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New Jersey Nets center Brook Lopez will be out up to three weeks with a sprained right ankle, which was diagnosed by the team. The Nets announced that Brooks, who was injured in the third quarter of New Jersey's game against Charlotte on March 4, will be put in a walking boot. The Nets also said that they will give an update on Lopez on March 23.
Lopez has averaged 19 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 27.2 minutes of action in five games this season. Lopez missed the first 33 games of the regular season due to a fractured fifth metatarsal in his right foot.
The timing of this injury means that Lopez will be out past the NBA Trade Deadline on March 15. Lopez is considered a key part of any potential trade of Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard to the Nets.
The New Jersey Nets have signed free agent forward Gerald Green from the NBA D-League’s Los Angeles D-Fenders to a 10-day contract, Nets General Manager Billy King announced today.
Green, who was named MVP of the 2012 D-League All Star Game, has played in 22 games for the D-Fenders this season, averaging 19.1 points and 4.6 rebounds in 30.6 minutes per game. The 6-foot-8 forward was selected in the first round of the 2005 NBA Draft (18th overall) by the Boston Celtics, entering the draft out of high school. Green played two seasons for the Celtics, having his best year in 2006-07 with averages of 10.4 points and 2.6 rebounds over 81 games (26 starts), as well as winning the 2007 NBA Slam Dunk Contest. Following his stint in Boston, Green appeared in a total of 30 games with Houston and Minnesota in 2007-08, and 28 games in 2008-09 with the Dallas Mavericks. In his four NBA seasons, Green holds career averages of 7.5 points and 2.0 rebounds in 181 games played.
New Jersey Nets forward Shawne Williams underwent successful left foot surgery today to repair an old fracture and remove two small bone fragments, Nets General Manager Billy King announced Wednesday. The surgery, performed at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan by foot specialist Dr. Martin O’Malley and Nets team orthopedist Dr. Riley Williams III, involved the insertion of three small screws to repair the fracture.
Williams will miss the remainder of the season and should make a full recovery in time for the beginning of training camp.
Williams was signed as a free agent prior to the 2011-12 season. He appeared in 25 games, averaging 4.5 points and 2.7 rebounds in 20.6 minutes of action per contest. He last played on Feb. 11.
The Nets just got their best big man, Brook Lopez, back a few days ago. Lopez had missed the entire season after suffering a broken foot during the preseason.
The New Jersey Nets announced Tuesday that forward Shawne Williams will have surgery on his foot on Wednesday. Williams had been ruled out indefinitely earlier this month with shoulder, knee and foot injuries.
New Jersey Nets forward Shawne Williams will undergo surgery on Wednesday, February 22 to remove a bone fragment from his left foot, Nets General Manager Billy King announced today. The surgery will be performed at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan by foot specialist Dr. Martin O'Malley and Nets team orthopedist Dr. Riley Williams III. A timetable for his return will be determined following surgery.
The Nets picked up Williams in the offseason as a free agent. Williams has made 25 appearances for New Jersey this season. He's averaged 4.5 points and 2.7 rebounds per game in 20.6 minutes per game this season. Williams has not played since a loss to the Spurs on Feb. 11.
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The New Jersey Nets have signed free agent forward Andre Emmett from the NBA D-League’s Reno Bighorns to a 10-day contract, Nets General Manager Billy King announced Tuesday. To make room on the roster, the Nets have requested waivers on guard Keith Bogans.
Emmett is currently ranked second in the D-League in scoring, averaging 23.7 points per game, while appearing in 24 games for Reno. In four D-League seasons, the 6-foot-5 Emmett has career averages of 15.7 points, 4.9 rebounds and 2.1 assists in 105 games played. The Texas Tech product was drafted by Seattle in the second round (35th overall) of the 2004 NBA Draft. He played in eight games for the Memphis Grizzlies in 2004-5, scoring seven points in a total of 27 minutes of action.
Bogans, who signed with the Nets as a free agent on Feb. 1, 2012, played in five games this season, averaging, 4.2 points and 2.2 rebounds in 18.8 minutes per game. He had surgery to repair a torn deltoid ligament and a fractured left ankle on Feb. 13, 2012.
New Jersey Nets shooting guard Keith Bogans suffered a torn deltoid ligament and fractured left ankle at the end of Wednesday night's loss against the Detroit Pistons and will undergo surgery on Monday, the team announced Thursday. The New York Post's Fred Kerber reports that the injury is season-ending.
Bogans had played just five games with the Nets, averaging 18.8 minutes, 4.2 points and 2.2 rebounds per game. The defensive-minded wing nonetheless provided a stable veteran presence, which was especially useful during the injury absence of rookie guard MarShon Brooks.
With 2:27 remaining in the fourth quarter of New Jersey's 99-92 loss on Wednesday, Bogans rotated to help on a driving Greg Monroe. But his help was ultimately futile; Monroe dunked the ball anyway and Bogans injured himself in the process.
Avery Johnson was furious about the injury after it occurred, noting that New Jersey's inability to follow the game plan resulted in the injury.
"My reaction is it's really tough when we're screaming like 50 times, ‘We don't want Monroe to go left. He's a left-handed player he has two left hands.' We're screaming, ‘We don't want him to go left,' but we still allow him to go left and dunk on us. And, as a result, Bogans gets tangled up inside and comes down wrong. It's just unfortunate that we didn't execute and defend somebody's individual strength, and Bogans gets hurt on the same play."
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The New Jersey Nets have signed free agent guard Keith Bogans, Nets General Manager Billy King announced today. Per team policy, terms of the contract were not released. To make room on the roster the Nets have waived forward Larry Owens.
“Keith will give us defensive toughness and experience," said King. "He will add depth and versatility to our perimeter.”
Bogans, an eight-year NBA veteran, started in all 82 games for the Chicago Bulls in 2010-11, averaging 4.4 points, 1.8 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 17.8 minutes per game. Originally drafted by the Milwaukee Bucks with the 43rd overall pick in the 2003 NBA Draft, the University of Kentucky product began his career in Orlando, before moving on to Charlotte, Houston, Orlando again, Milwaukee, San Antonio and Chicago. Overall, the 6-foot-5 guard has played in 586 career games with averages of 6.7 points, 2.9 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game. He has appeared in 34 career playoff games, with averages of 4.7 points and 2.0 rebounds. Bogans started all 16 postseason contests for Chicago in 2011 and led the league in postseason three-point shooting, hitting on 42.4 percent of his shots from behind the arc.
Owens, who signed as a free agent on January 18, played in seven games with the Nets, averaging 1.9 points and 1.9 rebounds in 10.7 minutes per game.
The Nets make a few minor roster moves this morning.
The New Jersey Nets have officially signed wing DeShawn Stevenson, general manager Billy King announced on Friday. Though terms of the contract have not been released, multiple reports suggest that the deal will be worth $2.5 million for one season.
Stevenson, an 11-year veteran with career averages of 7.7 points, 2.2 rebounds and 1.8 assists, helped Dallas win an NBA championship last season by averaging 5.3 points, 1.5 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 16 minutes per game.
Though nobody will ever confuse Stevenson for a star, he possesses a ruggedness that makes him a valuable defensive contributor. That mentality was demonstrated most loudly during the NBA Finals, when Stevenson was given the task of defending LeBron James and the two-time NBA MVP became surprisingly silent.
Stevenson also manages to spread the floor on the other end with his ability to hit threes, making 37.8 percent of his downtown attempts last season.
"DeShawn is a veteran NBA player who brings a championship pedigree to our roster," said King. "He is a tough defender who can stretch the floor, and will bolster our backcourt rotation."
The New Jersey Nets appear to be nearing the completion of the roster they will open the 2011-12 NBA season with on Monday against the Washington Wizards. According to multiple media reports, the team is set to sign guard DeShawn Stevenson to a one-year deal, a player that minority owner Jay-Z wrote a "diss" song about three years ago.
To make room for Stevenson on the roster, the Nets announced they have waived veteran forward Stephen Graham. New Jersey had to waive Graham Thursday to prevent his $1.1 million contract from being guaranteed. There's a good chance he is brought back to the team on a non-guaranteed deal after the season begins as he's a favorite of head coach Avery Johnson.
Graham played 10 minutes in the Nets preseason finale against the New York Knicks Wednesday night. He appeared in 59 games with the Nets last season, averaging 3.4 points and 2.1 rebounds.
Stevenson was on the NBA Champion Dallas Mavericks last season, averaging 5.3 points and 1.5 rebounds in 72 games. He scored nine points in the decisive Game 6 victory over the Miami Heat, but is still best known for his feud with LeBron James that has included verbal jabs through the media, dust ups on the court and a song from Jay-Z during the 2008 NBA playoffs when Stevenson was with the Wizards and James was still with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Though the Nets already have Anthony Morrow and MarShon Brooks at shooting guard, Stevenson brings a level of defensive intensity neither player can offer. With a 66-game sprint of a season, teams will need to find as many players as possible that can help exploit the expected sloppy play thanks to crazy stretches like the six games in eight nights New Jersey opens the season facing.
One of the most well-regarded free agents still on the market, Humphries averaged 10.0 points and 10.4 rebounds in 27.9 minutes per game last year for the Nets. He notched at least 10 rebounds in 15 of New Jersey's final 16 games, achieving a double-double in 14 of those contests.
The 26-year-old Humphries is a seven-year NBA veteran who blossomed under coach Avery Johnson last season. Prior to averaging a double-double last year, he had never averaged more than 7.1 points or 6.4 rebounds per game.
Humphries is expected to be available on Wednesday for New Jersey's final preseason game. He would instantly become the front runner for New Jersey's starting power forward position.
Andrei Kirilenko's agent, Marc Fleisher, told Sports Illustrated's Zach Lowe that the small forward is receiving heavy interest from the New Jersey Nets, but Fleisher said the two sides have not yet begun discussing contract figures.
The international basketball website Sportando reports that it is only a matter of time before Kirilenko leaves CSKA Moscow, where he signed to play during the NBA lockout, for the Nets. Fleisher cautioned, however, that nothing with New Jersey is done and the two sides have no deal in place. Kirilenko reportedly has until Jan. 9 to exercise the opt-out on his Russian contract.
If he decided to sign in New Jersey, Kirilenko would rejoin Deron Williams and give New Jersey another lengthy, versatile wing to team with recent acquisition Shawne Williams. The 30-year-old Kirilenko's production has slowed since he reached his prime during the mid-2000s, but he still displays skills and athleticism that can impact a game on both ends of the floor.
Kirilenko averaged 11.7 points, 5.1 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.2 blocks per game a season ago for Utah.
When the Orlando Magic pulled center Dwight Howard off the trading block, many believed it was because the All Star was waffling about if he really wanted to leave the only franchise he has ever known.
Not so, says Howard.
"It still stands," he told a group of reporters Thursday when he was asked about his desire to be traded. "There is no back-and-forth."
The Magic clearly are hoping Howard will reconsider, but it sounds as if he is still dead set on leaving Orlando. If the center brings that sort of attitude to each meeting with Orlando GM Otis Smith and CEO Alex Martins, it's hard to imagine the team will take the chance they lose Howard for nothing at the end of the season.
For the Nets part, they will need to keep pressing the issue with Smith and making sure they realize the monster deal that would have delivered Brook Lopez and Portland Trail Blazers forward Gerald Wallace can always be improved with more future picks and current young players to rebuild the roster.
New Jersey GM Billy King, known for putting together complicated multi-team trades, will also continue burning up the lines working on other scenarios that might help twist the arm of the Magic ownership to cut their losses with Howard. Sitting back and waiting for Orlando to come back to him would only give the Los Angeles Lakers a better chance to sneak in and bring the center West.
One year after signing Travis Outlaw, the New Jersey Nets have waived the small forward using the NBA's new amnesty clause, general manager Billy King announced on Thursday.
The amnesty clause allows teams to waive one player currently under contract and have that player's salary excluded from the team's salary cap number.
Outlaw signed a five-year, $35 million contract with New Jersey prior to last season, a deal that quickly proved itself to be troublesome when the 27-year old shot 37.5 percent from the field last year and started only three games after January.
The Nets had said the team would only waive Outlaw if it could find a suitable replacement, a goal the team must believe it reached by signing Shawne Williams on Thursday. Williams will make considerably less than Outlaw, freeing salary cap space and perhaps allowing the Nets to more aggressively pursue quality free agents after the season concludes.
Well, it isn’t Dwight Howard — or even Nene — but the New Jersey Nets did announce the addition of a front-court player on Thursday. The team has signed journeyman Ime Udoka, according to an announcement from general manager Bill King.
Udoka, 6-foot-6, 215 pounds, is a seven-year veteran who has played for five teams, holds career averages of 5.2 points and 2.9 rebounds in 316 games.
The undrafted Portland State product began his career with the Lakers in 2003-04, appearing in four contests. He then appeared in eight games with the Knicks during the 2005-06 campaign. In 2006-07 he played in 75 games with the Trail Blazers. After a full season in Portland, Udoka signed with the Spurs where he spent two seasons, 2007-08 and 2008-09. For the 2009-10 campaign he signed with Sacramento and appeared in 69 games. Last season, Udoka played in 20 games with the Spurs, totaling 14 points and 19 rebounds in 130 minutes.
Last season in New York, Williams revived a basketball career that at times had seemed like a lost cause. After battling an early-career bout with maturity, Williams found steady feet in New York, playing in 64 games last season while averaging a career-high 20.7 minutes and 7.1 points per game.
In Mike D'Antoni's free-flowing offense, Williams' soft touch thrived. He shot a career-high 40.1 percent from the arc, developing into an outside threat who could spread the floor and keep defenses honest.
Williams had previously said he would like to remain in New York, where he was familiar with the offense and had finally found a team that wanted him. But the Knicks' best offer was reportedly for one year at the league minimum salary, and the Nets could pay more to retain the services of the versatile, if not great, forward who finally seems to have found his niche.
The Magic have decided to take Howard off the market and stop fielding trade offers for the superstar center, reports Yahoo!'s Adrian Wojnarowski.
The Nets had reportedly been discussing a four-team trade to land Howard, with the idea that a Howard-Deron Williams pairing would be enough to entice both players to re-sign in New Jersey after the season. Nets general manager Billy King had ratcheted up his intensity to deal for Howard after Nene, New Jersey's other primary target, signed a contract to remain with the Denver Nuggets.
Howard has waffled in the recent weeks on whether he would like to remain in Orlando past this season. The Magic would certainly like him to stay, and their decision to take Howard off the trading block is the latest indication that the organization will do anything in its power to try to convince him that continuing his career in Orlando is in Howard's best interests.
The Magic could decide to put Howard back on the block at any time, and would almost certainly trade him prior to the March trade deadline if he does not open the door to staying in Orlando even further -- as the Cleveland Cavaliers found out the hard way, allowing a superstar to leave without any real compensation can cripple a franchise.
Howard could stay in Orlando until the trade deadline as the Magic attempt to convince the center to sign a long-term extension. However, with the Nets losing out on another one of their free agent targets when Nene decided to return to the Denver Nuggets, Nets GM Billy King seems to have increased his effort to get a deal done for Howard sooner rather than later.
The main pieces sent to the Magic continues to be Brook Lopez and multiple draft picks while Hedo Turkoglu's bloated contract would come back to New Jersey with Howard.
Marc Stein and Chad Ford report one of the other teams involved is the Portland Trail Blazers. They would send SF Gerald Wallace to the Magic and in return would get back multiple draft picks. Their report also states the Nets would take back Chris Duhon and the three years, $11.06 million remaining on his contract.
While the Yahoo! report states the deal isn't imminent, it is "entering a crucial time" as King wants to get the "framework completed in the near future".
So far in this compact offseason the only free agent the Nets have signed is reserve forward/center Shelden Williams. New Jersey could be interested in bringing back Kris Humphries to start at power forward, but they want to resolve the Howard situation first.
King so far hasn't been able to live up to his promise when the lockout ended that the team wouldn't suffer through Melo-drama Part II.
"The circus-like atmosphere that was surrounding last season won’t happen this season, I promise you that," the GM said during his first press conference of the season.
As the Magic and Nets attempt to get this deal done again, all four rings currently reside in New Jersey and will until this situation is resolved one way or another.
Dwight Howard has narrowed his wish list of destinations to four teams, according to a report from ESPN's Chris Broussard, and his list includes the New Jersey Nets.
"There r only 4 teams Dwight Howard would sign longterm deal with - Orl, NJ, LAL, Dal - a source says," Broussard tweeted on Tuesday.
The 6-foot-10 All-Star has waffled about whether he wants to return to Orlando, playing a game of flip-flop that sometimes changes by the day. After reportedly requesting a trade this past week and voicing concerns that Orlando general manager Otis Smith did not listen to his opinions, Howard told reporters he would like to stay with the Magic if they can make a few serious moves to become contenders again.
Howard is reportedly very interested in joining the New Jersey Nets, but it's unclear whether the Nets have the required assets to make a two-team trade. New Jersey manager Billy King would likely need to recruit a third team to sweeten the deal from Orlando's perspective.
The Nets have reportedly set a deadline for acquiring Howard that would expire at the end of this week.
If the New Jersey Nets aren't able to come to terns on a trade for center Dwight Howard with the Orlando Magic by the end of this week, they will move on to their backup plans. Plans, as in plural. A source tells Colin Stephenson the Nets "have a Plan A, B, C and D".
It's clear signing free-agent center Nene to a four-year $64 million contract is the team's first choice if a Howard trade isn't possible. Thankfully the two players share an, agent, allowing the Nets to do all they can to try and wrap up the Howard situation without worrying about Nene bolting for a deal with the Denver Nuggets or Houston Rockets.
There's no way to know exactly what the next plans would include if they are unable to reel in Howard or Nene. Kris Humphries is still unsigned and while he is on the radar, the power forward hasn't seen the market develop the way many envisioned.
Josh Howard is still available and former Net Richard Jefferson could be if the San Antonio Spurs amnesty the small forward as expected. Bringing in either player would finally allow New Jersey to use their own amnesty on Travis Outlaw, but won't exactly make anyone forget about Howard.
Making things even more complicated is Howard's quick back track over the last couple of days. He has gone from one foot out the door to playing nice with Orlando management and media.
"If you're willing to change and you're willing to do what it takes to win then, you know, you got me," the center told a group of reporters on Monday.
Both teams could work on a deal right up until the March 15 trade deadline, but the Nets would not be able to include any free agents they sign until after March 1. Meaning if the deal isn't made this week, it is nearly impossible to get one done before the first week in March.
After a crazy 48-hours that has seen rumors swirl about the future of Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard, the team confirmed on Saturday that the cornerstone of the franchise has officially requested a trade.
Adrian Wojnarwoski tweeted Howard asked to be sent to the New Jersey Nets.
Magic GM Otis Smith told the Orlando Sentinel Howard has made the request twice since Monday. Smith was quick to point out to the paper that the team still wanted to do everything in their power to keep the All-NBA center in Orlando long-term and that his representatives haven't said he definitely will not sign an extension after the season.
"He can have his list of teams that he would like to go to, and we’ve probably got a few on our list of teams that we would like. But at the end of the day, we want him here and we want him in a Magic uniform for his career. With that said, we’re going to make the best possible deal that we can make if we have to trade him."
Howard has participated in the first two Magic training camp practices on Friday and Saturday.
The Nets were said to have offered center Brook Lopez and two-first round picks to the Magic in return for Howard.
The Orlando Magic say they are not ready to file tampering charges with the NBA against the New Jersey Nets or any other team for illegally contacting Magic center Dwight Howard.
Magic CEO Alex Martins said the team will investigate reports that teams met with Howard Thursday night in Miami, but NBA.com said that as of now the Magic have no “concrete evidence” of tampering.
``There aren’t any tampering charges. Dwight is under contract with us and our rules in the league are very explicit about when a player is under contract with a team other teams aren’t allowed to contact that player or a representative about them,’’ said Martins, who was promoted from team president to CEO earlier in the week. ``If that’s been voided in any way we’ll deal with it to the fullest extent that the NBA’s Constitution allows. But at this stage there aren’t any tampering charges.’
Reports had surfaced that Howard was requesting a trade to the Nets, followed by reports that the Nets had met with the star center in violation of league rules.
The New Jersey Nets have entered a dizzying state. One minute they are the preferred destination for Dwight Howard, the next they are potential targets of tampering charges. And now, the Nets are reportedly closing in on a deal with desired free-agent center Nene.
One report indicated that the Nets will offer Nene a four-year deal worth as much as $65 million. Nene is considered one of the top free agents on the market, and perhaps the very best. The 6-foot-11, 250-pounder is an efficient offensive center who has been a pillar of consistency the past three seasons, averaging between 13.8-14.6 points and 7.6-7.8 rebounds per game. He has been durable during that time, too, at least during the regular season, playing at least 75 games each year. Still, he does come with injury concerns, mostly stemming from a pair of balky knees.
Just 29 years old, Nene should be entering the prime of his career if he can remain healthy. The Nets could also be hoping that signing Nene also has secondary benefits, such as helping to convince Deron Williams to remain a Net after this season.
Sources have told ESPN's Chris Broussard that Nets owner Mikhail Prokorov and general manager Billy King met with Howard Thursday night in Miami. Late Thursday night, Broussard reported that Howard had made New Jersey his number one choice and was expected to request a trade to the Nets as early as Friday.
It's unclear how the potential charges would affect New Jersey's pursuit of Howard. The Nets are interested in pairing Howard with All-Star point guard Deron Williams. Though the tandem would be exciting on the court, acquiring Howard by trade would not necessarily mean the pair would remain together past this season. Neither player has signed a contract extension, and rules of the new CBA mean that signing an extension before becoming a free agent could cost each player more than $25 million.
No matter who ends up starting for the New Jersey Nets in the frontcourt this season, they started to address their depth issues Friday by agreeing to terms with free-agent power forward Shelden Williams on a one-year deal according to Adrian Wojnarowski.
Williams was the fifth overall pick in the 2006 NBA Draft by the Atlanta Hawks, but was never able to justify being selected so high. In addition to the Hawks, Williams has played with the Sacramento Kings, Minnesota Timberwolves, Boston Celtics, Denver Nuggets and New York Knicks during his five year career.
In 303 games, the forward has averaged 4.5 points and 4 rebounds per game while shooting 46 percent from the floor. Williams appeared in the playoffs with the Celtics in 09-10, averaging 1.6 points and 1.6 rebounds in eight games.
The former Duke Blue Devil will help deliver a little basketball star power to The Prudential Center if he makes the team. His wife is Los Angeles Sparks forward and WNBA MVP Candace Parker.
Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard is ready to add more craziness to the beginning of the NBA season by asking for a trade to the New Jersey Nets. According to a report by Chris Broussard, the star will inform the Magic as early as Friday he will not re-sign with them and he may choose to pass on the opening of training camp altogether.
The Magic said late Thursday they expected Howard to be there for the first day of camp.
The pending request isn't thought to be a surprise to the Nets. Howard's representatives have reportedly already told New Jersey they are his "preferred destination". In return for the All-Everything center, the Magic would receive the previously reported package of Brook Lopez and two first round picks. Orlando would also be able to unload Hedo Turkoglu's terrible contract, with three year and $34 million left, on the Nets.
Having previously been burned by the Carmelo Anthony trade drama last year, the Nets aren't putting all their eggs in the Dwight Howard basket. Instead they are reportedly still keeping in touch with Nene in case the trade falls apart.
Players, owners and fans were shocked Thursday by an agreement between the New Orleans Hornets, Los Angeles Lakers and Houston Rockets that would land point guard Chris Paul with the Lakers. However, David Stern decided to step in and void the deal at the last minute after many small market owners objected to the move, sending even bigger shock waves across the sport.
That bold move by the league shouldn't have too much of an impact on any Howard trade. Stern could only prevent the Paul deal because the NBA owns the Hornets. Without any direct control over the Nets or Magic, the commissioner and his whining small market owners have no way to make decisions for any other franchises.