Player News - Nets

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Mason Plumlee denied allegations that his ties to Nike and Duke influenced the decision to include him on the final 12-man Team USA roster.

"I’m very proud that I went to Duke and I’m very proud that I wear Nike, and that has nothing to do with it," Plumlee said. "If you were at our practices and our training camp, anybody that was there, they would see why I made the team." Plumlee is significantly less talented than his teammates on the US squad, and that has prompted some conspiracy theory-like questions. However, he plays a marginal role for the team (just 16 total minutes over the first two games) and he does provide some needed size. Choose what you want to believe, but if Team USA comes home with anything less than a gold medal, coach Mike Krzyzewski will likely be scrutinized for his roster decisions.
Source: NBC Sports
Sep 1 - 5:10 PM

Andray Blatche played well during Monday's near-upset of Argentina, scoring 14 points and grabbing 15 rebounds in the loss.

Blatche is now averaging 21 points, and 13.7 rebounds through three contests with the Philippines, and he looks like a guy trying to increase his value for a contract. The Heat have reportedly expressed interest in the unrestricted free agent, but if he were to sign in Miami he'd likely be in a timeshare with Josh McRoberts and Udonis Haslem, limiting his fantasy value. He's also been linked to Toronto, but they're very deep at the power forward position, so his value there would be nearly non-existent. Stay tuned.
Sep 1 - 3:45 PM

Bojan Bogdanovic led his Croatian team in scoring with 15 points, but it was not enough as his team was upset by Senegal.

Bojan struggled offensively, shooting just 5-of-14 from the field, and 1-of-7 from deep. However, he's been a leader on the Croatian squad and his team is still expected to advance to the single elimination stage of the tournament, as the Philippines and Puerto Rico remain winless with just three games left. Bojan is talented but he'll face stiff competition for minutes in Brooklyn, and he doesn't look like someone that should be targeted in standard leagues.
Sep 1 - 12:34 PM

Andray Blatche will play through a bit of pain he's experiencing in his knee when the Philippines take on Greece on Sunday.

Blatche scored 28 points to go along with 12 rebounds in his last outing as the Philippines nearly upset Croatia, and he'll continue to put up big stat lines as the Philippines' best player by a wide margin. Blatche remains an unrestricted free agent, and it's unclear where he will land for the 2014-15 season. He met with the Raptors back in July, but a move to Toronto would take him out of the conversation in standard leagues.
Aug 31 - 12:03 PM

Bojan Bogdanovic scored 16 points during Croatia's win over Argentina on Sunday, adding seven rebounds, three 3-pointers, two assists, and a steal.

Bojan was efficient, shooting 6-of-11 from the field, and had a nice overall game in the upset. That being said, the Nets have capable veterans at the small forward position, so he will really have to fight to earn minutes during his rookie campaign. He's not someone to target in standard leagues.
Aug 31 - 10:58 AM

Lionel Hollins stated that he has not yet determined who will start this upcoming season.

"Who starts will develop from practice, preseason and then the coaching staff’s decision on how we best fit," said Hollins. Looking at the Nets depth chart, it would seem the largest uncertainty with who will start is at the power forward position. Kevin Garnett has started every game of his career since his rookie season, but the aging veteran also posted career-lows across the board during his 2013-14 campaign. Mason Plumlee has stated that he'd like to play alongside Brook Lopez at the power forward spot, and we'll be watching the position battle closely over training camp and preseason. However, Plumlee figures to be more of a deep league play, while Garnett shouldn't be targeted in any leagues.
Aug 31 - 9:30 AM

Bojan Bogdanovic scored 26 points to lead Croatia past the Philippines in overtime on Saturday, making 9-of-18 shots with two 3-pointers, three rebounds and two steals.

The Pinoy team made this surprisingly competitive thanks to Andray Blatche, who scored 28 points, but they're not expected to advance to the elimination round. Bogdanovic also turned the ball over six times and while it's nice to see him scoring with ease internationally, he'll face a steep learning curve during his rookie NBA season.
Source: FIBA.com
Aug 30 - 2:14 PM

The Olympic Council of Asia has suggested that Andray Blatche may be barred from playing for the Philippines in the upcoming Asian Games.

The OCA is interpreting residence requirements in a way that would prevent the Philippines team from using Blatche, who is tantamount to a 'ringer' in the Asian Games tournament. The 28-year-old free agent isn't likely to sign with an NBA team until he's fulfilled his international obligations. He was recently sidelined by a minor ankle injury, but he returned to action for a recent loss to Croatia in the FIBA World Cup.
Source: Grantland
Aug 30 - 11:14 AM

A video posted on Friday shows an apparently healthy Deron Williams (ankle surgeries) going through an on-court dribbling drill.

Nets coach Lionel Hollins said that D-Will was healthy and able to workout in early August, but he wasn't expected to resume full basketball activities until September. D-Will admitted that he lost confidence in himself last season but he seems determined to regain his footing as an elite NBA guard. "I think first of all he has to be healthy and he has to be in great shape," said Hollins. "We’re going to try to put him in a situation where he can flourish, which will give him confidence, and go from there."
Source: Nets Daily
Aug 30 - 10:05 AM

Brook Lopez is confident heading into the 2014-15 season, and he believes he'll be better than he's ever been.

"Like I said before, I’m not looking for any restrictions," Lopez told ESPN New York and Newsday Friday. "I’m confident I’m gonna be able to go out there and be better than I’ve ever been." Lopez has had two injury-plagued seasons during his career, but didn't miss a single game during his first three seasons in the league. He'll be a risky selection on draft day, but when healthy, Lopez is capable of putting up truly elite value at the center position.
Aug 29 - 4:24 PM

Kobe Bryant said Deron Williams lost confidence in himself during the Eastern Conference semifinal loss to the Heat.

Kobe mentioned he'd never go 0-for-9 like Deron did in Game 2, and he'd go 0-of-30 before he'd do that. Williams missed 18 games last season and his troublesome ankles make him a risky pick in fantasy drafts. Although, he shot the ball well in 2013-14 and he should run the offense a lot more with Paul Pierce out of town.
Aug 27 - 3:21 PM

Mason Plumlee will represent Team USA for the FIBA World Cup.

If you made a list of the best 100 players in the NBA right now, Plumlee probably wouldn't be on it. He didn't make a single shot outside of the paint last season and he can't really put the ball on the floor in the low post, but coach Mike Krzyzewski likes him. He's still not worth drafting in standard leagues while Brook Lopez (foot) is healthy.
Aug 23 - 11:02 AM

Mason Plumlee is expected to make Team USA, according to ESPN.com.

He's a coach Mike Krzyzewski favorite since his Duke days and the national team needs a big man. The injury to DeMarcus Cousins doesn't seem to be a factor here and Plumlee would have made the team anyway. While he has no semblance of a game beyond five feet on offense, Team USA could always use a big guy around the rim. He's the only player on Team USA who isn't worth drafting in standard leagues.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 22 - 9:14 AM

Brook Lopez said he has slimmed down to 275 pounds as he prepares for the upcoming season.

"I'm at my playing weight," Lopez said. "I'm back to the weight that's normal for me. Last I checked, I was just under 275 [pounds]." Lopez was on his way to a solid fantasy season last year, averaging 20.7 points, 6.0 rebounds, 1.8 blocks and 56.3 percent shooting from the field. Unfortunately he was lost for the entire season after only 17 games played. If he can stay healthy, Lopez will be a true fantasy difference maker at the center position.
Aug 21 - 2:50 PM

A minor ankle injury caused Andray Blatche to sit out a recent exhibition with the Philippine team Gilas Pilipinas.

Blatche's injury is "not serious" which is great news for the unrestricted free agent and his temporary Philippine team, which lost to Ukraine by 50 points on Monday. He met with the Raptors in July and has been linked to the Heat, but he remains one of the most talented unsigned big men in the league. He averaged 11.2 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.0 steals in 22 minutes with Brooklyn last year, but questions about his attitude may be hampering his value around the league.
Source: Rivals
Aug 20 - 10:05 AM


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