Player News - Nets

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Andrea Bargnani's ankle is fine and he is expected to play for Italy at Eurobasket.

Bargnani was forced to leave Italy's game against Georgia in the first quarter and never returned, but this means that the MRI came back clean. Any time Bargnani goes down there is going to be some concern considering his extensive injury history, but it looks like the coast is clear.
Aug 29 - 11:22 AM

Andrea Bargnani injured his ankle in a game against Georgia and will have an MRI on Saturday.

He left the game in the first quarter and wasn't able to return, but it's not clear how serious the injury is. Bargnani is an injury prone as they come, so hopefully it's nothing too serious. He figures to be a key part of the second unit for the Nets this season, but fantasy owners will want to steer clear of him for obvious reasons. We will update his status as soon as we hear the results of the MRI.
Source: Sportando
Aug 29 - 9:23 AM

Thaddeus Young said he is confident that Jarrett Jack will do well as the starting point guard.

Jack has virtually no competition for the starting role, while Shane Larkin, Ryan Boatright and Donald Sloan will compete for backup PG duties. Jack averaged 15.9 points, 6.6 assists, 3.8 boards, 1.2 steals and 0.7 3-pointers in 27 starts last season, so that's a fair expectation with Deron Williams out of the picture. Jack isn't a household name by any means, so you should be able to grab him at the end of the middle rounds.
Aug 28 - 1:49 PM

Thaddeus Young said that the Nets are going to be able to push the pace this season because of all the athleticism on the roster.

A faster pace is usually good news in terms of fantasy, and Young added that there are several guys on the roster who can play multiple positions which will help. Young is the unquestioned starter at power forward this season with Mason Plumlee now in Portland, so he should be a solid mid-round pick.
Aug 28 - 1:45 PM

Bojan Bogdanovic said that his ankle is swollen and that he is receiving treatment, but he also said that he should be good in a couple of days.

This is obviously great news and Bogdanovic should be ready to return the court in no time. The Nets have some unanswered questions at shooting guard, but Bogdanovic has an excellent chance to start and should see plenty of minutes this season. As always, we will pass along any updates on his ankle.
Aug 28 - 11:42 AM

Bojan Bogdanovic went down with an ankle injury during Croatia's friendly against Bosnia and Herzegovina on Thursday, and did not return to the game.

Bogdanovic was withheld from the rest of the contest as a precautionary measure, and while he's scheduled to undergo further testing, the injury is not believed to be serious. He will not play in Friday's friendly against Israel, but remains hopeful he'll be able to compete during EuroBasket, which begins on September 5.
Aug 27 - 2:08 PM

Bojan Bogdanovic scored 21 points against Estonia during a 66-63 win.

He's having himself a strong run with the Croatian team. We've seen this movie before with Bogdanovic, so fantasy owners shouldn't overreact and expect a breakout. Still, the Nets have a lack of scorers, so the chance for him is there. Feel free to snap him up in the last couple rounds.
Aug 26 - 6:04 PM

Andrea Bargnani said that his primary focus right now is with the Italian National Team, and while he does have a response to Phil Jackson's comments, now is not the right time to issue such a statement.

Jackson ripped Bargnani in a recent interview, calling him a "big tease" and a "malinger," so it'll be interesting to see how Bargnani responds once he feels it's appropriate. He'll help backup the center position in Brooklyn this upcoming season, but given his tendency to find himself on the sidelines, he won't be worth drafting in most leagues.
Source: Nets Daily
Aug 26 - 12:42 PM

Toronto's new D-League affiliate, Raptors905, has selected Earl Clark in the D-League expansion draft.

The Raptors now have the rights to 16 new players who can be found in the link below and have several players with NBA experience. Clark could still head overseas, but he won't provide much fantasy impact even if he's able to play his way back into the NBA.
Aug 20 - 10:53 AM

Darius Morris suffered a leg injury and will be out for three months.

That should put the kibosh on his chances to join an NBA team this season. Morris was close to getting an overseas deal, but that will likely still happen at some point.
Aug 19 - 8:32 PM

The 2015 NBA draft class voted Rondae Hollis-Jefferson as the best defender in their class.

Hollis-Jefferson did manage to swipe away 2.0 steals per game through 10 Summer League games, although his other averages of 10.2 points and 6.9 rebounds on 36.8 percent shooting from the field and 62.2 percent from the line left a lot to be desired from a fantasy perspective. He'll be playing behind Joe Johnson in Brooklyn, so it will be tough for him to earn enough minutes to matter in standard leagues.
Source: NBA.com
Aug 19 - 11:54 AM

Sergey Karasev (knee surgery) dunked for the first time on Tuesday, and teammate Willie Reed tweeted that Karasev is "close" to returning.

He was expected to resume on-court activity in August so it appears that he's on schedule, leaving him probable for training camp. The Nets have until Oct. 31 to pick up Karasev's $2.5 million option for the 2016-17 season, a reasonable salary for the 21-year-old SF. From a fantasy perspective, Karasev can be ignored on draft day -- he shot under 30 percent beyond the arc last season and faces too much competition from Joe Johnson, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Bojan Bogdanovic and Wayne Ellington.
Source: Nets Daily
Aug 18 - 7:58 PM

Willie Reed is excited for the opportunity with the Nets.

I had gotten the opportunity to get called up in the past, but this past season it didn’t happen," he said. "It just made me want to work harder. I figured that if that call-up wasn’t coming, there was something more I needed to do or something I needed to work on, so I was in the gym every single day." Reed averaged 13.5 points, 7.8 rebounds and 1.8 blocks while shooting better than 60 percent during summer league and is expected to serve in an energy role for Brooklyn.
Aug 17 - 9:52 AM

Jarrett Jack said that he is ready to take on a leadership role for the Nets.

"I’m always vocal whenever I think it’s necessary," Jack said. "Now with [the veterans] being gone, do I talk more or less? Who knows? It’s going to happen organically. I want to come out here and lead with my actions, showing I want to be a part of what we have going on." Jack will be starting at point guard on opening night, and he does have some appeal towards the end of the middle rounds after averaging 15.9 points, 6.6 assists, 3.8 boards, 1.2 steals and 0.7 3-pointers in 27 starts last season.
Aug 16 - 9:41 AM

Bojan Bogdanovic said that he is expecting to have a larger role with the Nets next season.

"I expect a whole new role, however not concerning the minutes spent on the court, but regarding ball allocation," wrote Bogdanovic in a Facebook post. "I expect to have the ball more often in my possession, and thus a better season than the previous one." Bogdanovic had an up-and-down season during his rookie year, compiling averages of 9.0 points and 1.2 three-pointers per game. However, it is possible that he's given some more ball handling responsibilities with Deron Williams no longer on the roster, and we'll be watching how he's utilized in Brooklyn's offense over the course of the preseason closely.
Source: Nets Daily
Aug 13 - 3:14 PM


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