October 21, 2020, 10:11 amKyrie IrvingPG, Brooklyn Nets
Appearing on Kevin Durant’s podcast, Kyrie Irving said that he’s healthy and ready to go after shoulder surgery that ended his season last year after just 20 appearances.
This is great news and Nets fans can’t wait to see the two superstars get back on the floor. Kyrie’s numbers have always been good and he has been a fantasy stud the last few years but the main issue with him has been health. He looks ready to bounce back from his shoulder injury and hopefully he will be able to perform at a high level once the next season begins.
Source: NY Post
October 14, 2020, 11:45 amJoe HarrisSF, Brooklyn Nets
Sharpshooting guard Joe Harris and Heat wing Jae Crowder may be among the free agents the Bucks will target with their mid-level exception this offseason, according to Eric Nehm of The Athletic.
The Bucks are aiming to upgrade the roster as back-to-back NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo is about to enter the final year of his contract. The Nets have made it pretty clear they intend to re-sign Harris and the Heat have an interest in holding on to Crowder but it’s up in the air as to what really happens in free agency. Josh Jackson and Glenn Robinson III are some other possibilities who fit the scouting report of players the Bucks will be targeting, while GM Jon Horst is expected to pursue several trades. Look for a busy offseason for Milwaukee and more rumors to follow in the upcoming weeks.
Source: The Athletic
September 29, 2020, 9:33 amJoe HarrisSF, Brooklyn Nets
Joe Harris wants to return to Brooklyn and the Nets have made it clear that he is their top priority in the offseason, but he’s expected to have plenty of suitors.
Harris said back in February that his preference was to re-sign with the Nets in order to play with Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, and has steadfastly maintained the same position up until now. Brooklyn has already committed $132 million to a dozen players for next season, not including Harris or a $5 million team option on Garrett Temple. Ex-Nets assistant GM Bobby Marks recently mentioned that if Harris got a starting salary of $12.2 million, the Nets could face a $50 million luxury tax. The Knicks, the Hawks, the Hornets and the Wolves could try to lure away the talented sharpshooter, while there have been rumors of Harris sign-and-trades, with capped-out teams like the Sixers or the Warriors. One things is for sure, Harris should maintain a similar role going forward whether he re-signs with the Nets or not.
Source: NY Post
September 16, 2020, 10:24 amTyler JohnsonPG-SG, Brooklyn Nets
Tyler Johnson played so well for the Nets that he may have earned himself another hefty pay day, but the team will only be able to add free agents by offering veteran’s minimum contracts, making his stay in Brooklyn a long shot.
Johnson played very well since joining the Nets and he was one of the more efficient players in the Orlando bubble for Brooklyn, averaging 12.0 points, 3.0 assists and 3.0 rebounds, while playing scrappy defense and shooting a career-best 39 percent from downtown. The Nets though are capped out, having already $139 million in committed salaries for next season, and that doesn’t include Joe Harris who is a free agent. Johnson is still just 28 and he should be able to generate plenty of interest around the league, but unless he takes a pay cut it looks like he won’t be returning to the Nets.
Source: NY Daily News
September 15, 2020, 10:54 amCaris LeVertPG-SG, Brooklyn Nets
Kevin Durant recently praised Caris LeVert, saying that the 26-year-old wing could complement himself and Kyrie Irving as the third star of the Nets.
“I think Caris is that perfect guy for us to, any given night he can lead us in scoring or lead us in assists or he can control the offense or we can go to him in the post in a matchup,” said KD appearing on a podcast with Ian Begley of SNY. Levert averaged 18.7 points and 4.2 rebounds last season, finishing the season strong and leading the Nets to the playoffs. And even though this is an impressive endorsement from KD, it’s likely that the Nets explore a trade for the young guard in the offseason in their effort to add a top name next to Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving.
September 3, 2020, 9:50 amKevin DurantSF, Brooklyn Nets
Adrian Wojnarowski reports the Brooklyn Nets have hired Steve Nash as their next head coach.
The Hall of Fame point guard has no prior coaching experience at this level, making this announcement a surprise to most. Nash will sign a four-year deal and will be at the helm of one of the most scrutinized franchises next season. Interim head coach Jacque Vaugn was considered for the position and will remain on Nash's staff.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
September 2, 2020, 9:09 amKyrie IrvingPG, Brooklyn Nets
The Nets have interviewed interim man Jacque Vaughn for their head coaching vacancy, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.
Vaughn took over for Kenny Atkinson, who the Nets fired in March, and compiled a 7-3 record to finish the regular season before the Nets were swept by the Raptors in the first round of the playoffs. He undoubtedly did a great job with a depleted roster and the Nets appear to want him back with the franchise in some capacity whether or not he gets the head coaching job. Nets GM Sean Marks is leading a thorough coaching search for the franchise in consultation with both Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant and we should hear a lot more names before any decision is finalized.
Source: The Athletic
August 26, 2020, 9:07 amJamal CrawfordSG, Brooklyn Nets
Jamal Crawford hopes to be back for a full season at age 40 whenever next season starts, according to Marc Stein of the New York Times.
Crawford finally found a home this season in the replacement-filled Brooklyn Nets roster for the NBA restart in Orlando. He played six minutes, scored five points, but then was out with a hamstring injury. Kevin Durant strongly suggested in a recent interview that he would relish seeing Crawford return to the Nets and hopefully the veteran guard can remain healthy and provide scoring help off the bench for Brooklyn in the next season.
Source: NY Times
August 25, 2020, 2:03 pmKevin DurantSF, Brooklyn Nets
Kevin Durant (right Achilles) revealed that he's been playing 3-on-3 four times a week for the last three months.
There was some speculation that Durant might be able to return in the bubble but the Nets rightfully announced that KD would not be returning to the 2020-21 season. He's been looking to play more 5-on-5 but the realities of the pandemic and the bubble setup have made it hard to get 10 guys in the gym on a regular basis. Durant does seem to be in a great place after his injury, and the long layoff may limit the amount of restrictions he faces when next season tips off.
Source: Billy Reinhardt on Twitter
August 23, 2020, 9:55 pmTimothe Luwawu-CabarrotSG, Brooklyn Nets
Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot could not buy a bucket on Sunday, going 2-for-12 from the field to end the night with 11 points, three rebounds, two 3s, one assist and two steals in 27 minutes.
TLC did manage to make all five of his shots from the line, which of course, was not much of a consolation for his dismal performance from the field. He's not going to be able to see much burn in 2020-21, with the likes of Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant eating up all the touches and usage.
August 23, 2020, 9:47 pmJarrett AllenC, Brooklyn Nets
Jarrett Allen quietly put up just eight points on 3-of-5 shooting but was active on the glass for 15 rebounds and was able to block two shots in Sunday's blowout loss to the Raptors.
Allen logged just 25 minutes in this one as the Raptors ran away with the game early on. Clearly, Allen still has a lot to work on as far as defense is concerned as Serge Ibaka had his way vs. the Nets with 27 & 15. Consider this playoff stint another learning experience and hopefully the young big man can parlay it into an improved game in 2020-21.
August 23, 2020, 9:41 pmCaris LeVertPG-SG, Brooklyn Nets
Caris LeVert was lights out from deep on Sunday, making 6-of-9 shots from downtown en route to his game-high 35 points (11-of-23 FG, 7-of-10 FT), adding six rebounds, six assists and two steals.
It was not the finale the Nets were hoping to see, but fantasyheads have something to look forward to next season in a greatly improved game from LeVert. He will, however, be playing alongside Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, so temper your expectations accordingly.
August 21, 2020, 4:26 pmChris ChiozzaPG, Brooklyn Nets
Chris Chiozza was a bright spot for the Nets in Friday's Game 3 loss, scoring 14 points and racking up three assists, four steals and three 3-pointers in 23 minutes off the bench.
Chiozza had some beautiful dimes and was throwing in some great ball-fakes. He did a solid job running the offense and generated a lot of good looks — unfortunately the Nets hit just 30-of-90 from the field and 16-of-51 from deep, turning Chiozza's work into rebounds. We'll see if this strong outing leads to rotation changes in Game 4, as the Nets have struggled to create much against Toronto's defense so far.
August 21, 2020, 4:21 pmTimothe Luwawu-CabarrotSG, Brooklyn Nets
The good times appear to be over for Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot, who went 3-for-18 from the field in Friday's Game 3 loss.
Luwawu-Cabarrot scored 26 and 17 points in the first two games, shooting 9-of-13 and 6-for-16 in the process, but today the bottom simply fell out. The Raptors concede lots of threes but close out hard and are willing to live with unproven shooters taking them, and their bet on TLC has paid off. He went 2-for-11 from deep in this one and finished with 10 points, three rebounds and three steals in 35 minutes. Luwawu-Cabarrot has been a pleasant surprise in the bubble and will look to end his season on a more positive note over the next game or two. Him leading the Nets in shots probably isn't going to be part of the gameplan again. Garrett Temple was also ineffective with five points on 2-of-12 shooting, including 1-of-9 from deep.
August 21, 2020, 4:17 pmCaris LeVertPG-SG, Brooklyn Nets
Caris LeVert was once again the focus of the Raptors' defense in Friday's Game 3, shooting 6-of-14 from the field en route to 15 points, four rebounds, six assists, two steals and a 3-pointer.
LeVert is basically a one-man show on offense with the guys Brooklyn has left available but it's been a very tough road. Toronto has thrown body after body his direction and is daring him to pass to his teammates rather than fight through multiple waves of defenders to get his own shots. To LeVert's credit, he's been making most of the right reads, but his teammates aren't holding up their end of the bargain. LeVert will try to extend his season in Sunday's Game 4.