired right ankle, so the Nets will probably be in favor of this move. The 20-year-old seems to have some durability issues and has already suffered fractures to both of his ankles which required surgeries, so we may not see him in the NBA for another season or two.
Jun 10 - 9:49 AM

Jarrett Jack (knee) was running without a knee brace on Wednesday.

He posted a video of himself running on a beach volleyball court. We haven't seen many updates on Jack since his surgery back in January, but he was expected to start basketball activity this month. He will likely be limited in training camp and should have a minutes cap to start the season.
Jun 8 - 5:40 PM

Sergey Karasev is planning to play in Russia for the 2016-17 season, according to league sources.

Karasev will reportedly return to Russia to play for his father, Vasily, at Zenit in St. Petersburg. We'll keep an eye on the situation, but it looks like fantasy owners can take Karasev off their draft boards for next season.
Jun 7 - 11:27 AM


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