Player News - Nets

Date: Team: Pos:

Mirza Teletovic said he'll leave his future up to his agent.

Teletovic will be an unrestricted free agent if the Nets don't extend a qualifying contract offer, but that seems unlikely. After returning from blood clots on his lungs this season, Teletovic's future in Brooklyn is a question mark.
Source: Newsday
May 4 - 10:09 AM

When asked about his impending free agency, Alan Anderson offered a lukewarm endorsement of his future with the Nets.

"I'm free, so..." he said. "I would love to stay in Brooklyn, but I am a free agent. So I will be free." Anderson should have no problem clearing offers north of $3M annually, more than twice what he made in 2014-15. We don't expect him back with the Nets.
Source: Newsday
May 4 - 10:07 AM

Thad Young admitted that Brook Lopez's free-agent decision will impact his future with the Nets.

Lopez has a player option for next season, and Young, who has an early termination option, admitted that Lopez's decision has influence on what his next move will be. "I definitely want to see what the big fella is going to do also, but we've already been told that they expect us back next year and they want us back next year no matter if we pick up our options or opt out," Young said.
Source: Newsday
May 4 - 10:06 AM

Brook Lopez, who has a $16.7 million player option for next season, is noncommittal about his future with the Nets.

"I like being here," he said. "I absolutely enjoyed my time with the Nets. It's been good for me." Earlier this season, the thought of Lopez opting out and leaving nearly $17 million on the table was unfathomable. Now? It's expected Lopez will opt out and command a sizable multi-year deal. For what it's worth, Lopez spoke of the Nets in the past tense. If he does hit free agency, Lopez will be a fascinating case to watch unfold. The Nets would have an incredibly tough time replacing Lopez if he walks out of Brooklyn.
Source: Newsday
May 4 - 10:03 AM

Nets coach Lionel Hollins said on Saturday that Deron Williams is "not a franchise player any more."

Hollins has consistently tried to lower expectations for his former All-Star guard, but never quite as explicitly as he did today. "He's a good player, he's a solid player, but I don't think he's a franchise player anymore," Hollins said. "I'm proud of the way he's bounced back and played, and there's so much pressure on him to be a franchise player, and everybody talks about a franchise player, but we need to have a franchise team." Williams missed 14 games due to injury this season, and when healthy he shot 38.7 percent from the field. Fantasy owners shouldn't reach for him until well into the middle rounds.
Source: Nets Daily
May 2 - 2:17 PM
Joe Johnson - G/F - Nets

Joe Johnson admitted that he has "no idea" what the Nets' roster will look like next season.

"I don't see us coming back as the same team," said Johnson, whose 14.4 points this season were his lowest since 2002-03. "To not even be a .500 ballclub in the East, it's disheartening ... I think everyone in that locker room is unsure of the future here." Brook Lopez and Thaddeus Young are the most pressing issues for Brooklyn, as Lopez is an unrestricted free agent and Young has a player option for 2015-16.
May 2 - 11:52 AM

Alan Anderson expects to opt out of his player option in favor of free agency this summer.

The 32-year-old swingman shot 34.8 percent from downtown this season and became a reliable rotation player for Lionel Hollins, though he was little more than a 3-point specialist in fantasy leagues. It's not surprising to see him turn down a $1.3 million salary to pursue the security of a longer-team deal.
May 2 - 10:40 AM

Thaddeus Young could enter the free-agent market by exercising his early-termination option for 2015-16.

Young would make $10.2 million if he doesn't terminate his deal, and may prefer to hold out one more season to cash in on the expected salary-surge tied to the league's new TV revenues in 2016-17. No matter what he decides, ESPN's Mike Mazzeo reports that Brooklyn aims to retain Young as their starting power forward. He ended his tumultuous season on a poor note, averaging 9.0 points and 5.0 rebounds in 24 minutes per game during losses in Games 5 and 6.
May 2 - 9:25 AM

The Nets reportedly intend to retain Brook Lopez even if he declines his $16.7 million player option for the 2015-16 season.

Few players boosted their stock as a free agent more than Lopez this season -- coming off major reconstructive foot surgery, he played in 72 games and in the playoffs he averaged 20.4 points, 8.0 rebounds and 2.6 blocks. He finished the year with top-30 fantasy value but projects as a high-risk, high-reward pick on draft day due to his injury history.
May 2 - 9:14 AM

Deron Williams scored 13 points on 5-of-10 shooting (including a three) with five rebounds and four assists in the Nets' 111-87 Game 6 loss to the Hawks on Friday.

Williams and his starting teammates were all somewhere between -16 and -29 in the plus/minus department and just couldn't get stops. Joe Johnson scored 12 points on 5-of-13 shooting with six rebounds, six assists and two steals, Brook Lopez hit 7-of-15 shots for 19 and seven, and Thad Young saw just 23 minutes for a pedestrian seven points and six boards. The Nets are staring down the barrel of an ugly re-boot.
May 1 - 11:21 PM

Jarrett Jack scored 11 points on 4-of-10 shooting with seven rebounds and five assists in 27 minutes off the bench in Friday's Game 6 loss.

Jack's production basically acts like empty calories at this stage in his career, as the defensive deficiencies and sporadic bad decision-making aren't offset by the good that he does when hot. He's under contract for $6.3 million next season.
May 1 - 11:12 PM

Alan Anderson will come off the bench again on Friday.

The Nets are going with the same starters despite Anderson playing remarkably well. If Anderson is hot, expect him to take minutes away from Bojan Bogdanovic and/or Thaddeus Young.
May 1 - 6:18 PM

Sergey Karasev (knee) is targeting a return to contact basketball in August.

He is still not running yet from his surgery last month. Karasev hopes to be able to travel with the team for summer league, but he won't be playing. He's unlikely to be in the rotation.
May 1 - 5:36 PM

Deron Williams cooled off against the Hawks during a 107-97 loss on Wednesday, making 2-of-8 from the field for five points with six rebounds, six assists, one steal and two turnovers in 32 minutes.

He scored 35 points in Game 4, but Deron was back to looking flat again. Williams did suffer what looked to be an ankle tweak, which can be added to his lower back and knee issues. He's been better at home in the playoffs and will look to bounce back in Game 6 on Friday. Although, he was actually worse at home during the regular season.
Apr 29 - 9:43 PM

Brook Lopez struggled against the Hawks on Wednesday with 15 points, three rebounds, two assists and three blocks in 39 minutes.

Maybe he just ran out of gas because he just looked like a different player late. His defense was really bad and he forced several shots today. Lopez did see his scoring increase in every game during this series up until now. He'll look for a better game in Game 6 on Friday.
Apr 29 - 9:43 PM


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