Nets Rumors & News

  • Report: NBA eyeing 2020 as earliest draft allowing high schoolers

    Sportsnaut "Although it feels inevitable the NBA will eliminate the one-and-done rule, the change isn’t expected to happen for next year’s class of high school prospects. According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, conversations between the NBA and Players’ Association have centered on 2020 as the “earliest..." April 25

  • Nets Hire Pablo Prigioni, Tiago Splitter

    Hoops Rumors "A pair of former NBA players have joined the Nets’ organization, the team announced today in a press release. Pablo Prigioni has been hired as an assistant coach on Kenny Atkinson‘s staff, while Tiago Splitter had been named a pro scout with additional duties related to on-court player..." April 24

  • Kenyon Martin Says 85 Percent of NBA Smokes Marijuana

    SLAM Online "While the NBA bans the use of marijuana, Kenyon Martin estimates that “85 percent” of the League continues to find ways to smoke marijuana. In a roundtable discussion with B/R Mag’s Master Tesfatsion, Matt Barnes added that not only the players—but coaches and executives—smoke weed. “Some of..." April 20

  • Adam Silver: 'We Should Be Compensated' If Sports Gambling Is Legalized

    Bleacher Report "NBA commissioner Adam Silver reiterated Friday the league believes it should receive compensation if sports betting becomes legal in the United States. Silver explained his stance during an appearance on ESPN's Get Up!, per Andrew Joe Potter of The Score. "We've joined the fray ... and we..." April 20

  • Adam Silver on NBA’s handling of tanking incentives: ‘We’re not there yet’

    Pro Basketball Talk "NBA commissioner Adam Silver has defined tanking so narrowly – a team purposefully losing – he can deny it happens. A team sitting good healthy players? Not necessarily tanking. A team using suboptimal lineup combinations? Not necessarily tanking. Players giving less effort as they feel..." April 18

  • NBA owner reportedly berated coach for not tanking

    Larry Brown Sports "As long as the NBA keeps its draft system the way it currently is, tanking will always be a huge issue across the league, particularly late in the season. For at least one team owner, tanking was an absolute must down the stretch. In the latest edition of his podcast with Bobby Marks, ESPN’s..." April 17

  • Big Pay Raises Coming for G League Players

    New York Times "The N.B.A. is instituting a long-anticipated salary increase in its developmental league, according to two people familiar with the league’s plans. Effective next season, players signed to G League contracts will earn $35,000 — or $7,000 per month — in addition to housing and insurance benefits..." April 17

  • NBA Leaves 18-19 Cap Projection At $101M, 19-20 At $108M

    Real GM Basketball "The NBA has not changed their preseason salary cap projection of $101 million for the 18-19 season and $108 million for 19-20 in a new memo to teams." April 17

  • 2018 Pre-Lottery NBA Draft Order

    Hoops Rumors "The NBA conducted its draft tiebreakers on Friday evening, further cementing the draft order for 2018. While we’ll have to wait until the lottery to determine the exact order for this year’s event, we now know what most of the 60 selections look like. Listed below is the pre-lottery 2018 NBA..." April 16

  • NBA viewership up year-over-year on both ABC and TNT

    Awful Announcing "It has been a good year for the NBA. Both conferences have featured more exciting races than expected, with mildly surprising results atop the standings and all kinds of unexpected outcomes (Jazz! Blazers! Pacers!) just a bit lower down. Superstars have played like superstars, young players have..." April 12

  • Jahlil Okafor: My Career Has Been Surprising

    Real GM Basketball "Jahlil Okafor entered the NBA as a generational low post talent, but he's dealt with injuries, off-court issues and a deep center rotation with the Philadelphia 76ers. Despite a fresh start with the Brooklyn Nets this season, Okafor's place in the NBA remains uncertain as he heads to..." April 12

  • Jeremy Lin will be joining a deep point-guard group next season

    New York Post "The first full season of this Nets regime was defined — and derailed — by a lack of fit and viable point guards. As the season wrapped up with Wednesday’s 110-97 loss to the Celtics, next year also may be decided by how they handle the position. Jeremy Lin, who worked out lightly pregame at TD..." April 12

  • Nets are seeing their project pay off — maybe too well

    New York Post "After the Nets spent last season trying to build up Joe Harris’ confidence, he set a goal to shoot 40 percent from 3-point range. Turns out he’s been better than even he expected. Harris has been the Nets’ shooter this season, and the NBA’s most accurate in 2018. It’s no coincidence the Nets..." April 10

  • Stephen Curry, LeBron James Headline US Men's Basketball National Team Roster

    Bleacher Report "USA Basketball announced its 35-player roster for the 2018-20 international basketball schedule on Friday, with Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James, Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant of the Golden State Warriors and Oklahoma City Thunder's reigning MVP Russell Westbrook among the notable..." April 06

  • Isaiah Whitehead has surgery on injured right wrist

    New York Post "Nets guard Isaiah Whitehead had successful surgery Tuesday to repair the scapholunate ligament in his right wrist. The procedure was performed by Dr. Michelle Carlson at the Hospital for Special Surgery. After a spate of backcourt injuries last season led to Whitehead finishing third on the..." April 04

  • Nurse, Vanterpool Top List Of Rising Head Coach Candidates

    Hoops Rumors "No NBA head coaches were replaced during the 2017 offseason, but that’s very unlikely to be the case for 2018. Tim Bontemps of The Washington Post and Chris Mannix of Yahoo Sports suggest that as many as 10 or 11 teams could be on the lookout for a new head coach this offseason. That list of..." April 04

  • Nets forward Quincy Acy, Pistons center Andre Drummond fined for altercation

    NBA.com "Brooklyn Nets forward Quincy Acy and Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond have each been fined for their roles in an on-court altercation, it was announced today by Kiki VanDeWeghe, Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations. The incident, for which both players were ejected, occurred..." April 03

  • Revolution Interrupted: Why Has the NBA's Effort to Hire Female Refs Stalled?

    Bleacher Report "Twenty-one years ago, the NBA broke the gender barrier when it hired Violet Palmer and Dee Kantner, becoming the first major U.S. professional men's league to hire women as full-time officials. But what was once seen as a sign of progress has not ushered in the cultural shift many expected. Today..." April 02

  • NBA Teams That Will Be Most Active on Trade Market This Summer

    Bleacher Report "Trade speculation is rampant during the NBA offseason—for good reason. Every team is, ostensibly, granted a fresh slate each summer. Breaks in the action allow them to decide what's next. Where are they headed? Where do they want to go? Squads can kick around rebuilds. They can chase instant..." April 02

  • Jahlil Okafor’s rotation exile could spell his end with Nets

    New York Post "Jahlil Okafor has been banished from the Nets rotation, turned into persona non grata. And with the young center set to hit unrestricted free agency this summer, it begs the question of whether he’ll be back. Coach Kenny Atkinson has only used Okafor three of their 18 games since the All-Star..." April 02

  • NBA teams break league-wide 3-point record for 6th consecutive year

    The Score "NBA players are digging the long ball more and more. Teams combined to break a league-wide record for the sixth year in a row Friday night courtesy of the 23,749th made 3-pointer, surpassing the 2016-17 total. With 93 games remaining, players are drilling threes at more than eight percent above..." March 31

  • Steve Nash, Jason Kidd, Grant Hill to enter Basketball Hall of Fame

    ESPN "Jason Kidd, Steve Nash and Grant Hill have been notified of their inductions into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2018, sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. A formal announcement of the full 2018 Hall of Fame class will come at a Final Four news conference in San..." March 29

  • Nets’ building block plans to be with the team for life

    New York Post "Net For Life. That’s what D’Angelo Russell told The Post he wants to be. With just seven games left after Wednesday’s game in Orlando, Russell is intent on having a strong finish to the season — the first of what he hopes are many in Brooklyn. That’s what makes his two-month injury layoff..." March 28

  • YouTube TV to become first ever presenting sponsor of the NBA Finals

    Awful Announcing "Last fall, YouTube TV served as the presenting sponsor for the World Series, plastering its logo all across the Fox broadcast and using a play-button image behind home plate to create the illusion that the entire game was a YouTube video. Now, the streaming service is at it again, having..." March 26

  • Nets/Raptors game was stopped so referees could check if rim was level

    Pro Basketball Talk "Back in January, in a podcast discussion, J.J. Redick and Kyrie Irving got into a discussion about how the rim was crooked during the teams’ game in London. Was this all in Redick’s head, or is he so in tune and sensitive that he could pick up on even a minor variance in the rim that nobody else..." March 25

  • D’Angelo Russell finally willing to work on other side of his game

    New York Post "The Nets bet big on D’Angelo Russell. They gave up their all-time leading scorer Brook Lopez, a first-round pick that became Kyle Kuzma and tons of cap space to carry Timofey Mozgov, all to land Russell. They’re banking on not just the player the 22-year-old guard is today, but what he’ll become..." March 20

  • Nets got everything they wanted from DeMarre Carroll

    New York Post "It’s a testament to DeMarre Carroll’s versatility that when the Nets’ frontcourt suffered injuries, the 6-foot-8, 215-pounder started at power forward and even helped at center. It’s a testament to his value that — now finally back at his natural small-forward position — he’s erupted with..." March 19

  • Jahlil Okafor’s second chance going as badly as first

    New York Post "So what’s up with Jahlil Okafor? Obviously not his playing time. And it doesn’t seem likely to go up anytime soon. Okafor racked up another DNP-Coach’s Decision on Tuesday, despite the absence of starter Jarrett Allen and the dominance of Toronto’s Jonas Valanciunas. Nets coach Kenny..." March 15

  • Nets ran out of options so Jahlil Okafor got a chance

    New York Post "How desperate was Kenny Atkinson on Sunday? He dug deep on the end of his bench and handed Jahlil Okafor his first action in a month. Okafor’s former team was battering the Nets, and the coach hoped the young big man could provide some size against Joel Embiid. In his first action since Feb...." March 12

  • Unwritten Rules No Longer Have A Place In The NBA

    Dime Magazine "Disrespect has become a punchline. It is the word chosen to describe acts done on the basketball court that are increasingly fun for NBA fans. A crossover, a stare down, a heat check three; all moves that can be described as disrespectful without being true to the exact definition of the..." March 06

  • This Caris LeVert breakthrough looks like the real thing

    New York Post "Caris LeVert looked on the verge of a breakthrough earlier this season before repeated injuries robbed him of his form, and the Nets of their most dynamic reserve. But he’s showing signs of getting it back. With the starting backcourt of D’Angelo Russell and Spencer Dinwiddie struggling, and..." March 06

  • Spencer Dinwiddie leads NBA with 11 incorrect calls or non-calls against him

    Clutch Points "During this NBA season, there has been a narrative that a rift between the players and the referees exists and is widening. Both sides even held a meeting during All-Star weekend to address the issues. Tensions between referees and players have existed in some way for as long as anyone can..." March 05

  • Seattle ownership group wants NBA franchise after NHL expansion bid

    The Score "If the NHL decides to plant its 32nd team in Seattle, expect the ownership group in question to then vie for an NBA franchise. Oak View Group, the organization that has already submitted a $10-million payment to the NHL as part of its bid for an expansion franchise, wants it to be known they..." March 01

  • D’Angelo Russell showing again why the Nets traded for him

    New York Post "D’Angelo Russell is back in the lineup, and back in form. After missing two months following knee surgery, Russell has worked his way back into the Nets’ starting five. With just 20 games left — including Thursday’s game against the Kings — Brooklyn needs the budding young guard to keep..." March 01

  • 76ers Waive Trevor Booker To Sign Ersan Ilyasova

    Real GM Basketball "The Philadelphia 76ers will waive Trevor Booker to create a roster spot for Ersan Ilyasova. Booker was acquired by the 76ers as part of the Jahlil Okafor and Nik Stauskas trade." February 28

  • Adam Silver cautions NBA teams to protect integrity of game

    USA Today "A week after the NBA fined Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban $600,000 for his public admission of tanking, the race to the bottom has continued in full force. Entering Wednesday, just six games separate the last nine teams in the league — from the New York Knicks on down to the Atlanta Hawks...." February 28

  • Report: Only Andre Iguodala, Spencer Dinwiddie Attended Meeting With Referees

    SLAM Online "Just two NBA players reportedly attended the meeting between the players and referees during All-Star weekend. According to ESPN’s Sage Steele, only Andre Iguodala and Spencer Dinwiddie took some initiative. " February 28

  • What the 'Brooklyn pick' really means to the Cleveland Cavaliers

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Like "LeBron" or "Trump," the "Brooklyn pick" needs no introduction. It's its own thing, a pronoun, a symbol of both a tortured moment in the Cavs' recent past and hopefully for them a bridge to a bright future. And for the 10 to 12 talent evaluators working to help the Cavs determine who..." February 27

  • NBA Execs Believe Tanking Has Never Never Been More Widespread

    Real GM Basketball "Multiple NBA executives believe the current season features one of the most widespread tanking efforts the league has seen to date. The combination of lottery reform set to begin next year and a top-heavy draft class featuring five to seven prospects has created an atmosphere where eight teams..." February 27

  • Plodding Jahlil Okafor thinks he has place on fast-paced Nets

    New York Post "One problem for the 6-foot-11, 255-pound former No. 3 overall pick is simple: Jahlil Okafor is a 1990s power forward trapped in the 2018 NBA for the Nets. The Nets are reliant on fast-pace, 3-point shooting. Stretch fours and fives are the VIPs. Still, Okafor believes his style can fit. “I..." February 26

  • Michele Roberts: Cap smoothing was ‘disgraceful request’ by NBA

    Pro Basketball Talk "In 2016, new national TV contracts pushed the NBA’s salary cap from $70 million to $94.143 million – a larger jump than over the entire previous decade. Free agents cashed in majorly that summer. But now, the cap is leveling off. It went up to just $99.093 million last year and is projected to..." February 23

  • The NBA is having real discussions about a playoffs play-in tournament

    ESPN "Recent comments from NBA commissioner Adam Silver about tweaking the league's playoff format drew intense media coverage, but sources say there is also some behind-the-scenes momentum for the idea of a play-in tournament determining the last two seeds in each conference -- to the point that two..." February 22

  • Nets determined to make Russell-Dinwiddie pairing work

    New York Post "The Nets will pair D’Angelo Russell and Spencer Dinwiddie together more in the second half of the season. Now they have to figure out how they fit, and how the rest of the pieces fit around them. “Assuming his minutes go up, I’d certainly hope so,” Dinwiddie said. “Because if not then that..." February 22

  • ESPN’s NBA Countdown is moving to Bristol, then New York, while The Jump is expanding to a full hour

    Awful Announcing "With Michelle Beadle and Jalen Rose heading to the upcoming Get Up morning show with Mike Greenberg while retaining their NBA Countdown roles (at least for now), it was clear that the NBA studio show would be leaving Los Angeles. But we now have details on when and for where, with Ryan Glasspiegel..." February 21

  • NBA beats odds, sees gain in local ratings

    Sports Business Daily "The NBA continues to buck the television ratings trend, with both national and local viewership showing impressive gains as the league headed into the All-Star break. Nationally, NBA games on ABC, ESPN, NBA TV and TNT are showing double-digit viewership increases. The combined 15 percent jump..." February 20

  • Report: Mikhail Prokhorov backing lawsuit against Russian doping whistleblower

    Larry Brown Sports "The Russian government is still intent on attacking the credibility of the man who exposed the country’s elaborate doping program, and Brooklyn Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov is reportedly one of the people who is providing financial backing. According to a report from Tariq Panja of the New York..." February 20

  • Adam Silver after NBA All-Star success: 'Sounds like we're going to have a televised draft'

    USA Today "Toronto Raptors All-Star shooting guard DeMar DeRozan made the most vocal plea for televising the player draft immediately following Sunday’s All-Star Game. “Televise it,” he said. “Give the people what they want. I think everybody wants to see it. At the end of the day, every single person..." February 20

  • Jeremy Lin defends JJ Redick over perceived racial slur

    Larry Brown Sports "JJ Redick insists that he did not intentionally use a racial slur toward Chinese people when he took part in a recent video celebrating the Chinese New Year, and the first American-born Chinese player to ever play in the NBA believes him. Shortly after Redick issued an apology on Sunday, Jeremy..." February 19

  • Adam Silver: NBA still considering changing playoff format

    Sportsnaut "NBA Commissioner Adam Silver gave his version of the state of the league address during All-Star Weekend in Los Angeles on Saturday evening. The innovative commissioner touched on a ton of topics, including the Association considering drastically changing its playoff format. It was previously..." February 18

  • Dinwiddie outlasts Markkanen to win 2018 Skills Challenge

    Newsday "Spencer Dinwiddie kicked off NBA All-Star Saturday by winning the Skills Challenge in his hometown. Dinwiddie, who grew up nearby in the San Fernando Valley, said it was just a thrill to be in the competition in light of how far he’s had to come to get here. “It’s big for me to even be at..." February 18

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