Player News - Nets

Date: Team: Pos:

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson stayed about one hour after practice to continue working on his jumper on Friday.

Jumper Watch is basically Muscle Watch for RHJ. He made just nine shots from beyond nine feet last year, so he has nowhere to go but up. From a fantasy perspective, his prospective owners might not even want him to shoot any jumpers and just count on cuts or transition buckets. His upside in steals and blocks make him a very attractive late-round pick for owners who drafted scoring earlier.
Sep 30 - 5:22 PM

Greivis Vasquez (ankle surgery) practiced in full on Friday.

He added that he feels "great," so he should be on pace to be ready for the season opener. Vasquez will compete for the backup PG job behind Jeremy Lin, so his fantasy value is limited.
Sep 30 - 1:54 PM

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson said that his shooting is getting "a lot better."

"The more work you build in, the more muscle memory kicks in," RHJ Said. He's been spending "30 to 40 minutes a day" on his shot after hitting 26-of-68 (38.2 percent) of his jumpers last season. He's still a bit raw on the offensive end, but his defensive stats are intriguing -- he had per-36 minute averages of 9.0 rebounds, 2.3 steals and 0.9 blocks. He's expected to start and log heavy minutes on the wings, making him an interesting sleeper in fantasy drafts. It also helps that he is one of the few building blocks that the Nets have.
Source: Nets Daily
Sep 27 - 8:45 PM

Greivis Vasquez (ankle surgery) is reportedly confident he'll be good to go for the Nets' regular-season opener.

Players tend to be overly optimistic in projecting when they'll be able to return to the court, so take this report with a grain of salt. Jeremy Lin is the starting point guard in Brooklyn, and the development of Isaiah Whitehead will likely be a priority for the Nets, so expect Vasquez to be eased into things. He won't have much fantasy value at all while the team is healthy.
Sep 27 - 6:15 PM

Caris LeVert (foot) said his latest surgery should fix his foot for good.

We sure hope so. He's had three foot fractures in his career, which caused him to fall out of the lottery. "[The doctor] took like a bone transfusion from my hip to my foot, took a bone graft from my hip and put it in my foot. Plus a bigger screw," LeVert said. His talent has never been questioned and the Nets are suggesting the 6'7" Michigan product can play three positions. There's no rush here, but LeVert will be someone to watch in deep leagues and in Dynasty.
Source: Nets Daily
Sep 26 - 8:00 PM

Sean Marks implied Bojan Bogdanovic could have a lighter workload during training camp after he played in 20 games for Team Croatia this summer.

"He’s chomping at the bit to get out there, but he’s put in some hard yards this summer, so it’ll be bringing him along slowly," Marks said. "It’s almost that you have to hold him back a little bit because it’s a grind in the season and you’ve already put in your training camp hours." Bogdanovic led the Olympics in scoring with 25.3 points a night in Rio, and he should get a healthy heaping of minutes this season as Brooklyn's starting small forward. He's worth a look late for those seeking some scoring and 3-point shooting.
Source: Nets Daily
Sep 25 - 6:00 PM

Greivis Vasquez’s (ankle) status for opening night is still up in the air.

He is still recovering from bone spur surgery on his ankle and his rehab has taken longer than expected. This will be a rebuilding season for the Nets, so it's tough to imagine Vasquez playing a lot of minutes with Jeremy Lin and Isaiah Whitehead in town. He's not a fantasy target this season.
Source: Nets Daily
Sep 24 - 9:55 AM

General manager Sean Marks said Isaiah Whitehead may be thrown into the fire earlier than expected.

He was one of the most stat-stuffing players in college last year, averaging 18.2 points, 3.6 boards, 5.1 assists, 1.2 steals, 1.4 blocks and 2.4 treys at Seton Hall. On the other hand, he made just 37.9 percent from the field, including just 46.7 percent at the rim and 34.4 percent on his two-point jumpers. Whitehead is someone to watch in camp as a deep Dynasty pick.
Sep 21 - 4:22 PM

General manager Sean Marks said Caris LeVert has "a long, long road ahead of him."

Marks did really talk up the No. 20 pick, saying he's a good passer, can play multiple positions and can shoot it. In only a 15 game sample last year before his season-ending foot injury, LeVert posted an impressive 63.6 true shooting percentage at Michigan last season. He might have the highest ceiling for the non-lottery 2016 picks, but he likely won't play much until the 2017 portion of the season.
Sep 21 - 3:50 PM

The Nets signed Jorge Gutierrez to a camp deal.

He's bounced around the league and played 12 games with the Hornets last season. Gutierrez was also with the Nets back in 2013-14 and 2014-15. With the Nets likely to struggle and already talking up their young guards, Gutierrez is not likely to play much next season. He is also not a lock to make the team.
Sep 21 - 2:48 PM

Chase Budinger has reportedly reached an agreement on a deal with the Nets.

With the continued development of Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Bojan Bogdanovic being a priority for the Nets, Budinger isn't going to get on the court enough to matter in any league.
Sep 21 - 2:22 PM

Kenny Atkinson implied that Brook Lopez could add the 3-point shot to his game this season.

There were similar reports that cropped up last summer of Lopez extending his range beyond the arc, and while it did result in him taking a career-high 14 attempts from 3-point territory, he only managed to actually knock down two of those 14 attempts (14.3 percent). In other words, it would be surprising to see this become a legit part of BroLo's game.
Sep 21 - 10:54 AM

Kenny Atkinson hinted during a recent interview that he intends to give both Trevor Booker and Luis Scola run at the five-spot this upcoming season.

Booker, Scola, Chris McCullough and Justin Hamilton will all be competing for minutes in Brooklyn's frontcourt, but it's tough to see any of these guys making a difference in standard settings.

Kenny Atkinson said he expects Jeremy Lin to be a leader for the Nets this upcoming season.

"[Lin] came off the bench in Charlotte last year and did a heckuva job. But this is a little different deal," said Atkinson. "Now, you are kind of the quarterback, the Eli Manning... I think he can be a darn good defender with his athleticism, his competitiveness. I think he feels a little slighted that he is not considered a better defender." Lin is poised for a career-year as Brooklyn's unquestioned starting point guard, so he should come off the board towards the middle rounds on draft day.
Source: ESPN
Sep 20 - 4:21 PM

Nets GM Sean Marks said Caris Levert (foot) is still limited and won't be rushed back into action.

Marks added that Levert is "progressing well", but said the team won't rush him back into early season action. Levert should see plenty run for the rebuilding Nets once he's healthy, but it doesn't sound like he's there just yet. Needless to say, the 22-year-old can be ignored in standard fantasy leagues.
Sep 20 - 1:26 PM


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