Player News - Nets

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Trevor Booker said his top goal during the offseason is to be more "consistent and confident" shooting the 3-point shot.

"I think if I can get that down, a lot more will open up; it’ll make it easier to drive to the hole and then I can show off my passing ability," Booker said. Another thing I want to work on is my defense. Even though I’ve been told that I’ve been pretty good on the defensive end, I feel like I can take another step forward." The 29-year-old forward was a nice surprise in 2016-17 and averaged career-highs in points (10.0), rebounds (8.0), assists (1.9) and steals (1.1) while shooting 51.6 percent from the field. The Nets have two first-round picks in the draft and plenty of cap space, so Booker's competition for playing time will likely be tougher as he enters the final year of his deal.
Source: HoopsHype
May 15 - 9:57 AM
Luis Scola - F/C - Nets

Luis Scola said that he may consider playing another season.

After being waived by the Nets back in February, Scola said he was leaning toward retirement after no other NBA team picked him up over the remainder of the regular season. If Scola plays in Europe, he said he'd only consider playing for Baskonia. "It'd very tough for me to play in Europe for a team that's not Baskonia, I'm so linked to people there. I'd only play for Baskonia," Scola said.
May 9 - 1:42 PM

Anthony Bennett was cut by his Turkish pro team on Monday.

Bennett, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2013 NBA draft, was averaging 9.0 ppg and 6.4 rpg in 23 minutes per game for Turkish Basketbol Süper Ligi (BSL). The team cut Bennett in order to make room for former Atlanta Hawk Pero Antic
May 2 - 1:43 PM
Luis Scola - F/C - Nets

Luis Scola said he's leaning towards retiring.

He was waived by the Nets in February because he was hoping to join a contender, but unfortunately that didn't work out. Scola just turned 36 years old Sunday, so it wouldn't be a surprise if this was the end of the road for the veteran. In 36 appearances for Brooklyn, Scola averaged 5.1 points, 3.9 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 0.5 triples in 12.8 minutes per game.
Source: TSN
Apr 30 - 12:46 PM

Andrea Bargnani is negotiating a buyout with his EuroLeague team, Baskonia.

The former No. 1 overall pick signed a two-year deal last July. However, he was injured in February and has yet to return to action. It's unlikely that Bargs ever returns to the NBA. He is expected to seek a new deal to stay in Europe.
Apr 22 - 10:28 AM

Owner Mikhail Prokhorov is selling a 49 percent stake in the Brooklyn Nets franchise.

Prokhorov told Russian media that "currently the process is going on and we are looking for a buyer."
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 21 - 11:04 AM

Nets coach Kenny Atkinson had nothing but praise for Brook Lopez at his final press conference of the season on Monday.

Atkinson called Lopez "one of the elite centers in the league" and that he was proud of the way he conditioned and adapted his game to Brooklyn's new system. Lopez is entering the final year of his contract and will surely be the subject of numerous trade rumors all the way up to the deadline in February of 2018, but the Nets haven't given any indication that they want to move on from their franchise center. He averaged 20.5 points, 5.4 boards, 1.8 triples and 1.7 blocks, and his ADP would likely go up if the Nets look like they will be more competitive next season.
Apr 17 - 12:11 PM

Nets coach Kenny Atkinson said Isaiah Whitehead proved that he can play three positions.

The 2016 second-round pick showed glimpses of his potential for the Nets this season, averaging 7.4 points, 2.6 assists, 2.5 rebounds, 0.6 steals and 0.5 blocks. However, he also had 1.9 turnovers in 22.5 minutes per game and shot just 40.2 percent from the field. If he can put together a strong offseason, Whitehead could be a key combo guard off the bench for the Nets in 2017-18. We'll be watching him closely at summer league.
Apr 17 - 12:05 PM

Spencer Dinwiddie was disappointing on Wednesday vs. the Bulls, scoring five points (1-of-5 FGs, 2-of-2 FTs) with four rebounds, two assists, one steal and one triple in 31 minutes.

He got the start and played big minutes despite the lopsided score, as the Nets were short-handed with just nine available players. Dinwiddie had a decent post-break run with averages of 8.0 points, 3.5 assists, 2.9 rebounds, 1.0 steals and 0.7 triples in 23.9 minutes in his previous 25 games, but with Jeremy Lin under contract for a couple more seasons, he will likely compete with Isaiah Whitehead for the backup PG role in 2017-18.
Apr 12 - 10:52 PM

Archie Goodwin scored a season-high 20 points in Wednesday's blowout loss to the Bulls.

The Nets were missing six players in the season finale and the Bulls won by 39 points, so this was a garbage time special. Goodwin hit 7-of-11 from the field and 6-of-10 from the line with seven rebounds, four assists, one block and one steal, and while the 22-year-old guard has shown a nice ability to finish around the rim, he still has a long way to go as a shooter. In his previous 14 games, he averaged 6.4 points, 1.5 rebounds and 1.4 assists. He will need a strong offseason to carve out a role on the Nets in 2017-18.
Apr 12 - 10:24 PM

Justin Hamilton will start against the Bulls on Wednesday.

With the Nets very thin up front due to Brook Lopez and a host of others not playing, Hamilton should get plenty of shots as a stretch five. He's worth a look in DFS.
Apr 12 - 7:23 PM

Spencer Dinwiddie, Randy Foye, Caris LeVert, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Justin Hamilton will start against the Bulls on Wednesday.

Dinwiddie could have the ultimate revenge here and knock out his former team. He'll have to play well to keep his minutes high and keep Isaiah Whitehead as an off guard, but Dinwiddie's upside is very attractive today.
Apr 12 - 7:21 PM

Trevor Booker (rest) has been ruled out of Wednesday's game vs. Chicago.

The Nets are also resting Brook Lopez and Jeremy Lin in the meaningless regular-season finale. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson should see extra playing time on Wednesday with Booker on the sidelines. K.J. McDaniels and Andrew Nicholson will get additional run as well.
Apr 11 - 6:33 PM

Jeremy Lin (rest) will not play Wednesday vs. the Bulls.

The Nets are shutting down shop for the season, resting Brook Lopez (rest) and Trevor Booker (rest) as well. Spencer Dinwiddie will likely draw the start on Wednesday. Isaiah Whitehead and Archie Goodwin will see additional minutes off the bench.
Apr 11 - 6:30 PM

Brook Lopez (rest), Jeremy Lin (rest) and Trevor Booker (rest) have been ruled out for Wednesday's game against the Bulls.

It's surprising that it took this long for the Nets to shut everyone down, but it looks like Brooklyn will enter Wednesday's regular-season finale with just nine available players. Justin Hamilton should see heavy minutes with Lopez and Booker unavailable, and the point guard minutes will be split up between Isaiah Whitehead and Spencer Dinwiddie. Lopez made it through 75 games this season, and he'll end his year with averages of 20.5 points, 1.8 triples, 5.4 boards and 1.7 blocks per contest.


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