Player News - Nets

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In an interview with Chris Mannix of NBC Sports, Nets coach Kenny Atkinson said that Brook Lopez is "absolutely" a building block for Brooklyn.

"He's already an excellent player," Atkinson said. "Can we get him to another level. Can we help him get to another level. But I'm a huge fan. I think he plays the game the right way. I think he's smart. It's a fast paced game right now in the NBA, but I look at Andrew Bogut in Golden State. They play pretty fast and he does alright in the offense. So, I think there's a place for Brook in this new NBA." Lopez averaged 20.6 points, 7.8 boards, 2.0 assists, 1.7 blocks and 0.8 steals this season, returning top 25-value in standard leagues. If this quote is any indication, Atkinson has big plans for Lopez moving forward.
Source: NetsDaily
May 21 - 9:34 AM

Nets GM Sean Marks said he is not looking to trade Brook Lopez or Thaddeus Young.

"I'm certainly not looking to trade them," Marks said of Lopez and Young. "But again, you have to be fluid. You never know what will come your way. I hope they are a part of us. ... I have to maximize their talent and build around them. We have to wait and see." Brooklyn doesn't have many assets and won't even control their own first-round pick until 2019, so it's still possible that the Nets gauge the value of Lopez and Young if they have the chance to get picks or promising young players to build around.
Source: ESPN
May 20 - 11:14 AM

If Mike D'Antoni is hired as the head coach of the Rockets, Lionel Hollins could join his staff as an assistant coach, according to sources of Calvin Watkins.

There have been reports that if D'Antoni gets the gig, Houston will push him to hire a defensive minded coach to join his staff, although there's been no indication from Hollins' side if he's at all interested in being an assistant coach. Hollins also reportedly was spotted having dinner with Grizzlies GM Chris Wallace on Monday, which hints that he may be in the running for the Memphis head coaching gig.
May 19 - 5:40 PM

Thomas Robinson is reportedly expected to opt out of his deal this offseason in order to become an unrestricted free agent.

Robinson figures to see a nice pay raise after putting in averages of 14.6 points and 12.3 rebounds through seven games as a starter, and it'll be interesting to see if he seeks a change of scenery as a free agent. The Spurs could be an option for him with reports suggesting that San Antonio may be ready to move on from Boris Diaw, and David West potentially set to hit the open market as he has a player option on Year-2, but the Spurs would basically present Robinson with zero opportunity to establish himself as a standard league asset in fantasy hoops.
May 18 - 11:46 AM

Kenny Smith said he met with the Rockets about their vacant head coach position, but is likely to stay with his TNT job.

While Smith met with the Rockets, he doesn't sound likely to leave TNT. "I had great talks with [team owner] Les Alexander afterwards for a couple of days," Smith said. "We corresponded. The Rockets have a philosophy of what they think their coach should be. Right now, I’m here and it looks like I’m going to be here. And that’s great." The Rockets will now likely shift their attention to names like Frank Vogel and David Blatt, so fans of Smith's work on TNT have nothing ton worry about.
May 17 - 10:03 AM

Kenny Smith is not in the running for the Rockets head coaching job, according to Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle.

This isn't really a surprise at all. The Rockets are likely to focus on former head coaches to run things. While Smith is entertaining on TV, being out of the league for a while likely hurt his chances. They'll be going after guys like Frank Vogel this week.
May 16 - 2:03 PM

The Nets will have Jacque Vaughn on their coaching staff.

This was an expected move, and it's now been confirmed by new head coach Kenny Atkinson.
May 16 - 1:13 PM

Lionel Hollins could be an option for the Grizzlies vacant head coach position.

The Grizzlies have a void behind their bench after parting way with Dave Joerger and Hollins was seen having dinner with Memphis general manager Chris Wallace on Monday. We'll keep an eye on the situation, but there could be something to this as Hollins coached the team from 2009-2013.
May 10 - 9:19 AM

The Rockets will interview Kenny Smith in Florida on Tuesday, according to Mark Berman of FOX 26 in Houston.

Run through the tape? According to the report, general manager Daryl Morey and owner Leslie Alexander are expected to fly out there for the interview. Smith has become a TV personality for so long that it would certainly be a compelling fit for a team with a lot of turmoil this season.
May 9 - 2:33 PM

Nets draft-and-stash prospect Juan Vaulet had to pull himself from an Argentine playoff game on Friday due to an Achilles injury.

He is dealing with "severe pain" near his left ankle, but there are conflicting reports on whether or not it's an ankle or Achilles issue. The 20-year-old swingman has had some tough luck with injuries in the past and has already suffered fractures to both ankles which required surgeries, so hopefully this latest injury isn't too serious. We should get more details this weekend.
Source: Nets Daily
May 7 - 10:23 AM

Andrea Bargnani said he left the Nets because his tenure there did not live up to what was promised to him.

Bargnani played just 46 games with the Nets and averaged just 6.6 points and 13.8 minutes per game. "I chose to leave the Nets and a guaranteed contract because the conditions under which they had convinced me to sign were not there and being used with limited playing time made ​​no sense for me or for the team," Bargnani wrote. Il Mago has alluded to playing overseas next season, but he's off the fantasy radar even if he winds up back in the NBA.
May 5 - 10:23 AM

Kenny Smith may interview for the Houston Rockets vacant head coach position, according to league sources.

The Rockets are already looking at former player Sam Cassell as their potential head coach and may add his former teammate to the list. Smith played coy on Wednesday and said he's happy at TNT, but we'll keep an eye on news surrounding the former Rockets guard.
Source: ESPN
May 5 - 9:44 AM

The Nets are expected to hire Jacque Vaughn as Kenny Atkinson's top assistant, sources told Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical.

It's worth noting that new Nets GM Sean Marks worked closely with Vaughn during their tenure together in San Antonio. Vaughn did not fare well in Orlando as the team's head coach, but he'll get a chance to rebuild his stock sitting alongside Atkinson on Brooklyn's bench. The Nets lack both assets and talent, so the newly-assembled front office and coaching staff could very well be the franchise's most valuable current commodity. Needless to say, Brooklyn is a hard hat zone with how much work and construction needs to be done in order to build a sustainable winner.
May 2 - 9:48 AM

Jarrett Jack (knee surgery) is expected to be cleared for basketball activities in about a month and a half.

He was diagnosed with a torn right ACL and meniscus back in January, but initial reports indicated that he will be ready for the 2016-17 season. The Nets hold a team option on him worth $6.3 million, and he could be a starter again next season unless they bring in another point guard this summer. He averaged 12.8 points, 7.4 assists, 4.3 boards, 1.1 steals and 1.0 3-pointers in 32 games during the 2015-16 campaign.
Apr 30 - 9:16 AM

Shane Larkin said that he's unsure if he'll pick up his player option with the Nets worth $1.5 million for the 2016-17 season.

"I’m not a guy who wants to play a 10-year career with eight different teams," said Larkin. "I want to find a home and really lock in with a team where I know what the coach wants, what my teammates want and we can just all grow together." Larkin added that starting is not important to him, and he just wants a two or three-year deal with a team that views him as a long-term solution and not just a fill-in guy. Given Larkin's skill set and struggles with consistency, he could be asking for a bit much with these requests.
Apr 20 - 9:37 AM


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