Player News - Nets

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Jarrett Allen will not play in Las Vegas due to a right hip flexor strain.

He suffered the injury two weeks ago at a pre-draft workout. That means the Nets may have still taken him at 22 knowing Allen was banged up. Still, he is expected to compete for the starting job in a very fast-paced offense. He's a fantasy sleeper in deep leagues.
Jun 28 - 2:56 PM

D'Angelo Russell said that he's ready to step into a leadership role with the Nets.

"Wherever they put me, I am going to take advantage of it to the fullest and that's me being the leader right away," Russell said when asked if he sees an opportunity to be a leader in Brooklyn. "I am looking forward to the challenge. You saying my leadership is being questioned, this is an opportunity to make the best out of it." Magic Johnson hinted that Russell's lack of leadership skills factored into the decision to trade him away, so he'll be looking to prove himself on the court this year. D-Lo will be a high-upside player to gamble on in the mid-rounds on draft day.
Source: ESPN
Jun 26 - 4:00 PM

The Nets will reportedly decline their $3.5 million team option for K.J. McDaniels, making him an unrestricted free agent.

McDaniels was traded from the Rockets mid-season last year, and as a member of the Nets' bench he averaged 6.3 points, 2.6 rebounds, 0.5 assists, 0.6 steals and 0.5 blocks. He has intriguing per-minute fantasy potential, but would need an ideal situation to be worth considering in typical leagues.
Jun 25 - 11:57 PM

Nets GM Sean Marks said Jeremy Lin is "definitely" still the leader of the team.

"We’ve got young players. He’s definitely the leader of that clubhouse, with his work ethic and the stuff he does in there," Marks said. "He’s tremendous." Lin has one more year left on his deal with a player option for a second, and Marks made it clear that he "certainly" wants him around. It's going to be interesting to see how he coexists with D'Angelo Russell, but Lin said he's excited to share the court alongside another player who is dynamic because it will make the game easier. The Nets should use plenty of two-PG lineups, so Lin's value should be fine.
Source: Nets Daily
Jun 24 - 11:55 AM

Coach Kenny Atkinson said the starting center position will be an "open competition."

It'll likely be Jarrett Allen vs. Timofey Mozgov for the starting spot. Obviously the Nets aren't exactly going for it as they rebuild through the draft, so that should give Allen an advantage. At Texas, Allen's Longhorns were very slow with their 252nd-ranked pace in the nation, so that'll be an adjustment for him. Still, the Nets were demolished inside last year and Atkinson should be able how to use Allen's 7'5" wingspan on both ends. He's a sleeper to watch in deep fantasy leagues.
Jun 23 - 5:51 PM

Nets GM Sean Marks said he's not concerned about D'Angelo Russell's maturity and is excited about getting a young player "with a lot of upside.’’

Marks also added that he wants to "develop him as a basketball player and a young man." Russell will likely share ball-handling responsibilities with Jeremy Lin in Brooklyn, but he couldn't ask for a better landing spot for fantasy value -- the Nets should play at one of the fastest paces in the NBA and Russell's 3-point attempts and playing time should increase. It also helps that the Nets have one of the best player development coaches in Kenny Atkinson. Per Synergy Sports, Russell scored or assisted on 44.8 points per 48 minutes in his second year in the NBA (up from 35.2 per 48 as a rookie), so it's easy to see why the Nets are so thrilled with this trade.
Source: NY Post
Jun 23 - 12:22 PM

The Nets selected FC Barcelona forward Aleksandar Vezenkov with the 57th pick.

The 6'9" power forward will be 22 years old this summer, but he's fully expected to be stashed overseas for at least one season. In 35 games in the ACB, Vezenkov averaged 8.7 points, 3.1 rebounds, 0.8 assists, hitting 1.1 3-pointers on a 35.6 percent clip. He only played 18.8 minutes per game, so hopefully his role grows in Spain next season.
Jun 23 - 12:16 AM

The trade that sent D'Angelo Russell and Timofey Mozgov to the Nets has been finalized by the NBA.

Brook Lopez is officially a member of the Lakers and there were no surprises during player physicals, so it's a done deal. Lopez should play a huge role in L.A.'s offense, while Russell has one of the more exciting outlooks with his responsibilities and playing time expected to spike in Brooklyn.
Jun 22 - 11:13 PM

The Nets took Texas center Jarrett Allen with the No. 22 pick in the NBA Draft.

With only Justin Hamilton and Timofey Mozgov left to play center after the Brook Lopez trade, Allen should see a big role as a rookie. His 7’5" wingspan along with his 36-inch max vert give him major potential as a rim protector at the next level. On offense, Allen did struggle with his free throws with only a 56.4 free throw percentage, but he was actually a decent jump shooter with his 47.7 percent on two-point jumpers. He may have a tougher time handling post-up plays on both ends and it’ll take time to adjust the NBA’s pick-and-roll game. And if you draft him, beware of the free throw damage he can do.
Jun 22 - 9:57 PM

Isaiah Whitehead said he'll be playing in Summer League.

The high-energy guard should be a fun sight to see. The arrival of D'Angelo Russell makes it interesting for Whitehead, who has the size to potential play off the ball more. He never really came around as a passer, so the Nets may try to groom him to be more of an off-ball guy.
Jun 22 - 1:01 PM

Timofey Mozgov has been traded to the Nets as a part of the Brook Lopez deal, according to sources of Adrian Wojnarowski.

Brooklyn was one of the few teams out there capable of taking on Mozgov's horrendous contract without it severely hampering the franchise, and while he could be a starter for the Nets next season, that doesn't mean much. Through 52 games as a starter for the Lakers this past season, Mozgov only managed to contribute averages of 7.5 points, 4.9 rebounds and just 0.6 blocks per contest.
Jun 20 - 6:38 PM

D'Angelo Russell and Timofey Mozgov have reportedly been sent to the Nets in exchange for Brook Lopez and the No. 27 pick in Thursday's NBA draft.

This is a great move for Russell as he'll be free to chuck up as many shots as he sees fit in Brooklyn's uptempo offense, and his arrival will likely relegate Jeremy Lin to a reserve role next season. D-Lo should be able to average around 30 minutes a game as the Nets de facto franchise point guard, and while the shooting percentages might not be pretty, he should be able to put up enough counting stats to warrant an early mid-round pick on draft day. Lin, however, won't be worth much more than a late-round flier.
Jun 20 - 6:15 PM

ESPN's Chad Ford is reporting that the Lakers are "dangling" D'Angelo Russell in trade talks.

It's already been reported that the Lakers are looking for an additional pick in the first round, but take this report with a grain of salt. Ford adds that the Lakers would be looking for a pick in the top 12 to select either Gonzaga's Zach Collins or Duke's Luke Kennard, but it's hard to imagine LAL giving up Russell for so little. Russell proved that he can play off the ball during the final months of the season, so there's no reason that he can't coexist with Lonzo Ball if that's who they take with the No. 2 pick. Jordan Clarkson and Julius Randle have also been in the rumor mill, but nothing is imminent by any means.
Jun 20 - 12:52 AM

Jarrett Allen is scheduled for a solo workout with the Trail Blazers on Monday.

Allen put in averages of 13.4 points, 8.4 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game during his one-and-done season with the Longhorns, and he figures to be right within Portland's range on draft day. He's capable of scoring with his back to the basket due to his length and impressive footwork, and is also an excellent finisher on the pick and roll, although he does need to pack on some muscle and work on finishing through traffic.
Jun 19 - 3:33 PM

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Caris LeVert and Isaiah Whitehead will play in Las Vegas Summer League.

Solid. In limited playing time, LeVert was marvelous in his NBA rookie season with his quick moves and up-tempo style, so he should be a treat. The Nets won't pick until 27 in the draft and there's little competition for LeVert's playing time, so he should be all set for 24-28 minutes next season. He's a sneaky pick in fantasy around 100.
Jun 15 - 8:35 PM


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