Player News - Nets

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When asked about playing against Kristaps Porzingis, Rodions Kurucs said he's "gonna beat his ass."

The two Latvian forwards have length for days with Kurucs standing 6'10", but he will also need to bulk up at 190 pounds. Kurucs is coming to come over this year after his time with Barcelona, and he could be someone to watch in summer league. He obviously has work to do as the 40th pick.
Jun 22 - 3:49 PM

The Nets have inked second-round pick Rodions Kurucs to a four-year contract, according to NBA reporter David Pick.

The Nets drafted Kurucs with the 40th overall pick in the 2018 draft. There was some thought that he could be a draft-and-stash for Brooklyn, but it appears he has already secured his buyout from Barcelona and will play in the NBA in 2018-19. The final years of Kurucs' deal are likely only partially guaranteed.
Jun 22 - 11:52 AM

The Nets took F Rodions Kurucs with the 40th pick in the NBA Draft.

The Latvian 6’10" small forward could be a draft-and-stash player, and he’ll need to bulk up at 190 pounds anyway. After he withdrew from the draft in 2017, he was able to drop his buyout significantly, so maybe he does come over this year. There are concerns all over the place with ball-handling and passing, but Kurucs can score and could eventually become an ideal stretch four after he bulks up. His large buyout has been negotiated down some, so he could be in the NBA this season, although we're not expecting him to make an impact.
Jun 21 - 11:18 PM

The Nets selected Dzanan Musa with the 29th overall pick in the 2018 NBA draft.

The 19-year-old Bosnian already has three years of professional ball under his belt, he was the FIBA Europe Under-16 Championship MVP, and is a three-time Croatian League champion. Musa is 6’9" and is a versatile scorer with a strong jump shot. He was named the Most Improved Player at the 2017 Adidas Eurocamp for NBA prospects. Musa has said he wants to come over and play in the NBA next season. His buyout is only $1 million.
Jun 21 - 10:43 PM

Dwight Howard and the Nets will negotiate a buyout, according to Chris Haynes of ESPN.com.

This comes as a surprise one day after the Nets reportedly acquired Howard in a trade for Timofey Mozgov. If a buyout is reached, Howard will enter free agency next month, but the NBA won't be announcing this trade officially until next month. The former Defensive Player of the Year continues to be passed around the NBA, and it's hard to believe the Nets basically acquired him for his contract. It will be interesting to see what kind of market Howard gets after a very strong year in Charlotte. This news is obviously fantastic news for Jarrett Allen.
Jun 21 - 2:08 PM

The Hornets are finalizing a deal to send Dwight Howard to the Nets in exchange for Timofey Mozgov, two future second-round picks and cash considerations.

The fact that the best the Hornets get in a trade involving D12 was Mozgov and a few second-rounders tells you all you need to know about the former Defensive Player of the Year's value entering his 15th year in the league. Howard will likely open the year as Brooklyn's starting five-man, which is absolutely terrible news for Jarrett Allen's outlook, while his departure from Charlotte will open up minutes for Willy Hernangomez.

Dzanan Musa has two years left on his contract with KK Cedevita in the EuroLeague, but he's planning to play in the NBA next season.

"I want to compete at the highest level and to compete with the best players in the world," Musa said. "[My strength is] scoring: shooting, midrange floaters, to the rim." Musa added that he believes he's a lottery pick "for sure," and Brian Lewis of the New York Post said that the Nets are eyeing him as they are in need of "shooting, length and youth on the wing." The Nets own the 29th, 40th and 45th picks, so they may need to package two or three of those to move up and snag the 6'9" wing.
Source: NY Post
Jun 18 - 9:38 AM

Jerry Stackhouse has agreed to a deal to join JB Bickerstaff's coaching staff with the Memphis Grizzlies, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.com.

Stack was a candidate to take over for the Raptors after his successful stint in the G League. He likely won’t be an assistant much longer and maybe he eventually takes over in Memphis one day.
Jun 9 - 9:10 PM
Ime Udoka - G/F - Nets

Spurs assistant Ime Udoka met with the Pistons on Wednesday about their vacant head coaching job.

Udoka met with team owner Tom Gores, which follows Gores' recent meetings with candidates Dwane Casey and Kenny Smith. The team's front office was reportedly "very impressed" with Casey and he's the apparent frontrunner for the position, having just led Toronto to a Conference-leading 59-win season.
Jun 6 - 6:31 PM

The Pistons continue to do interviews and have TNT's Kenny Smith in its top tier of candidates meeting with owner Tom Gores, according to Marc Stein of the New York Times.

It sounds like Smith has a shot to take over in Detroit, but it's still believed that Dwane Casey is the favorite, according to Stein and other reports. Stein also added that John Beilein has withdrawn from the coaching search in Detroit. Smith would be an unconventional hire for the Pistons, but they've already shown their desperation since February.
Jun 6 - 2:52 PM

Nets guard Caris LeVert said that Jeremy Lin has been going "full speed" in offseason workouts.

Lin has already opted into the final year of his contract, and believes he will be healthy by the start of training camp. "He’s been working out. The past couple of weeks he’s been going full speed," said LeVert. "We haven't done a lot of contact but he’s done all the individual work we’ve done with coaches." The Nets backcourt will be crowded, as Lin will be competing for minutes with LeVert, Allen Crabbe, D'Angelo Russell and Spencer Dinwiddie.
Jun 1 - 1:12 PM

The Pistons are not interested in Jerry Stackhouse as a potential head coaching candidate, according to the Detroit Free Press.

When the Pistons fired Stan Van Gundy, it was assumed that Stackhouse would be one of the favorites to replace him. Stackhouse is widely viewed as a coaching star on the rise, and he was a two-time All-Star as a member of the Pistons during his playing days. However, this report indicates that he apparently "does rub some people the wrong way."
Jun 1 - 9:37 AM

The Pistons plan to interview Kenny Smith for the Detroit head coaching position, according to Shams Charania of Yahoo! Sports.

The Jet has been a key piece on TNT for their NBA coverage, and he's more about the Xs and Os than the other two analysts on the Inside the NBA panel. Smith did also interview for the Knicks job back in April, but it didn't sound like he was close to getting that position. The Pistons sound like they want to get this figured out before the NBA Draft.
May 30 - 4:51 PM
Ime Udoka - G/F - Nets

Spurs assistant coach Ime Udoka interviewed for the Raptors head coaching vacancy.

He's also interviewed for the Magic job. Udoka is one of the best assistants on the Spurs staff since joining after a seven-year NBA career. Spurs assistant Ettore Messina also interviewed for the position.
May 27 - 11:53 AM

The Raptors interviewed Jerry Stackhouse last week in Chicago for the team's open head coaching position.

Stackhouse is the current head coach of the Raptors G League affiliate, Toronto 905. He's been interviewed by multiple teams like the Magic and Hornets and his name has also been tied to the Pistons. It could just be a matter of time before Stack is a head coach at the highest level.
May 21 - 1:39 PM


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