Player News - Nets

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Mason Plumlee will represent Team USA for the FIBA World Cup.

If you made a list of the best 100 players in the NBA right now, Plumlee probably wouldn't be on it. He didn't make a single shot outside of the paint last season and he can't really put the ball on the floor in the low post, but coach Mike Krzyzewski likes him. He's still not worth drafting in standard leagues while Brook Lopez (foot) is healthy.
Aug 23 - 11:02 AM

Mason Plumlee is expected to make Team USA, according to ESPN.com.

He's a coach Mike Krzyzewski favorite since his Duke days and the national team needs a big man. The injury to DeMarcus Cousins doesn't seem to be a factor here and Plumlee would have made the team anyway. While he has no semblance of a game beyond five feet on offense, Team USA could always use a big guy around the rim. He's the only player on Team USA who isn't worth drafting in standard leagues.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 22 - 9:14 AM

Brook Lopez said he has slimmed down to 275 pounds as he prepares for the upcoming season.

"I'm at my playing weight," Lopez said. "I'm back to the weight that's normal for me. Last I checked, I was just under 275 [pounds]." Lopez was on his way to a solid fantasy season last year, averaging 20.7 points, 6.0 rebounds, 1.8 blocks and 56.3 percent shooting from the field. Unfortunately he was lost for the entire season after only 17 games played. If he can stay healthy, Lopez will be a true fantasy difference maker at the center position.
Aug 21 - 2:50 PM

A minor ankle injury caused Andray Blatche to sit out a recent exhibition with the Philippine team Gilas Pilipinas.

Blatche's injury is "not serious" which is great news for the unrestricted free agent and his temporary Philippine team, which lost to Ukraine by 50 points on Monday. He met with the Raptors in July and has been linked to the Heat, but he remains one of the most talented unsigned big men in the league. He averaged 11.2 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.0 steals in 22 minutes with Brooklyn last year, but questions about his attitude may be hampering his value around the league.
Source: Rivals
Aug 20 - 10:05 AM

Mason Plumlee is competing with DeMarcus Cousins and Andre Drummond for Team USA's backup center spot.

With the final cut for the World Cup of Basketball coming as soon as Thursday, the backup center spot will seemingly come down to Plumlee and Cousins. However, head coach Mike Krzyzewski attempted to diffuse the speculation that stemmed from Drummond not leaving the bench during Friday's exhibition against Brazil. "We haven't picked the team yet. People read into everything," Krzyzewski said. "That's part of the world we live in."
Source: ESPN
Aug 19 - 11:20 AM

General manager Billy King said the Nets do not have a restriction on Brook Lopez (foot) right now.

He's been cleared for all basketball activity and will be ready for training camp. The team has said before that they won't limit Lopez's minutes, so this isn't much of a surprise. Before he went down to injury last season, he was putting up first-round value in fantasy leagues.
Aug 18 - 10:30 AM

Andrei Kirilenko revealed during a recent interview that he donated most of his 2011-12 salary to a Moscow Orphanage.

Kirilenko played for CSKA Moscow that season and earned an estimated four million euros (roughly $5 million dollars after taxes). "Most of [my salary] went into Moscow orphanage number 59 – we repaired it, and built a basketball court there. Also, we have bought gear for teams participating in School Basket. We have repaired gyms in many schools." It's possible Kirilenko steps into a larger role with the Nets this season with the departure of Paul Pierce, and he looks like a late-round flier in deeper leagues.
Aug 17 - 1:23 PM

Mirza Teletovic said coach Lionel Hollins told him he's counting on him this season.

The Nets are thinner at power forward this season with Kevin Garnett as their likely starter, but Teletovic may see plenty of time as the stretch four off the bench. He's expected to see a nice increase and was actually ranked fifth in the NBA for 3-pointers in the fourth quarter, so he's a low-end specialist to grab late in a standard draft.
Source: Nets Daily
Aug 15 - 9:23 AM

Mirza Teletovic said the adjustment to the NBA for Bojan Bogdanovic will be hard.

Both players are from Croatia and have an excellent chance to contribute for the Nets this season. The Nets lost Shaun Livingston and Paul Pierce, so fantasy owners can expect Bogdanovic to get minutes at small forward. Although, he's not a fantasy target in most leagues until he proves he's a capable asset.
Source: Nets Daily
Aug 15 - 9:17 AM

Jason Collins is still undecided, but is leaning towards retiring from the NBA.

"As the years go by, you watch your hand go lower and lower on that square. Father Time is undefeated against us all," Collins said. "I'm really grateful for my Stanford degree now. On the other hand, I can still dunk." Collins only averaged 1.1 points and 0.9 rebounds with the Nets last year and has a big career ahead of him as a speaker on LGBT issues, so it would be a surprise to see him back on the court this season.
Aug 14 - 9:20 AM

Markel Brown was diagnosed with a non-displaced fracture of the fourth metacarpal in his right hand on Monday.

The injury will sideline Brown from all basketball related activities for 4-6 weeks, but he should be fine by the start of training camp. Brown was the 44th pick in the 2014 draft, and averaged 10.0 points per game on 52.9 percent shooting during the Orlando Summer League. He's not likely to be a rotation player during his first NBA season, and he's off the radar in standard leagues.
Aug 11 - 4:53 PM

Mason Plumlee said he wants to start for the Nets next season.

"Oh yeah," Plumlee said when asked if he wanted to start. "What player doesn't want to start?" He has a chance to make Team USA and he's coming off a great finish to his 2013-14 season, but it would be hard to see him starting over a healthy Brook Lopez. Plumlee didn't make a single shot outside of the paint last season, so he's obviously not an option at power forward. He's not an option in most fantasy leagues.
Source: Nets Daily
Aug 9 - 10:51 AM

Bojan Bogdanovic struggled vs. France in Croatia's loss on Saturday, making 2-of-10 from the field for eight points with four rebounds, two assists and one 3-pointer.

It was an international friendly as Croatia gets ready for FIBA and it took place at a French basketball practice facility. Bogdanovic will play for the Nets this season and has a chance to get minutes from the jump, so we'll be keeping an eye on him. He's not worth a draft pick in standard leagues yet.
Source: Nets Daily
Aug 9 - 9:08 AM

Lionel Hollins reached out to the entire Nets team, but he did not hear back from Kevin Garnett or Joe Johnson.

"The important ones are the young guys and the new guys that are coming to the team," Hollins said. "I’ve had chances to talk to Brook [Lopez] on multiple occasions and Deron Williams, and so it’s been good." Garnett is still expected to come back with the Nets despite the team losing out on Paul Pierce to the Wizards.
Aug 8 - 9:32 AM

Nets coach Lionel Hollins said that both Deron Williams and Brook Lopez are healthy.

"Deron is healthy, Brook is healthy and they are both able to work out," Hollins said. This is good news for Williams as he comes off a disappointing 2013-14 season. He only started 58 games and posted his lowest averages in points, rebounds, and assists since his rookie season. The 30-year-old still has the potential to be an upper-echelon fantasy point guard, but owners shouldn't completely forget about last season when spending draft capital on him.
Source: Newsday
Aug 7 - 12:57 PM


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