Player News - Nets

Date: Team: Pos:
Joe Johnson - G/F - Nets

Mikhail Prokhorov referred to Joe Johnson as a "core" player in a video released to Nets fans.

The Nets unsuccessfully shopped Johnson around the league for quite a while, but it now appears that they are ready to move forward with him. Unloading the contract of Deron Williams certainly helped things, but the Nets will still be eager to see Johnson's massive contract expire next summer. Johnson's numbers have regressed in recent years, and Nets' play-by-play announcer Ian Eagle even said that he wouldn't be surprised if he was demoted to a bench role. If it isn't obvious enough, Johnson won't be a recommended target in fantasy leagues next season.
Jul 29 - 10:23 AM

Nets owners Mikhail Prokhorov said that he has "high expectations" for Bojan Bogdanovic this season.

"We also have high expectations for Bojan Bogdanovic, who showed us real flashes of brilliance in his first year on the Nets," Prokhorov said in a video released to fans. Bogdanovic came alive after the All-Star break last season with averages of 11.6 points, 2.8 boards, 1.1 assists and 1.6 3-pointers in 25.7 minutes per game, so there is some potential here. The shooting guard position is wide open in Brooklyn, and Bogdanovic could potentially win the starting slot over Markel Brown and Wayne Ellington. We will obviously be watching this situation closely at training camp.
Source: Nets Daily
Jul 29 - 9:29 AM

Ryan Boatright is impressing the Nets coaching staff.

Boatright, who was undrafted, has certainly left an impression since signing a two-year contract worth less than $1.5 million total. Boatright has a $75,000 guarantee if he's on the roster beyond August 1, but the Nets would be foolish not to bring him to training camp after he made 43.6 percent of his three-pointers in both the Orlando and Las Vegas summer leagues.
Jul 27 - 9:30 AM

Lionel Hollins heaped praise on Markel Brown for his performance in summer league.

"This year he came out, made an impact on the game, made shots and made plays," Hollins said. "That’s how you get noticed, by coming out and helping your team win." Brown looks like a solid enough piece for a very different Nets team, but he's not a fantasy asset at this time.
Source: NBA.com
Jul 27 - 9:28 AM

Shane Larkin said he is ready to push the tempo and bring some energy to the Nets' backcourt next season.

"I talked to Billy (King) and Lionel (Hollins) as soon as free agency started, and they told me they wanted me to come in and just play my game," Larkin said. "I’m more of a pick-and-roll guy, up and down. And that’s the thing they told me they wanted me to come in and do. For them to tell me they wanted me to come in push the tempo, bring some energy to the team, that was everything I wanted to hear." Larkin is expected to be the primary backup to Jarrett Jack, so he won't be a reliable asset unless Jack suffers an injury.
Source: ESPN
Jul 25 - 11:28 AM

Ryan Boatright is hopeful that the Nets will keep him on the roster for the 2015-16 season.

Boatright signed a two-year, $1.4 million deal with the Nets this summer, but it's not a lock that he will stick around in Brooklyn because his contract is only partially guaranteed. "I haven't gotten a 'for sure,' but they have been making the moves to tell you that I am here," Boatright said. "But I am going to continue to work, and continue forward and do what I've got to do until I get that guarantee." He averaged 14.3 points in the Las Vegas Summer League and connected on 47.8 percent of his 3-pointers, and it sounds like he has a solid shot of remaining with the Nets considering only Jarrett Jack and Shane Larkin are ahead of him on the depth chart.
Source: Newsday
Jul 24 - 9:56 AM

Markel Brown is working on his 3-point shot.

"Knocking down that shot will be great," Brown said. "But I think if I continue to play good defense and create for myself and my team and make everybody around me better, I think that will also help me going into next year." Brown shot just 26.6 percent from deep last season, but he's working on becoming a more consistent scorer and improving the other areas of his game.
Jul 20 - 10:07 AM

The Nets are "in love" with prospect Juan Pablo Vaulet.

Vaulet, barely 19, is the "best young player that Argentina has produced in a decade." He could join the Nets as soon as next season, and the recovery time for his tibia injury is supposed to be "shorter than expected."
Source: Nets Daily
Jul 20 - 10:06 AM

Andrea Bargnani wants to be an "important player" for the Nets over the next several seasons.

Apparently, Bargnani is thinking long beyond his two-year deal. Bargnani said that GM Billy King's vision for Bargnani's role—specifically stretching the floor—was appealing in his desire to come to Brooklyn. Bargnani did shoot 36.6 percent from deep last season, but hadn't shot above 31 percent since the 2010-11 season prior to that.
Jul 20 - 9:00 AM

Nets rookie Rondae Hollis-Jefferson said that his confidence and "swagger" is a big part of his game.

"I would say swag is a part of basketball now," Hollis-Jefferson said. "If you don’t have that confidence, that swagger, about your game, somebody is going to take advantage of you." Hollis-Jefferson clearly isn't afraid of the spotlight, and his free throw shimmy says everything you need to know about his confidence levels. He averaged 10.2 points, 6.9 boards, 2.0 assists, 2.0 steals and 0.8 blocks per game during the summer league, and while he is already an elite defender, his offense still needs some work. As long as Joe Johnson is still in town, Hollis-Jefferson won't see enough minutes to matter in standard leagues.
Jul 19 - 9:32 AM

Thaddeus Young said that he and Brook Lopez are the future of the Nets and that they will be embracing a leadership role with the team.

"Now that we’re signed long-term, we’re the future and we have to accept that leadership role and we’ve already been talking about how we’re going to lead this team and how we’re going to lure some other guys in and help us potentially one day try to get to a championship," Young said. The Nets did well to re-sign Young and Lopez, and their decision to waive Deron Williams will help them in free agency next summer. Young is locked in as the starting power forward with Mason Plumlee now in Portland, so he should be a solid mid-round asset in standard leagues this season.
Source: Nets Daily
Jul 18 - 11:37 AM

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Willie Reed, Markel Brown and Ryan Boatright (shoulder) will not play on Friday.

They all are being rested for the final game in Las Vegas for the Nets. Hollis-Jefferson's last basketball game in Las Vegas was on Wednesday, but he took part in a ping-pong tournament for charity that night -- he went 1-1 in the tourney. Rondae's offensive game will need to turn a corner before he's a fantasy factor.
Jul 17 - 8:16 PM

The Nets officially signed Andrea Bargnani on Friday.

The Kings were very close to finalizing a contract with the Italian forward, but the Nets swooped in and secured his signature on a two-year deal at the veteran's minimum. Bargnani will be a decent option off the bench for Brooklyn, but his role won't be large enough to warrant attention in fantasy leagues as long as Thaddeus Young and Brook Lopez are healthy.
Jul 17 - 12:08 PM
Joe Johnson - G/F - Nets

Joe Johnson may come off the bench for the Nets next season, according to the Nets' play-by-play announcer Ian Eagle.

"I wouldn’t be shocked if he came off the bench this year," Eagle said. "That would not shock me in the least bit." We'd like to see this from one of the coaches in Brooklyn before reading too much into this, but after Johnson's production fell off a cliff towards the end of the 2014-15 season (likely due to fatigue) this is certainly something interesting to ponder. If Johnson does come off the bench, rookie Rondae Hollis-Jefferson would likely start at small forward, with Jarrett Jack running the offense.
Source: ESPN
Jul 16 - 7:07 PM

Markel Brown scored 23 points against the 76ers on Wednesday, adding two rebounds, four assists and one 3-pointer in 30 minutes.

Summer League Markel Brown and NBA Markel Brown are two different things. Brown may be a prime example for those who believe Summer League doesn't matter because he's schooling the inferior competition right now. He's still not worth targeting in almost any league.
Jul 15 - 7:28 PM


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