NEW YORK - MAY 19: New Jersey Nets Owner Mikhail Prokhorov addresses the media during a press conference at the Four Seasons Hotel on May 19, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

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The value of the Brooklyn Nets franchise has skyrocketed, and that is expected to bring profit to the ownership group led by Mikhail Prokhorov.

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Brooklyn Nets Free Agency: Josh Childress Signs One-Year Deal

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.

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Brooklyn Nets 2012 Free Agency Update: Donte Greene Signs, According To Report

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.

Nets Daily, SB Nation's Brooklyn Nets site, provided some background information on Donte Greene's career:

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.

Greene is expected to be the backup at small forward to the recently re-signed Gerald Wallace. He was originally a first-round pick by the Memphis Grizzlies back in 2008.

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Brooklyn Nets Likely To Post First Profit In Decade In 2012-13

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.

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Brook Lopez Estimates That He's At 90 Percent Health

Brook Lopez is recovering from foot and ankle injuries from last season.

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NBA Free Agency 2012: Nets' Target Nazr Mohammed Signs With Bulls

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.

According to the Post, the Nets also lost out on the bidding of former Net Jason Collins, who signed with the Boston Celtics.

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NBA Free Agency 2012: Nets Talking With Andrei Kirilenko -- Report

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.


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Brook Lopez Interview: Center 'Excited' By Return To 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.

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Kris Humphries Signs With Nets For Two Years, $24 Million -- Report

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).

Humphries, 27, is entering his eighth season in the league and was rumored to be one of the pieces of a possible blockbuster deal involving Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard.

"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."

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NBA Free Agency 2012: Nets Looking At Bringing Back Damion James?

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.

If the Nets sign James, he will be expected to back up newly acquired small forward Gerald Wallace, writes Bontemps. James is coming off an injury-plagued 2011-12 season, which featured him having surgery to repair a stress fracture of the fifth metatarsal in his right foot.

James was drafted by the Nets in '10 and last season averaged just 4.9 points and 4.7 rebounds per game.

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C.J. Watson Signing: Brooklyn Nets Ink Veteran Guard

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.

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Brooklyn Nets Rumors: Bobcats, Nets Bidding For Kris Humphries?

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:

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.

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Mikhail Prokhorov Statement: Brooklyn Nets Owner 'Thrilled' With Team's Offseason

The Brooklyn Nets officially introduced Reggie Evans and Mirza Teletovic on Thursday, and owner Mikhail Prokhorov expressed his excitement with the way the offseason has unfolded.

"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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NBA Free Agency 2012: Nets, Cavaliers Talking About A Deal For Antawn Jamison

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.

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Joe Johnson Trade: Brooklyn Nets Make Johnson Deal Official

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."

Johnson will team with Deron Williams, Gerald Wallace, Brook Lopez and MarShon Brooks as the Nets enter a new era in Brooklyn.

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Brook Lopez Signing: Brooklyn Reportedly Agrees To 4-Year, $61-Million Max Deal With Lopez

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.

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NBA Free Agency Rumors 2012: Gerald Wallace Officially Re-Signs With Brooklyn Nets

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."


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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.

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Jerry Stackhouse Signed To One-Year Deal By Brooklyn Nets

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.

The 6-foot-6 small forward has played for seven teams prior to Brooklyn. He broke in with the Philadelphia 76ers before moving onto the Detroit Pistons, where he had the best years of his career.

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.

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Dwight Howard Trade Rumors 2012: Howard Deal Getting Help From Cleveland

With this Dwight Howard story, you never can tell what's about to happen. However, it seems the story might be closer to reaching a conclusion that Brooklyn Nets fans would be very happy about.

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.

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NBA Free Agency 2012: Brook Lopez, Nets Talk About Contract Extension, According To Sources

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.

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2012 NBA Free Agency Rumors: Amnestied Elton Brand Interests Brooklyn Nets

The Brooklyn Nets will have significant interest in free agent Elton Brand if he clears amnesty waivers, David Aldridge of NBA.com reported on Friday.

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.

The Nets have already had a busy offseason, re-signing Deron Williams and Gerald Wallace, trading for Joe Johnson and acquiring Mirza Teletovic from Bosnia.

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Deron Williams Extension: Williams, Nets Reportedly Agree To 5-Year, $100 Million Deal

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.

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2012 NBA Free Agency: Ersan Ilyasova As Back-Up Plan If Nets Can't Trade for Dwight Howard?

The Brooklyn Nets could have a back-up plan in place if they can't make a trade for Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard: sign free-agent center Ersan Ilyasova.

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 Milwaukee Bucks 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.

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Dwight Howard Trade Rumors: Brooklyn Nets Moving On After Magic Refuse To Talk, According To Report

The Brooklyn Nets were the "one team" on Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard's list he said he would sign a long-term contract with.

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.

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2012 NBA Trade Rumors: Nets, Hawks Working On Joe Johnson Deal; O.J. Mayo A Secondary Option

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.


FG 3PT FT Rebounds Misc
G M M A Pct M A Pct M A Pct Off Def Tot Ast TO Stl Blk PF PPG
2011 - Joe Johnson 60 35.4 7.1 15.5 45.4 2.1 5.4 38.8 2.6 3.1 84.9 0.9 2.8 3.7 3.9 1.9 0.8 0.2 1.3 18.8

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2012 NBA Free Agency: Nets, Gerald Wallace Agree On 4-Year Deal, According To Sources

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.


FG 3PT FT Rebounds Misc
G M M A Pct M A Pct M A Pct Off Def Tot Ast TO Stl Blk PF PPG
2011 - Gerald Wallace 58 35.8 4.9 10.9 45.4 0.8 2.6 30.7 3.1 3.9 80.0 1.5 5.2 6.7 2.8 1.9 1.5 0.6 2.5 13.8

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2012 NBA Free Agency, Brooklyn Nets: Deron Williams Not The Only Free Agent Story

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.

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Deron Williams Free Agency Rumors: Jason Kidd Will Join Same Team, According To Report

Free agent point guard Jason Kidd is set to sign with the same team as Deron Williams according to a report from Ric Bucher of ESPN.

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.


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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.

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NBA Free Agency Rumors 2012: Brooklyn Nets Could Sign Bosnian Forward Mirza Teletovic

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.

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