Player News - Nets

Date: Team: Pos:

Mason Plumlee is competing with DeMarcus Cousins and Andre Drummond for Team USA's backup center spot.

With the final cut for the World Cup of Basketball coming as soon as Thursday, the backup center spot will seemingly come down to Plumlee and Cousins. However, head coach Mike Krzyzewski attempted to diffuse the speculation that stemmed from Drummond not leaving the bench during Friday's exhibition against Brazil. "We haven't picked the team yet. People read into everything," Krzyzewski said. "That's part of the world we live in."
Source: ESPN
Aug 19 - 11:20 AM

General manager Billy King said the Nets do not have a restriction on Brook Lopez (foot) right now.

He's been cleared for all basketball activity and will be ready for training camp. The team has said before that they won't limit Lopez's minutes, so this isn't much of a surprise. Before he went down to injury last season, he was putting up first-round value in fantasy leagues.
Aug 18 - 10:30 AM

Andrei Kirilenko revealed during a recent interview that he donated most of his 2011-12 salary to a Moscow Orphanage.

Kirilenko played for CSKA Moscow that season and earned an estimated four million euros (roughly $5 million dollars after taxes). "Most of [my salary] went into Moscow orphanage number 59 – we repaired it, and built a basketball court there. Also, we have bought gear for teams participating in School Basket. We have repaired gyms in many schools." It's possible Kirilenko steps into a larger role with the Nets this season with the departure of Paul Pierce, and he looks like a late-round flier in deeper leagues.
Aug 17 - 1:23 PM

Mirza Teletovic said coach Lionel Hollins told him he's counting on him this season.

The Nets are thinner at power forward this season with Kevin Garnett as their likely starter, but Teletovic may see plenty of time as the stretch four off the bench. He's expected to see a nice increase and was actually ranked fifth in the NBA for 3-pointers in the fourth quarter, so he's a low-end specialist to grab late in a standard draft.
Source: Nets Daily
Aug 15 - 9:23 AM

Mirza Teletovic said the adjustment to the NBA for Bojan Bogdanovic will be hard.

Both players are from Croatia and have an excellent chance to contribute for the Nets this season. The Nets lost Shaun Livingston and Paul Pierce, so fantasy owners can expect Bogdanovic to get minutes at small forward. Although, he's not a fantasy target in most leagues until he proves he's a capable asset.
Source: Nets Daily
Aug 15 - 9:17 AM

Jason Collins is still undecided, but is leaning towards retiring from the NBA.

"As the years go by, you watch your hand go lower and lower on that square. Father Time is undefeated against us all," Collins said. "I'm really grateful for my Stanford degree now. On the other hand, I can still dunk." Collins only averaged 1.1 points and 0.9 rebounds with the Nets last year and has a big career ahead of him as a speaker on LGBT issues, so it would be a surprise to see him back on the court this season.
Aug 14 - 9:20 AM

Markel Brown was diagnosed with a non-displaced fracture of the fourth metacarpal in his right hand on Monday.

The injury will sideline Brown from all basketball related activities for 4-6 weeks, but he should be fine by the start of training camp. Brown was the 44th pick in the 2014 draft, and averaged 10.0 points per game on 52.9 percent shooting during the Orlando Summer League. He's not likely to be a rotation player during his first NBA season, and he's off the radar in standard leagues.
Aug 11 - 4:53 PM

Mason Plumlee said he wants to start for the Nets next season.

"Oh yeah," Plumlee said when asked if he wanted to start. "What player doesn't want to start?" He has a chance to make Team USA and he's coming off a great finish to his 2013-14 season, but it would be hard to see him starting over a healthy Brook Lopez. Plumlee didn't make a single shot outside of the paint last season, so he's obviously not an option at power forward. He's not an option in most fantasy leagues.
Source: Nets Daily
Aug 9 - 10:51 AM

Bojan Bogdanovic struggled vs. France in Croatia's loss on Saturday, making 2-of-10 from the field for eight points with four rebounds, two assists and one 3-pointer.

It was an international friendly as Croatia gets ready for FIBA and it took place at a French basketball practice facility. Bogdanovic will play for the Nets this season and has a chance to get minutes from the jump, so we'll be keeping an eye on him. He's not worth a draft pick in standard leagues yet.
Source: Nets Daily
Aug 9 - 9:08 AM

Lionel Hollins reached out to the entire Nets team, but he did not hear back from Kevin Garnett or Joe Johnson.

"The important ones are the young guys and the new guys that are coming to the team," Hollins said. "I’ve had chances to talk to Brook [Lopez] on multiple occasions and Deron Williams, and so it’s been good." Garnett is still expected to come back with the Nets despite the team losing out on Paul Pierce to the Wizards.
Aug 8 - 9:32 AM

Nets coach Lionel Hollins said that both Deron Williams and Brook Lopez are healthy.

"Deron is healthy, Brook is healthy and they are both able to work out," Hollins said. This is good news for Williams as he comes off a disappointing 2013-14 season. He only started 58 games and posted his lowest averages in points, rebounds, and assists since his rookie season. The 30-year-old still has the potential to be an upper-echelon fantasy point guard, but owners shouldn't completely forget about last season when spending draft capital on him.
Source: Newsday
Aug 7 - 12:57 PM

Nets prospect Xavier Thames has signed with Sevilla in the Spanish League.

Brooklyn will retain the draft rights to this summer's No. 59 pick, but it's uncertain if the 23-year-old guard will ever come to the NBA. He's billed as a good shooter but didn't help his cause in the Orlando Summer League, where he averaged 3.6 points on 26 percent shooting.
Aug 6 - 12:03 PM

Brook Lopez (foot) said he's "fully cleared for play and everything."

He's been out since Dec. 20 due to a fracture in his foot and was ruled out for the 2013-14 season back on Dec. 22. The Nets have seen Mason Plumlee step up in the past couple months of the season and he's looked great at summer league and with Team USA, so perhaps Plumlee can take a handful of minutes from Lopez. After not missing a single game in the first three seasons, Lopez has missed an average of 44.7 games over his last three seasons.
Source: Nets Daily
Aug 4 - 12:59 PM

Brook Lopez (foot) traveled to Russia with his brother, Robin, for a charity event.

He is doing some basketball activities and has been moving well, according to a report last month. Lopez is on track to making his return to training camp, but his injury history knocks him out as an early-round pick in fantasy leagues. For what it's worth, his per-game value was 12th overall in 9-cat leagues last season.
Source: Nets Daily
Aug 1 - 9:34 AM

The Brooklyn Nets will play three games at the Barclays Center and two in China for the 2014 preseason.

They will also play their final preseason game in Boston on October 22. The scheduling of the games is a bit odd, as the team will come back from China and play three games in four nights. The Nets are looking to bounce back from a disappointing season that saw them ousted in the second round of the playoffs. Although they lost Paul Pierce to the Wizards in free agency, the addition of a (hopefully) healthy Brook Lopez should give the team a much needed boost.
Jul 31 - 2:51 PM


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