Player News - Nets

Date: Team: Pos:

Deron Williams (calf) will come off the bench for Friday's game vs. the Celtics.

Jarret Jack will draw another start on Friday, but he'll be splitting minutes with Williams, so that's going to hurt his upside. Still, over the past two starts Jack put up averages of 16.0 points, 9.0 assists, and 1.5 steals over 37.5 minutes of action, and he makes for a decent plug-and-play option in daily leagues. Williams is going to be eased back into the rotation, and given his price tag, he'll be an unattractive option in daily leagues.
Dec 26 - 12:35 PM

Deron Williams (calf) is headed for a game-time decision for Friday's game vs. the Celtics.

Beat reporter Tim Bontemps said that even if Williams is available to play, he will come off the bench, so it appears Jarret Jack will have one more game with the starting unit. Through two starts with the Nets this season, Jack is averaging 16.0 points, 9.0 assists, and 1.5 steals per game and he'll make for a quality plug-and-play option in daily leagues if Williams is unavailable. Stay tuned.
Dec 26 - 11:45 AM

Deron Williams (calf) was able to practice on Wednesday, and coach Lionel Hollins may bring him off of the bench against the Celtics on Friday.

He has missed Brooklyn's last two games with a slight calf strain but it is a good sing that he is already back practicing. Williams has two more days to heal up before their game against the Celtics so it appears that he has a good shot to play in that one, even if he does come off the bench. However, if he is held out of this game expect Jarrett Jack to continue to start in his place with Darius Morris also getting some extra minutes.
Dec 24 - 11:30 AM

Deron Williams is the most likely player to be traded from the Nets according to Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News.

Bondy also reported that the trade talks between the Nets and Kings are not dead but are in "hibernation" for now. We will be sure to monitor this closely, but for now nothing appears to be imminent at the moment. One thing we do know is that Mason Plumlee won't be included in any deal as the Nets view him as one of their key assets moving forward. Stay tuned.
Dec 24 - 9:14 AM

Kevin Garnett started Tuesday's game but only played 13 minutes, finishing with two points, three rebounds, one assist and three steals.

KG's minutes have hovered in the 20-25 range all season but he's picking up more DNPs in recent weeks, so fantasy owners should brace themselves with two back-to-back sets coming up (Friday/Saturday and Monday/Tuesday). Mirza Teletovic and Mason Plumlee will gain the most if Garnett rests during one or two games.
Dec 23 - 11:20 PM

Mason Plumlee earned another start vs. Denver on Tuesday, recording 19 points on 9-of-14 shooting, 13 rebounds, two assists, two steals and three blocks in a team-high 40 minutes.

The only bad news is that Brook Lopez (back) returned to action tonight, playing a handful of minutes off the bench, so Plumlee's starting job may not last much longer. Lopez's health is always tenuous, however, and Kevin Garnett is prone to random DNPs, so Plumlee's owners should at least hang onto him until he cools off.
Dec 23 - 11:20 PM
Joe Johnson - G/F - Nets

Joe Johnson finished Tuesday's win vs. the Nuggets with a game-high 27 points on 11-of-19 shooting, four 3-pointers, two rebounds, three assists and one steal.

Trade rumors have been swirling around the Nets, involving D-Will, Johnson and Brook Lopez, but beat writer Stefan Bondy reports that D-Will is the most likely of the three to be dealt. Johnson had a bigger offensive burden with Williams (calf) out again on Tuesday, and he's now scored double-digit points in eight straight games.
Dec 23 - 11:19 PM

Brook Lopez (back) came off the Nets' bench on Tuesday, making 3-of-5 shots to finish with six points and four rebounds in just eight minutes of action.

Lopez was iffy to play and he looked exhausted despite his limited action, so owners should his minutes to slowly ramp up over the Nets' next games on Friday, Saturday and Monday. Mason Plumlee has played very well as a starter in Lopez's absencek, but it should be only a matter of time before he's back in a reserve role.
Dec 23 - 11:19 PM

Updating a previous report, Lionel Hollins said that Brook Lopez (back) will be available for Tuesday's game vs. the Nuggets, but he may not actually play.

It looks like if Lopez does play, it's going to be limited minutes off the bench, and it appears Mason Plumlee is going to get one more game with the starting unit. Given Lopez' unclear status, it may be best to bench him until he starts getting things going.
Dec 23 - 5:58 PM

Bojan Bogdanovic admitted during a recent interview that he has been surprised by the minutes he's received from coach Lionel Hollins during his rookie season.

"My first goal was to fight for minutes and even I was surprised with fact I played a lot," said Bogdanovic. "Coach Hollins trusts me and I would say first goal is complete." Bojan is averaging 8.5 points and 1.3 three-pointers on 42.3 percent shooting over 26 minutes of action his rookie season, however, he can't be viewed as anything more than a 3-point specialist in very deep leagues.
Dec 23 - 5:24 PM

Deron Williams (calf) will not suit up for Tuesday's game against the Nuggets.

It looks like Jarrett Jack will draw another start tonight, and he makes for an excellent plug-and-play option in daily leagues after going for 15 points and 10 assists in his last outing. The Nets don't play again until Friday vs. Boston, so we'll be considering Williams questionable for that one. Stay tuned.
Dec 23 - 5:05 PM

Brook Lopez (back) will play Tuesday vs. the Nuggets.

Lopez's return to the lineup is going to hurt the value of Mason Plumlee, and he'll have a favorable matchup tonight going up against a weak Denver frontcourt. There's no word of a minutes restriction yet, or if he'll be starting, but we'll let you know as soon as the information becomes available. Owners will want to seriously consider selling high on Lopez after he strings together a few good games.
Dec 23 - 5:00 PM

The Kings and Nets trade talks have "virtually" died, according ton ESPN.com's Chris Broussard.

The Kings reportedly were more interested in Mason Plumlee than Williams, which is the opposite of what the Nets would want to do. Williams is unlikely to play on Tuesday due to a calf issue, so Jarrett Jack would be worth a look for short-term value.
Dec 23 - 12:45 PM

Brook Lopez (back) said he has been lobbying the Nets medical staff to allow him to return to the court.

Lopez is doubtful for Tuesday's game against the Nuggets, but is getting closer to a return after missing eight games with a lower back strain. While Bro-Lo's eventual return will push Mason Plumlee back to the bench, his fantasy owners will want to sell-high as soon as he has a good game as he has shown he can't be trusted to stay healthy.
Dec 23 - 10:37 AM

Deron Williams (calf, dental procedure) did not practice on Monday.

Williams didn't play on Sunday due to the calf injury, so that's the reason for owners to be concerned. It doesn't appear D-Will's calf injury is serious, but given the issues with his ankles, we'd like to see Williams avoid any issues with the lower half. Jarrett Jack will start and be a solid plug-and-play option for however long Williams sits, and it's not a lock Williams returns on Tuesday against Denver.
Dec 22 - 1:00 PM


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