Player News - Nets

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Shane Larkin will not exercise his player option and will be an unrestricted free agent.

The Nets might actually start Isaiah Whitehead at point guard, assuming they don't sign a veteran. As for Larkin, he had a terrible season despite getting some added opportunity, averaging just 9.5 points, 3.4 boards, 5.8 assists, 1.5 steals and 0.5 treys in his 17 starts. He'll likely get a backup role somewhere else.
Jun 30 - 7:34 PM

Wayne Ellington has opted out of his contract and he will be an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

Shane Larkin also opted out of his deal, and the Nets waived Jarrett Jack, so Brooklyn will have more than $50 million in cap space this offseason. The Nets will reportedly go after a number of free agents with that money, and it appears Sean Marks is not interested in going through a lengthy rebuild. As for Ellington, he'll likely be able to sign on with another team, but it's tough to see the sharpshooter landing in a better situation than the one he had with the Nets.
Source: Nets Daily
Jun 30 - 5:57 PM

The Nets have officially waived Jarrett Jack.

It was the expected move for Brooklyn after they couldn't get anything for Jack on the trade market, and it'll be interesting to see if any teams claim him off the waiver wire. The most likely outcome will be Jack clearing waivers and then being free to sign with a team of his choosing. With Jack no longer on the roster, Caris LeVert and Isaiah Whitehead will get all the run they can handle, and both those guys are on the radar as potential late-round targets on draft day. Yogi Ferrell's odds of making the regular season roster have also improved significantly.

The Nets are reportedly expected to waive Jarrett Jack.

The Nets are going through a full rebuild, and after drafting two guards it doesn't make much sense to have Jack on the roster competing for minutes. Jack is coming off a torn right ACL and meniscus, but he should still command a fair amount of interest around the league once the big names come off the board. If Jack does indeed hit the waiver wire, both Caris LeVert and Isaiah Whitehead will see a nice boost in value.
Jun 30 - 3:27 PM
Willie Reed - F/C - Nets

The Nets will not give Willie Reed a qualifying offer, making him an unrestricted free agent.

Reed missed the end of the 2015-16 season for undisclosed personal reasons, which might have factored into the Nets' decision, but either way he was unlikely to earn many minutes with Brook Lopez healthy. Reed shot 57.1 percent from the field in his 39 games played as a rookie, and has enough upside to warrant a look from another NBA franchise.
Jun 29 - 8:10 PM

The Nets are expected to offer Markel Brown a qualifying offer, making him a restricted free agent.

It was previously reported that Brooklyn wasn't going to give Brown the $1.2 million offer, which gives them the right to match any offer he receives from another team. The 24-year-old guard shot under 40 percent from the field last season, including 31.4 percent from deep, and he's not on the radar in 12-team fantasy leagues.
Jun 29 - 7:19 PM

There's a growing belief that the Nets will decline to pick up their team option on Markel Brown, according to sources of Anthony Puccio of Nets Daily.

Brown has shown flashes through his two years in the league, but consistency remains an issue and with the Nets adding Caris LeVert and Isaiah Whitehead on draft day, their backcourt has gotten a bit crowded. Brown will likely be a backup wherever he winds up, so it'll be tough for him to establish himself as a standard league asset.
Jun 29 - 1:20 PM

Brooklyn head coach Kenny Atkinson said that the Nets aren't going to trade Brook Lopez.

"No. Absolutely not," Atkinson said. "Have not talked about it." Take this quote with a grain of salt because Atkinson called Thaddeus Young a building block two weeks ago and now he's an Indiana Pacer. Atkinson did say that he wants Lopez to be a leader for his team, but the reality is that Lopez is arguably the best trade chip Brooklyn has and it's clear that they aren't close to competing for a playoff spot.
Jun 28 - 7:55 PM

The Nets are reportedly shopping Jarrett Jack.

The Nets have until June 30 to decide if they will pick up Jack's team option for the 2016-17 season, but Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical is reporting that they will waive him if they're unable to find a trade partner. Jack is 32 years old and played really well last season, but he's a bit of a gamble since he's coming off a torn right ACL and meniscus. That being said, he is reportedly on pace to be ready for training camp and should generate interest around the league if he's waived. If Jack leaves Brooklyn, Caris LeVert and Isaiah Whitehead could see a lot of action in their rookie seasons.
Jun 28 - 7:41 PM

Kenny Atkinson said that he views Isaiah Whitehead as a point guard due to his passing ability.

It sounds like the Nets will be primarily developing the combo guard at the point guard position during his rookie year, which makes a ton of sense given Brooklyn's lack of depth at that position. Whitehead put in averages of 18.2 points, 5.1 assists, 3.6 boards, 2.4 triples, 1.2 steals and 1.4 blocks during his sophomore campaign at Seton Hall, and the 6'5" guard is going to have the opportunity to produce right away for a Brooklyn franchise that is hurting for talent.
Jun 28 - 3:43 PM

Free agent center Henry Sims will play for the Nets' Summer League team.

Sims earned a few 10-day deals with the Nets last season, but averaged just 6.5 points on 42.9 percent shooting in 18.8 minutes per game. His career averages are unimpressive and Sims won't be a standard-league asset no matter where he's playing next season.
Jun 26 - 8:49 PM

Nets GM Sean Marks said that he loves Isaiah Whitehead's energy and passion.

"He fits what we want to be. He fits what we embody," Marks said. "His tenacity, his professionalism, for us he embodies what Brooklyn grit is all about. … He is a combo guard. We like what he brings to the table. We liked his fire, his energy and his passion." Whitehead is going to get an opportunity to play right away in Brooklyn, so he's in an ideal situation for fantasy purposes.
Jun 25 - 12:18 PM

Caris LeVert (foot) is not expected to play in the summer league.

LeVert had several different injuries in college and is currently recovering from a Jones fracture in the fifth metatarsal. He's also still on crutches, and he said that he won't rush his recovery this summer. "I’m a long-term thinker, a long-term type of guy, always have been," said LeVert. "I’m just excited. I know it’s a lot of work to be put in right now, but I’m just excited to get to this point." Given the Nets' lack of depth at both guard spots, LeVert could make a fantasy impact in his rookie season.
Jun 25 - 12:11 PM

Chris McCullough has been working on his game with Nets coach Kenny Atkinson this summer.

"Yeah! That’s my dude, man," McCullough said of Atkinson. "Once he got there, we clicked. I’m working with him all the time, and he’s always in the gym, working hard. He reached out to me when he got hired, so we’re well connected now. It’s great." The Nets traded away Thaddeus Young to the Pacers, so McCullough is currently the only power forward under contract for the 2016-17 season. He's going to be a name to watch at the summer league.
Source: Nets Daily
Jun 25 - 10:08 AM

Yogi Ferrell will play for the Nets during the summer league.

The undrafted free agent was expected to be taken in the second round, but it didn't work out for the Indiana product. Ferrell is undersized at 6'0 and 178 pounds, but he has four years of college experience and averaged 17.3 points, 5.6 assists, 2.3 triples and 1.1 steals during his senior season. There's a good chance that he could make the Nets' final roster, especially if they move on from Jarrett Jack.
Jun 24 - 9:22 AM


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