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Josh Childress has signed with the Brooklyn Nets in hopes of winning a small forward backup spot, as he still tries to regain his NBA reputation after leaving the league for a bigger paycheck in Europe in 2008.
Blatche's career in Washington flickered out this past season: his scoring plummeted from 16.5 points a game to 8.5, he spoke out against coaching, and eventually was benched due to poor conditioning. This offseason, the Wizards opted to amnesty the power forward/center rather than pay the $23 million left on the final three years of his contract.
But Brooklyn doesn't need Blatche to fill up the statsheet or even be a starter, as he was in Washington. It is looking for a backup to play sparingly behind Brook Lopez, and Blatche, who has proven his scoring talent in moments across his career, could be a decent fit. On the one hand, Brooklyn apparently has no desire to give the big man a guaranteed contract, offering little more than a trip to training camp and an opportunity to fight for one of two remaining roster spots. On the other, Blatche is so desperate to revive a once-promising career that he's said he's willing to go the D-League route to prove his new direction. If Blatche shows an ability to produce without the baggage he's become associated with, the Nets might find value in him.
The Nets offseason free agency pursuit may not be over, as Marc Spears of Yahoo! reports that veteran big men Hilton Armstrong and Eddy Curry are working out for Brooklyn on Wednesday. Both are journeymen who have not made an impact in the NBA in quite some time, but general manager Billy Hunter is doing his due diligence and looking for fliers as NBA training camp rapidly approaches.
Curry is familiar with the New York era, as the center became the butt of many jokes during his tumultuous time with the Knicks. His conditioning and weight essentially ruined his career but he worked to try and keep that under control with the Miami Heat. He played in 14 games last season with the Heat, getting a little less than six minutes of run per game.
Armstrong is another former lottery pick who's failed to live up to expectations. The rangy shot-blocker from UConn last played in the NBA with the Hawks during the 2011 season.
The Brooklyn Nets have signed former Sacramento Kings small forward Donte Greene, according to Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports. Greene is entering his fifth season out of Syracuse and had been a sporadic starter for the Kings in his first four NBA campaigns.
The 24-year-old Greene is 6-foot-11 and has averaged 17 minutes and 6.1 points over four seasons with Sacramento, shooting just 41 percent from the field and 30 percent from 3-point range. His second season was his best, starting 50 games, averaging 8.5 points, and shooting 38 percent on threes. He was a fan favorite in Sacramento.
The move from New Jersey to Brooklyn will give an instant boost to the value of the Nets franchise, reports the NY Post. The Nets were recently valued at $575 million, which is 60-percent more than just a year ago.
In addition to the potential larger market and reputation upgrade that comes with the relocation to Brooklyn, the new billion-dollar Barclays Center, where the Nets will be playing their home games starting this season, also gives the franchise better access to some of the newer revenue streams that have become vital to survival in the NBA over the last decade.
As stated in the NY Post article, those revenue streams are expected to produce $140 million for the Nets and majority owner Mikhail Prokhorov. This could mean $10-15 million in profit, compared to a $30 million dollar loss last season.
Brook Lopez is recovering from foot and ankle injuries from last season.
Generally when players talk about winning awards in the offseason, it's about taking home a Most Valuable Player trophy or the like. But Brooklyn Nets' guard MarShon Brooks has goals of his own - he wants to win the league's Sixth Man of the Year Award.
Brooks made the statement in an interview as posted by SB Nation blog, Nets Daily:
in a nearly 17 minute interview with SLAM's Aggrey Sam, MarShon Brooks talks about the lessons he learned last season, what he expects next season from himself and his team. He leaves no doubt of his personal goal, "Sixth man of the year, sixth man of the year," he repeated with a smile. "I'm not going to sell myself short."
The second-year guard had a solid season in his first NBA season last year, averaging just over 12 points, two rebounds, and three assists per contest. He'll have to improve on those numbers a bit to win the award, but with talented players around him to create opportunities to score, he could have a shot at it.
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The Brooklyn Nets will begin the 2012-2013 season at home on Nov. 1 against the New York Knicks. The Nets will also play the Boston Celtics on Christmas Day.
The Brooklyn Nets will get a first look at their schedule in their new home on Thursday night.
Free agent forward Andrei Kirilenko is no longer considering the Brooklyn Nets, sources tell Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports. The Nets would have only been able to offer Kirilenko the veteran minimum to return to the NBA. The Minnesota Timberwolves are now among teams pursuing the 31-year-old Russian.
Several league executives believe Minnesota is pursuing free agent Andrei Kirilenko. He's no longer considering Brooklyn, sources say.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 25, 2012
Deron Williams is a former teammate of Kirilenko with the Utah Jazz, and had reportedly been recruiting the forward for the Nets. Kirilenko's contract with CSKA Moscow gives him the option to bolt to the NBA every summer should he decide he wants to return. He is looking to make a decision before the start of the 2012 London Olympics.
The Brooklyn Nets offseason checklist got a bit shorter Tuesday, as the franchise agreed into terms with its second-round NBA Draft pick Tornike Shengelia. According to the SB Nation blog NetsDaily, the contract is expected to be near the league minimum, about $500,000.
The signing, says NetsDaily, brings the total number of player under contract for the Nets to 13. Shengelia, who's for the country of Georgia, has impressed coaches so far in Summer League, as he's averaged 10.2 points and 3.6 rebounds per game.
Shengelia impressed with his hard nose play, particularly on defense. Only 20 years old, he will be the youngest player on the team by two years and be one of three rookies, along with Tyshawn Taylor, 22, who was also taken with a pick purchased on Draft Night, and Mirza Teletovic, 26.
Almost everything for the Brooklyn Nets has gone right this offseason, but on Saturday a free-agent target escaped their grasp. Veteran big man Nazr Mohammed inked a deal with the Chicago Bulls, reports the New York Post's Peter Vescey. The Nets are looking for a back-up for starting center Brook Lopez, and Mohammed was suppose to help fill that void.
The Nets currently have four big men under contract -- Lopez, Kris Humphries, Mirza Teletovic and Reggie Evans. But only Lopez is taller than 6-foot-9, leaving the Nets severely undersized if Lopez misses any time, like he did last season.
With their starting five basically complete, the Brooklyn Nets are now looking to add depth to their roster and one of the ways of doing that is possibly signing a former NBAer -- forward Andrei Kirilenko. According to a report by the New York Post's Tim Bontemps, the Nets have had talks with Kirilenko, a former member of the Utah Jazz and teammate of point guard Deron Williams, but it's still uncertain if the Brooklyn can afford him.
The biggest thing working against the Nets is what they are able to pay him. Because they are now well over the salary cap and have used their "mini" mid-level exception to sign Bosnian power forward Mirza Teletovic, the Nets only can offer Kirilenko the veteran’s minimum.
Kirilenko’s contract with CSKA, which he signed during the lockout, was a three-year deal that pays him $4 million a year, with the option to leave for the NBA each summer if he chooses to do so.
The Brooklyn Nets are close to adding another big man to their roster in center Nazr Mohammed. Mohammed just recently tweeted on Friday that he is on a flight to Newark. The 14-year veteran will more than likely sign for the veteran's minimum, according to Chris Tomasson of Fox Sports Florida.
Mohammed is a journeyman NBA player who has played for seven teams and the Nets will be his eighth team. This past season he played for the Oklahoma City Thunder and appeared in 63 regular-season games where he averaged 2.7 points and 2.7 rebounds while playing in 11 minutes per game.
Mohammed will more than likely be the backup to starter Brook Lopez and provide a defensive presence for the Nets.
Andrei Kirilenko spent the NBA-shortened season playing in his native Russia with CSKA Moscow, but the former Utah Jazz forward is showing some interest in returning to the NBA and possibly joining the Brooklyn Nets.
Kirilenko is currently preparing for the Olympics with Russia, and during a break a reporter asked about his playing future:
- One can not ask about your club career? When will you make a final decision?
- I do not know. Before me is a very serious dilemma. There are several scenarios.
- Is one of them - "Brooklyn Nets"?
- Maybe "Brooklyn Nets", and perhaps with CSKA Moscow ...
Kirilenko to the Nets makes a lot of sense since he could reconnect with Deron Williams as the two spent just over six seasons playing together with the Jazz. Plus, Kirilenko had interest in joining the Nets this past season before deciding to play in Russia.
Last season with the Nets, Bogans only played in five games, a result after having suffered a season-ending injury on Feb. 8 against the Detroit Pistons. In that game Bogans tore a ligament and fractured his left ankle.
The 10-year veteran has played for six teams in his career with stops at Houston Rockets, Orlando Magic, Milwaukee Bucks, Charlotte Bobcats, San Antonio Spurs and Chicago Bulls. This will be his second season with the Nets.
You could forgive Brooklyn Nets' center Brook Lopez if he felt a little bit like a ping pong ball recently. Lopez had been dangled by the Nets in trade talks for Dwight Howard for what seemed like an eternity, had gone through a summer of free agency and has now returned to the Nets -- where he has to know he was the franchise's backup plan if it failed to acquire Howard.
Now that the 24-year-old Lopez is back with the Nets he appears to be using his recent experience, including his injury-plagued 2011-12 season, as motivation.
Here is part of what Lopez told Evan Roberts of WFAN during a recent interview:
"I’m just really excited to get out there and prove to people that I can be an important part of this team — and help them win a lot of games," Lopez said.
With Deron Williams, Joe Johnson, Gerald Wallace and Kris Humphries the Nets believe they are a playoff-caliber team. To be special, though, they need Lopez to be the player he has hinted he can be. Foot and ankle injuries limited him to five games last season, but he averaged 20.4 points per game in 2010-11. He averaged only 6.5 rebounds, though, down from more than eight per game his first two seasons in the league.
If Lopez can match his career averages of 18.4 points and 7.9 rebounds he should be able to accomplish his goal, which is "to render those trade rumors moot."
If that happens, the Nets will indeed be a dangerous team in the Eastern Conference.
The Nets are not alone in their interest of Hollins. The Los Angeles Clippers and New Orleans Hornets are also reportedly taking a look at Hollins. The veteran center is apparently not the only target for the Nets which might also be considering Nazr Mohammed or Darko Milicic to backup starting center Brook Lopez.
Hollins split time between the Boston Celtics and Cleveland Cavaliers last season and played 39 games (8 starts) mostly as a bench player. The seven-footer has averaged 4.2 points, 2.3 rebounds and 0.5 blocks per game in 13.0 minutes per game his six year career.
According to ESPN.com's Marc Stein, the Brooklyn Nets and forward Kris Humphries have agreed to terms on a two-year, $24 million contract. NBA.com's David Aldridge confirmed the report. The contract is totally guaranteed, reports Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports. Spears also is reporting the Charlotte Bobcats offered Humphries a three-year, $28 million deal.
Last season, Humphires made $8 million and averaged a career-high 13.8 points and 11.0 rebounds per game. Those numbers could dwindle a bit this season, as Humphries will need to share the ball with starters Deron Williams (point guard), Joe Johnson (shooting guard), Gerald Wallace (small forward) and Brook Lopez (center).
"Kris has been a very consistent player for us over the past two years," said Nets general manager Billy King. "He has developed into one of the top rebounding forwards in the league, and we are very pleased to welcome him back."
A longtime NBA veteran, Stackhouse played with the Atlanta Hawks last season and appeared in 30 games. He averaged 3.6 points in 9.1 minutes. In 17 NBA seasons, Stackhouse has averages of 17.4 points, 3.3 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game. The former first-team All-Rookie guard/forward has made two NBA All-Star Games (2000, 2001) in his career.
Teletovic is a 6-9 forward who spent last season with Caja Laboral Vitoria of the Spanish ACB League. Last season, Teletovic averaged 16.3 points and 6.9 rebounds in 31.1 minutes per game. Teletovic also averaged 21.7 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.0 blocks per game in 10 Eurocup games last season.
The Brooklyn Nets probably aren't going to make anymore blockbuster trades, but there's still some work to do with the roster, especially when it comes to the small forward position. The answer, reports the New York Post's Tim Bontemps, could come via free agency and a familiar name -- Damion James.
A source said the Nets have spoken to James since free agency began about the possibility of bringing back the 6-foot-7, 225-pound forward, after declining the option on his contract during the year and making him a free agent.
The Brooklyn Nets have reached an agreement in principle with point guard C.J. Watson, the team announced Saturday night. Watson, a five-year veteran who spent the last two seasons with the Chicago Bulls, would seemingly fill the backup point guard role behind Deron Williams.
The deal is reportedly for two years at the veteran minimum.
"C.J. has the ability to be productive in a variety of roles, and he will add quality and versatility to our backcourt rotation," said Nets general manager Billy King.
Watson, 28, averaged 9.7 points and a career-high 5.1 assists per game last season for the Bulls in 49 games, including a career-best 25 starts. For his career he averages 7.8 points and 2.6 assists in 20.6 minutes per game.
King cautioned that "it's a process," according to Howard Beck of the New York Times. But it looks like the Nets are close to keeping their leading rebounder and continuing to solidify their rotation as they position themselves for a strong playoff run next year.
It has been reported that the Nets are willing to offer Humphries three years and $24 million to remain with the team. His other primary suitor, the Charlotte Bobcats, are said to be offering three years and $22 million.
Humphries averaged 13.8 points and 11.0 rebounds last season. His rebounding average ranked him fifth in the NBA.
For more on the Nets, please be sure to visit our blog Nets Daily for all the latest news and updates.
Apparently, someone loves Kris Humphries. Multiple someone's, even. Humphries, the free-agent forward who spent the last three seasons with the then-New Jersey Nets is reportedly the subject of a bidding ware between the now-Brooklyn Nets and the Charlotte Bobcats.
Marc Stein of ESPN tweets the details below:
Numbers circulating in Kris Humphries' bidding war: Word is Nets offering three-year deal worth $24 mil; Bobcats offering three years, $22M— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 12, 2012
Humphries, 27, averaged career highs in points (13.8) and rebounds (11.0) per game a season ago.
The Nets had originally hoped to use Humphries as part of a sign-and-trade to acquire Dwight Howard from the Orlando Magic, but were unable to reach an agreement to get that done.
Brooklyn, of course, has re-signed Deron Williams, Brook Lopez and Gerald Wallace and added Joe Johnson via trade. Failing to retain Humphries, however, would leave the Nets without a solid rebounder at the power forward spot.
Is Brooklyn Nets forward Kris Humphries being eyed by another NBA team? According to a report, the Charlotte Bobcats are renewing efforts to acquire Humphries (via Rick Bonnell). The Bobcats were originally trying to be part of a blockbuster trade for the Nets which would have brought Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard to Brooklyn. However, the Bobcats reportedly only wanted to acquire Humphries at the time for one season through a sign-and-trade deal.
The Cleveland Cavaliers backed out of a potential trade for Humphries on Wednesday that would have signed the forward to a multi-year deal.
Last season, Humphries made $8 million and had career-highs in points (13.8), rebounds (11.0), blocks (1.2) and minutes (34.9) per game. He could reportedly command a salary of $10 million over three or four seasons.
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"I'm thrilled with the way our team has come together," Prokhorov said in a statement. "My congratulations and appreciation go out to General Manager Billy King, Assistant General Manager Bobby Marks and Head Coach Avery Johnson for their tenacity, nerve and heart throughout this process. With the re-signing of Deron Williams and the trade for Joe Johnson, we go into our new home led by an All-Star backcourt and with every hope of a great season for the Brooklyn Nets. I can't wait until opening night."
The Nets' offseason has been a busy one. The team traded for Johnson, re-signed Williams and Gerald Wallace, and extended the contract of Brook Lopez. Though they did not manage to acquire Dwight Howard, the Nets should compete for one of the top three or four seeds in the Eastern Conference in the upcoming season.
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The Dwight Howard deal may be dead in the water, but the Brooklyn Nets are keeping busy. A Thursday report from Yahoo! Sports says that the Nets and Cleveland Cavaliers are talking about a possible sign-and-trade deal for power forward Antawn Jamison.
Jamison, 36, is currently an unrestricted free agent. He spent the last two and a half seasons playing for the Cavs, telling the team that he would not return for the 2012-2013 season.
Jamison, 6-foot-9, averaged more than 17 points per game last season, with slightly more than 33 minutes of playing time per game. The Bobcats, Lakers and Warriors are also said to be talking with the free agent. The Cavaliers recently re-signed power forward Luke Harangody to a qualifying offer.
The Brooklyn Nets made it official on Wednesday, announcing the signing of Bosnian forward Mirza Teletovic. General manager Billy King's official announcement wrapped up a deal that had originally been reported days before.
Part of the holdup with Teletovic had to do with negotiations over his contract and the Dwight Howard saga. The team was trying to use a smaller, cheaper mid-level exception rather than the full mid-level exception on the Bosnian forward in order to free up space for a potential Howard deal. With the Howard deal apparently called off, the Nets may have found more flexibility. Details of his contract were not announced by the team.
King spoke highly of Teletovic:
"Mirza Teletovic is one of the premier power forwards in Europe, and we are very pleased to add him to the Nets roster," said King. "He has an excellent outside game, and his ability to stretch the floor will be an important component to the team's success in the future."
Teletovic spent last season playing for Caja Laboral Vitoria of the Spanish ACB League. He averaged more than 16 points and nearly seven rebounds per game, along with 30 minutes of playing time.
The Brooklyn Nets officially announced the details of their trade with the Los Angeles Clippers to acquire forward Reggie Evans on Wednesday. In exchange for Evans, the Clippers will have the right to switch second-round picks with the Nets in 2016. Early reports of the deal had the Nets giving up a second-round pick in 2017 or 2018.
Nets general manager Billy King had this comment about the acquisition of Evans:
"Reggie Evans is one of the most tenacious rebounders in the league," said King. "He is a proven NBA veteran and will be an important addition to our front court rotation."
Evans averaged 4.8 rebounds per game, playing an average of 13.8 minutes. In the playoffs this year, Evans averaged 18 minutes per game, 3 points and 7.3 rebounds in 11 games.
The Brooklyn Nets public relations department has been busy all day Wednesday churning out the press releases. Now, the Nets have officially announced the acquisition of Joe Johnson from the Atlanta Hawks via trade. The deal was agreed upon last week but could not be made official until Wednesday.
The Nets acquired the 31-year-old six-time All-Star shooting guard from Atlanta in exchange for Jordan Farmar, Anthony Morrow, DeShawn Stevenson, Jordan Williams, Johan Petro, Houston's 2013 first-round pick and the Nets' second-round draft pick in 2017.
"We are very pleased to add a perennial All-Star caliber player like Joe Johnson to our roster," said Nets general manager Billy King. "Joe is considered one of the premier guards in the NBA, and his skill and talent level will have a very positive impact on our team."
The Brooklyn Nets have apparently given up on the Dwight Howard trade for the summer as they have reportedly re-signed center Brook Lopez to a max deal of four years and $61 million (via Adrian Wojnarowski). A fifth-year option is not reportedly part of the deal (via Sam Amick). Lopez is expected to sign the deal on Wednesday night. Once Lopez signs with the Nets, he won't be trade eligible until Jan. 15, 2013.
Lopez only played five games last season and averaged 19.2 points, 3.6 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 0.8 blocks per game in 27.2 minutes per game. For his four-year career with the Nets, Lopez averages 17.4 points, 7.5 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.6 blocks per game.
The Brooklyn Nets announced Wednesday that they have re-signed small forward Gerald Wallace. Though the team did not disclose the terms of the contract, Wallace's deal has been reported at four years and $40 million.
"Re-signing Gerald was a top priority this offseason, and we are very pleased that he will continue to be a Net," said general manager Billy King. "He is a proven veteran who is a leader both on and off the court, and his style of play is critical to the team’s success."
Wallace, 29, was acquired in a trade at midseason last year. After joining the Nets, he appeared in 16 games with the team, all starts, and averaged 15.2 points, 6.8 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.4 steals in 35.8 minutes.
The one-time All-Star has career averages of 13.5 points, 6.3 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.5 steals in 31.1 minutes.
The Brooklyn Nets have been incredibly aggressive in rebuilding their team. On Wednesday morning, they added some depth and veteran leadership. Jerry Stackhouse and the Nets have agreed to a one-year, $1.3 million contract, according to ESPN's Chad Ford.
Stackhouse, 37, isn't going to be much more than a minor role player, but without question a player who can help thanks to his bevy of experience. Last year, Stackhouse averaged 3.6 points per game for the Atlanta Hawks last season, only seeing time in 30 games.
It's a low risk signing for the Nets, who need to fill out some roster spots on the cheap in order to sign some bigger names, and maybe trade for one in particular.
The Brooklyn Nets haven't been looking to save too much money this offseason.
Lopez is one of the more talented big men in the league and if the Nets aren't able to land Dwight Howard, Lopez would be a nice consolation prize. Of course, he would also be essential in a sign-and-trade deal for Howard, so it's very much a fluid situation.
However once Lopez signs a contract with the Nets, he can't be dealt until December due to league rules.
With the Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Lakers now in hot pursuit of Howard as well, maybe the time has come for Brooklyn to re-double their efforts elsewhere in hopes of building a long-term contender.
Since Lopez is a restricted free agent under Brooklyn's control, the deal could be worth up to five years and $78 million. It is believed Nets general manager Billy King is putting in protection for the team against Lopez's bothersome right foot.
Considering Lopez only played five games in 2011-12 after breaking it twice, King is undoubtedly making the prudent move by doing so.
Per Ken Berger at CBSSports.com, the Nets and Orlando Magic have "made progress" on a deal for the superstar center. The Cleveland Cavaliers would be the third party, taking power forward Kris Humphries from the Nets.
The Cavs would take Humphries in a sign-and-trade deal, but they would also want MarShon Brooks and perhaps some draft picks for helping Brooklyn's cause.
Berger wrote that there is "significant work left to be done" before a trade is completed. One potential fly in the ointment is Humphries having to agree to a deal sending him to the Cavaliers.
Despite the obstacles Berger wrote that Brooklyn is now the "most likely landing spot for Howard in a trade."Howard, of course, has been insistent that the Nets are the only team with whom he is willing to sign a long-term deal.
There's still a lot of time for the Brooklyn Nets and Orlando Magic to work out a deal for All-Star center Dwight Howard. However, with talks between the two teams reaching a standstill, it looks as if the Nets are looking to take care of their own before doing anything drastic.
According to Yahoo! Sports Adrian Wojnarowski, the Nets and center Brook Lopez, a restricted free agent, are talking about a possible contract extension. The move, says Wojnarowski via Twitter, is to either lockup the young big man for the long-term or to set up a sign-and-trade with the Magic.
Since the start of the NBA free agency, Lopez has been rumored to be one of the main pieces in a possible trade for Howard -- this makes sense since Orlando would need to have a center in return.
There are no details yet on what the possible contract numbers could be.
Dwight Howard is still a member of the Orlando Magic, and apparently will be for a while yet. The Brooklyn Nets, though, have become a desirable destination for NBA veterans looking to hook on with good teams. Here is some of what is making news around the Nets today.
The Nets are apparently on Marcus Camby list of potential teams, according to Frank Isola of the Daily News See below:
Deron Williams: Nets getting Joe Johnson was key to me re-signing
"I was really close to going to Dallas. I actually thought that's where I was going to go," Williams said after the U.S. Olympic team opened training camp Friday.
After news broke that Johnson was Brooklyn-bound, Williams said he felt the Nets "for a longer time would be the better team.''
"Joe got me over the hump,'' he said. "I've never played with anybody like him, a guy on the wing that can get his own shot and also get me involved and is a great defender. We could be one of the top backcourts in the NBA for sure."
As a four-year starter at Kansas, Taylor accumulated 1,580 points, the 14th-most in school history. He was named a 2011-12 AP Third Team All-American as a senior, when he averaged career highs with 16.6 points, 4.8 assists and 1.3 steals while helping to lead the Jayhawks to the finals of the NCAA tournament.
The Nets acquired Taylor's rights in exchange for cash during a draft-night trade with the Portland Trail Blazers. The 6-foot-3, 185-pound point guard is a Hoboken, NJ, native and has expressed excitement that he will be playing professionally so close to his home.
Brooklyn's other two draft picks, Ilkan Karamn of Turkey and Tornike Shengelia of the Republic of Georgia, are expected to remain overseas for at least a year or two.
The Philadelphia 76ers used the amnesty clause Friday to buy out the remaining one year and $18 million on Brand's contract. NBA teams that are under the cap will get the first chance to bid on Brand before teams over the cap get the ability to pursue him.
Brand, 33, averaged 11.0 points and 7.2 rebounds per game for the 76ers last season. He wasn't worth $18 million, but the 13-year veteran is a good defender and rebounder who can still score a little and would be a helpful addition to most teams at the right price.
Free agent point guard Jason Kidd is nearing a deal that would see the veteran end his long career with the Dallas Mavericks. According to a Thursday morning report out of Dallas, Kidd and the Mavericks are close to a deal that is expected to be finished soon. No snags are anticipated.
Talk about Kidd joining Deron Williams circulated earlier in the free agent period. Kidd himself talked about that possibility, and Williams was one of several high profile players on the Mavericks' radar.
The New York Knicks were also said to be in talks with Kidd.
The Brooklyn Nets have not quite given up on a potential trade for Dwight Howard. The Nets have been working hard to rearrange the contract of new signing Mirza Teletovic to ensure that they can still make a play for Howard or pay Brook Lopez and Kris Humphries to stay around if no Howard deal is possible (via SB Nation).
The Nets are trying to use their smaller mid-level exception (close to $3 million for three years) rather than the full mid-level exception which Teletovic was originally signed to. If the Nets and Teletovic can agree to rearrange his contract, Brooklyn will be able to surpass their $74.3 million in payroll. Being able to exceed that salary will allow the Nets to put together a package for Howard that won't be hampered by sign-and-trade scenarios. Previous reports stated that Humphries would be a likely player involved in a sign-and-trade for Howard.
The Brooklyn Nets have reportedly agreed to a 5-year, $98-million contract extension with star point guard Deron Williams
Williams himself tweeted "Made a very tough decision today...." and then posted a picture of the Brooklyn Nets logo (via Williams' Twitter).
Williams had been deciding between a return home to Texas with the Dallas Mavericks or staying with the Nets and signing an extension. Ultimately, he chose to stay with Brooklyn, which has been trying to stockpile some talent to surround the point guard. The Nets recently traded for Hawks guard Joe Johnson, re-signed forward Gerald Wallace and reached an agreement with Bosnian forward Mirza Teletovic.
Last season for the Nets, Williams averaged 21 points, 8.7 assists, 3.3 rebounds and 1.2 steals per game in 55 games.
Ilyasova, 25, is reportedly on the Nets' radar as an option for a sign-and-trade deal involving Kris Humphries (via Peter Vecsey's Twitter). Ilyasova averages 9.7 points, 6 rebounds and one assist for his career but his coming off a career year with the last season. He averaged 13 points, 8.8 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 2011-2012. Ilyasova is a 6-foot-9, 235-pound four-year veteran originally from Turkey.
Humphries, who had career-highs last season in points (13.8), rebounds (11.0), assists (1.5) and blocks (1.2) per game. Brooklyn would also likely need to have a third team take Humphries in a trade for Howard.
The Brooklyn Nets have reportedly completed a sign-and-trade deal with the Los Angeles Clippers to get forward Reggie Evans (via Adrian Wojnarowski's Twitter). The deal for Evans is reportedly worth $5 million over three years. The Nets will reportedly give up a second round NBA Draft pick in either 2017 or 2018 to the Clippers (via Howard Beck's Twitter).
For his 10-year NBA career, Evans averages 4 points and 6.8 rebounds per game in 19 minutes per game. He was used sparingly by the Clippers last season and averaged just 13.8 minutes per game, 1.9 points and 4.9 rebounds per game. Evans (6-foot-8, 245 pounds) is also a physical forward who has averaged 2.4 personal fouls per game during his career. He had a career-best total of 11.5 rebounds per game for the Raptors in 2010-2011.
The New Jersey Nets have reached an agreement with forward Mirza Teletovic of Bosnia, according to a report from Howard Beck of the New York Times.
The deal is reportedly for the mid-level exception:
Nets are using midlevel exception to sign Teletovic to 3-yr deal. Means: 1. they cannot go over $74 mil payroll. 2. Can't use MLE for Kidd— Howard Beck (@HowardBeckNYT) July 3, 2012
Teletovic, 26, is regarded as one of basketball's premier overseas talents. The 6-foot-9, 242-pounder can play both forward positions, averaging 21.7 points and 6.0 rebounds last season in the Euroleague, according to his Draft Express profile. He also hit more than three 3-pointers per game while drilling 43.1 percent of his attempts.
The move continues the Nets' reloading of their roster, one day after they traded for Joe Johnson.
However, it appears that will have to wait until Howard is a free agent following the 2012-13 season. The Nets have reportedly decided to move on from trying to acquire Howard. In fact, a source says that Howard "blew it in March" when he waived his opt-out clause last March (via Chris Broussard's Twitter). The Nets did want to talk with the Magic about trading for Howard, but Orlando did not want to talk to the Nets (via Broussard's Twitter).
Deron Williams is reportedly meeting with the Nets on Monday evening as the team tries to make its pitch to get him to re-sign. Brooklyn reportedly acquired Atlanta Hawks guard Joe Johnson on Monday in a trade.
The Brooklyn Nets have acquired guard Joe Johnson from the Atlanta Hawks in a trade on Monday, according to a report (via Nets Daily). The trade will not reportedly be finalized until July 11. The Nets did not have to give up MarShon Brooks or Gerald Green.
Johnson was sent to the Nets in exchange for:
Anthony Morrow; Jordan Farmar, who will be bought out at Atlanta's expense; Jordan Williams, Johan Petro, a signed-and-traded DeShawn Stevenson and the Rockets 2013 lottery protected first round pick.
For his career, Johnson averages 17.8 points, 4.4 assists and 4.2 rebounds per game. Last season with the Hawks, Johnson averaged 18.8 points, 3.9 assists and 3.7 rebounds per game.
After the trade the Nets can now use the full $5 million mid-level exception and the bi-annual $1.95 million exception. The Nets also retain their first round pick.
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NBA Free Agency: After Joe Johnson Trade, How Good Are New-Look Brooklyn Nets? (via sbnation)
The Nets are reportedly interested in Nash as a replacement or teammate for Deron Williams (via Marc Stein's Twitter). Williams will be meeting with the Mavericks on Monday afternoon before his meeting with the Nets on Monday evening.
Nash is not the only player the Nets have targeted to try to boost their talent level to try to convince Williams to stay in town rather than move close to home in Dallas. Brooklyn has also inquired about Atlanta Hawks guard Joe Johnson, Grizzlies guard O.J. Mayo and Rockets forward Luis Scola. The Nets are also one of three teams in discussions with the Orlando Magic about center Dwight Howard.
While the Mavericks will get the first crack at Williams Monday afternoon, the Nets will reportedly meet with him on Monday evening. The Nets can offer Williams a longer deal worth more money. However, the Dallas pitch includes the opportunity to play at home and for a recent NBA Champion.
The Nets will attempt to strengthen their pitch to keep Williams by trying to surrounding him with talent. Brooklyn is in contention with the Lakers and Rockets to land Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard. As the Howard deal could take some time, the Nets are also reaching out to the Hawks, Rockets and Grizzlies for other talent options through a trade.
From the start of the 2012 NBA free agency period, the Brooklyn Nets have been very active out of the gate and, according to sources, are possibly close to trading for Atlanta Hawks forward Joe Johnson. Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting that Johnson could be a Net as soon as Sunday.
Wojnarowski also said that if the Nets cannot work out a deal for Johnson, then Memphis Grizzles forward O.J. Mayo could be next on Brooklyn's radar. Both players could be used as pieces to convince point guard Deron Williams to re-sign with the team and possibly help the process of acquiring center Dwight Howard.
It's not yet known what the Nets are willing to give up for Johnson or willing to give in a contract to Mayo.
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The 2012 NBA free agency period opened early Sunday morning, and the Brooklyn Nets have become the first franchise to agree in terms with a player. According to New York Post's Fred Kerber, the Nets signed forward Gerald Wallace to a four-year, $40-million deal. The signing cannot become official until the signing period begins on July 11.
Wallace, who opted out of the final year of his contact with the Nets last month, was expected to sign just a three-year deal worth $24 million, but it looks like he got the extra year he wanted.
Last season, Wallace was acquired by the Nets via a trade with the Portland Trailblazers. The acquisition was to help convince star point guard Deron Williams to re-sign with the team.
It's unclear if the agreement between the Nets and Wallace will help the franchise's chances of trading for center Dwight Howard, who has been asked to be traded from the Orland Magic to Brooklyn.
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It has been a busy Saturday night for the Nets, who have been the subject of trade rumors and free agency possibilities ranging from Deron William's impending decision to Dwight Howard's interest in being traded to Brooklyn. Yahoo's Adrian Wojnarowski, who earlier reported on a discussed trade between the Hawks and Nets involving All-Star guard Joe Johnson, tweeted that the Nets were also in deep negotiations with the Houston Rockets for a deal that would've sent power forward Luis Scola to Brooklyn. That trade, however, appears to have fallen apart at the finish line.
Houston and Brooklyn were deep in discussions on trade for Luis Scola on Saturday, but talks fell apart before completion, sources tell Y!— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 1, 2012
The timing of the trade's failure to be completed, coupled with the rumored interest of All-Star center Howard, could prove to be nothing more than a coincidence. If the Nets caught wind of Howard's conversation with Orlando GM Rob Hennigan though, the possibility remains that they may have moved pieces off the table that were set to head to Houston in a trade for Scola. The same could be said about their ongoing discussions with the Atlanta Hawks to acquire Joe Johnson.
On the eve of the NBA's free agency period, rumors surrounding free agents and potential trades have been swirling abound. Perhaps the most desired free agent in the 2012 class, Deron Williams, will reportedly be choosing between the Brooklyn Nets and the Dallas Mavericks for his future destination. The Nets, in desperate need of bolstering their roster to appease Williams, are apparently in discussions with the Atlanta Hawks to acquire All-Star shooting guard Joe Johnson. This according to Yahoo's Adrian Wojnarowski:
Brooklyn and Atlanta are engaged in talks on a possible Joe Johnson trade, sources tell Y! Nets plan would be to pair with Deron Williams.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 1, 2012
Wojnarowski followed up his original tweet by stating that both teams are in discussions with other organizations and a deal is far from coming to fruition. But a possible Johnson deal could boost Brooklyn's chances at re-signing Williams, while providing long-term salary cap relief to the Hawks. It remains unclear who the Nets would send back to the Hawks, considering Gerald Wallace is an unrestricted free agent and Brook Lopez is also a free agent (although restricted).
For more on the Nets, visit Nets Daily.
The 2012 NBA Free Agency period begins at midnight. We know that the big deal for the Brooklyn Nets will be whether or not star guard Deron Williams chooses to stay with them or head to the Dallas Mavericks.
There are rumors already that Williams and Jason Kidd want to play together, and that they will likely do so with Brooklyn. We have to wait until at least Monday to find out for sure, however, since Williams is meeting with both teams on Monday.
The Nets, however, have a lot of other work to do. Here is a list of all of their free agents [via NBA.com]
Free Agents: G Jordan Farmar, G Sundiata Gaines (restricted), G/F Gerald Green, F Kris Humphries, F Damion James, G Armon Johnson, C Brook Lopez (restricted), F DeShawn Stevenson, F Gerald Wallace, G Deron Williams, F/C Shelden Williams
Humphries could be difficult for the Nets to keep as the power forward could be wooed by the Philadelphia 76ers.
Williams will meet with representatives from both the Dallas Mavericks and the Brooklyn Nets on Monday, and would like to make a decision before July 7, when he heads to camp in preparation for the 2012 Olympics in London.
Williams and Kidd were set to play golf together in The Hamptons this weekend, and Kidd recently purchased a home in East Hampton as well. Kidd was the starting point guard for the Nets from 2001 to 2008, including when they went to the NBA Finals in 2002 and 2003.
According to Bucher, a source close to both players said that Kidd and Williams have already agreed to play for the Nets, while another said Williams is still torn. The Nets entire rebuilding plan as they enter their first season is Brooklyn is, of course, built around getting Williams to stay with the team.
For the Brooklyn Nets, who have just one pick late in the second round of the 2012 NBA Draft, the real work this offseason is in free agency. Deron Williams is the big story, but a minor plot line could play out with Bosnian forward Mirza Teletovic.
According to the Newark Star-Ledger Teletovic is set to leave his Spanish team and enter the NBA as a free agent this summer. The 6-foot-9 forward expects to sign a deal with the Nets or the Cleveland Cavaliers.
The analysis on Teletovic from Draft Express identifies him as a skilled three-point shooter, but a mediocre defender who leaves something to be desired on the boards as well. He turns 27 in September.
Jason Kidd will consider returning to the Dallas Mavericks next season after testing free agency this summer, he told reporters on Monday, but he's also intrigued by the prospect of joining the Brooklyn Nets.
Asked J Kidd about free agency, he said its early but brought up two teams -- Mavs and Nets. On Nets, re-signing Deron "is the key."— Stefan Bondy (@NYDNInterNets) June 18, 2012
J Kidd - "My days of playing 38 minutes are over. ...me and Deron can play off each other."— Stefan Bondy (@NYDNInterNets) June 18, 2012
The 39-year old point guard averaged 6.2 points and 5.5 assists while shooting an abysmal 36.3 percent from the field during 48 regular season games with the Mavericks this past season. He has been a starter during his entire 17-year NBA career, but is likely facing a transition to the bench next season.
Brooklyn Nets forward Gerald Wallace opted out of the final year of his deal. Will the team re-sign him before their Brooklyn debut next season?
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