July 6, 2020, 11:23 pmKyrie IrvingPG, Brooklyn Nets
Kyrie Irving's 2019-20 was marred by injuries, limiting him to play just 20 games, but the guard still impressed based on per-game averages, ending the season ranked 6/5 in 8/9-cat scoring formats.
Irving came into 2019-20 with chip on his shoulder, failing to deliver as a leader for the Celtics, both on and off the court. Unfortunately, a myriad of injuries kept him on the sidelines for majority of the season. Out of all them, it was his nagging right shoulder injury that was his biggest bane. It even forced him to undergo season-ending arthroscopic surgery to address it. That said, expect that aforementioned chip on his shoulder to still be there next season. We should see more of his improved production from 2019-20 with averages of 27.8 PPG, 2.8 3PG, 5.2 RPG and 6.4 APG on a new career-high shooting of 47.8 percent from the field. Both he and Kevin Durant will be big question marks for the 2020-21, especially when it comes to their health history.
July 6, 2020, 9:36 pmCaris LeVertPG-SG, Brooklyn Nets
Caris LeVert finished the year averaging 17.7 points, 1.8 3s, 4.1 rebounds, 4.1 assists, 1.1 steals and 0.2 blocks for 132/182 value in 8/9-cat leagues on a per-game basis.
LeVert had injury troubles as well this year (a common theme for the Nets) but he was able to cap off his season with a strong run as one of their primary playmakers. The counting stats are there, but the efficiency wasn't, but that's usually the case with players returning from injury. It's hard to see him keeping up the development as long as Kyrie Irving and Spencer Dinwiddie handle the ball, but with the resumption throwing things off the rails, we might see some big LeVert games this summer.
July 6, 2020, 9:31 pmChris ChiozzaPG, Brooklyn Nets
Chris Chiozza averaged 4.0 points, 0.9 3s, 1.7 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 0.7 steals in 21 games for 306/307 value in 8/9-cat leagues on a per-game basis.
Chiozza was looked over during the draft due to his size, but he has all the intangibles needed to run the point. He's accurate from deep (.435 career 3-point shooter) and has the court vision and passing ability to keep the boat afloat while he's in. If Spencer Dinwiddie and Kyrie Irving don't return to action, Chiozza should see a nice uptick in his assist numbers, but the signing of Tyler Johnson makes that future a bit murky.
June 30, 2020, 12:14 pmKyrie IrvingPG, Brooklyn Nets
The Nets have re-opened their practice facility on Tuesday following the recent positive coronavirus tests for Spencer Dinwiddie and DeAndre Jordan.
Jordan won't be joining the team in the Orlando bubble, but Dinwiddie's status is still up in the air. The remaining Nets players will start to gear up for the resumption of the season, where they currently have a six-game lead over the ninth-seeded Wizards.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
June 16, 2020, 11:22 pmAvery BradleySG, Los Angeles Lakers
Avery Bradley, who is the head of the Players Coalition currently working to spotlight the importance of social injustice and police brutality using the NBA's platform, said on Tuesday that he is 'eager to hear' how the league office, ownership, and sponsors will fulfill their societal responsibilities regarding those issues upon returning to play next month.
Bradley and the Coalition, co-led by Kyrie Irving of the Nets, have a number of priorities that they have apparently made clear to the league and executives (and ESPN, apparently). Some of those include, as laid out Tuesday by Adrian Wojnarowski and Malika Andrews of ESPN, "improved hiring practices for black front-office and head-coaching candidates, donations to organizations serving black communities, partnerships with black-owned businesses and arena vendors, and making it so the league's management better reflects its composition of players." Bradley, Irving, Dwight Howard and a number of other players feel that the issues facing the African-American community (and the world as a whole, for that matter) are far too important and basketball should be placed on the back-burner until some improvements in legislation and police reform are put in place. They have a good point ethically, but not all players are in agreement as far as the Orlando-restart is concerned, and basketball fans and players are starving for on-court action. Bradley and (especially) Irving have been increasingly vocal over the past week and don't seem to be changing their stances anytime soon. Once again, regardless of the reason why, Kyrie Irving has become a prominent topic of discussion publicly – and he only suited up for 20 games this season. It was even reported on Tuesday that he proposed starting a new league in a group chat with teammates. This situation should only get more interesting. Expect Adam Silver to handle it with class and come to some sort of agreement with Bradley, Irving, and the other members of the Players Coalition in a concerted effort to combat racial injustices that continue to prevail throughout the country using the NBA's platform.
June 16, 2020, 9:20 pmKyrie IrvingPG, Brooklyn Nets
Commissioner Adam Silver has informed all 30 teams on Tuesday that upon the league restart next month, a central goal for the NBA will be to utilize their platform to accentuate the issues of racial inequality and police brutality that are currently crippling the United States.
In Silver's own words, "A central goal of our season restart will be to utilize the NBA's platform to bring attention and sustained action to issues of social injustice…" We should expect nothing less from Silver at this point, as he has handled nearly every conundrum the league has faced during his (short) tenure as commissioner with complete class, kindness, effectiveness, and professionalism. All that being said, this is likely a bit of a response to the recent question marks brought forth by various players such as Kyrie Irving, Dwight Howard and Avery Bradley regarding the league's plan to return to play amid a tumultuous global climate. It would be wise to expect Irving to issue some sort of "double-down" statement in response within the week. On Tuesday, he reportedly proposed starting a new league in a group chat with some teammates. Grab your popcorn.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter
June 16, 2020, 8:39 pmKyrie IrvingPG, Brooklyn Nets
Kyrie Irving, who has been extremely vocal in his opposition to restarting the NBA, largely due to the police brutality/social injustice movements but also due to the ongoing pandemic, reportedly proposed a 'new league' in a group chat with teammates on Tuesday, according to Stefan Bondy of the NY Daily News.
Avery Bradley heads the Players Coalition and has been working closely with Irving in the fight for social justice and police reform. Both the Nets and the Lakers are set to take the court when the league resumes in Orlando next month. It will be fascinating to find out how players like Irving decide to proceed, as a decision for each player must be made by June 24.
Source: Stefan Bondy on Twitter
June 12, 2020, 2:27 pmKyrie IrvingPG, Brooklyn Nets
Chris Haynes is reporting that are a "significant number of players disappointed their voice wasn’t heard" in the discussions to restart the season.
Moreover, Haynes adds that some players don't like the optics of a majority Black league sequestering in a potentially unsafe environment for the sake of entertainment and making money for the NBA given the positive momentum of the push for racial justice. While the league continues to say player safety is a top priority, make no mistake — the league's higher-ups are trying to keep the revenue flowing. One Black player told Haynes, "We’re out here marching and protesting, and yet we all leave our families in these scary times and gather to perform at a place where the owners won’t be at? What type of sense does that make? We’ll be going backwards. That place isn’t that magical." Kyrie Irving, an NBAPA rep, has organized a call with players on Friday to discuss the situation, with Haynes reporting that Irving believes not returning to play should be considered. It's a highly complex issue and a reminder that even though the league has decided some of the formalities of a return, there's still a very long way to go, especially until the league provides more information on how the "bubble" will operate.
Source: Yahoo Sports
June 5, 2020, 10:31 pmKyrie IrvingPG, Brooklyn Nets
According to Adrian Wojnarowski, Kyrie Irving (right shoulder) could conceivably join his Nets' teammates in Orlando when they return to play later this summer, albeit as an inactive player.
There was really never much of a possibility that Irving would return to action in 2019-20 unless the season got pushed back severely. After the arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder in late February, the Nets tentatively said they expected to have him back in time for preseason workouts in the fall (which will now likely take place in November or later). That still seems like the likely scenario, even given the long pause the league was forced to undergo. Caris LeVert had shown flashes of brilliance again this season after he returned from injury, so he and Spencer Dinwiddie will evidently be shouldering the ball-handling duties when the Nets take the floor in Orlando.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowksi on Twitter
May 24, 2020, 9:20 pmKyrie IrvingPG, Brooklyn Nets
Following Governor Andrew Cuomo's greenlight from earlier on Sunday, the Nets will reopen their practice facilities on Tuesday.
The team will open its doors to voluntary player workouts. The team's statement went on to elaborate that they would strictly follow NBA and infectious disease expert protocols as they resume activities. It's another small step in the right direction as the NBA continues its climb towards trying to play actual games.
Source: Malika Andrews on Twitter
May 21, 2020, 5:17 pmBradley BealSG, Washington Wizards
According to Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News, the Nets have had internal discussions for Bradley Beal of the Wizards.
If the Nets were to add Beal, they would likely have to give up Caris LeVert and/or Spencer Dinwiddie to have the salaries match. The Nets would add Beal to an already dominant duo in Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, which would appear to elevate them in the race to the top in the East. However, from a fantasy perspective, this move would likely lower Beal's ceiling as there would be less usage for him playing alongside two superstars.
Source: NY Daily News
March 7, 2020, 9:42 amKyrie IrvingPG, Brooklyn Nets
Kenny Atkinson and the Nets have mutually agreed to part ways.
A Saturday morning shocker that comes out of nowhere as the Nets are currently sitting in the 7th seed in Atkinson's fourth year as head coach. The Nets improved in each of the prior three seasons under Atkinson and finished two games over .500 last season although they did regress a little this year, currently sitting at six games under .500. He has been been praised as a strong player developmental coach that communicates well with his team so he should field some calls from other clubs. Jacque Vaughn is expected to serve as the head coach for the remainder of the season.
Source: Ian Begley on Twitter
March 3, 2020, 1:26 pmKyrie IrvingPG, Brooklyn Nets
Kyrie Irving underwent successful arthroscopic surgery on Tuesday and will miss the remainder of the season.
It was announced that Irving would miss the season a few weeks back, so there aren't any fantasy implications from this procedure. Irving is hoping to be fully healed for offseason workouts in preparation to return alongside Kevin Durant for the 2020-21 season.
Source: Chris Haynes on Twitter
February 21, 2020, 12:02 amSpencer DinwiddiePG, Brooklyn Nets
Spencer Dinwiddie scored 22 points to go along with eight assists in 37 minutes on Thursday night.
Dinwiddie is going to have to lead this team now that we've confirmed that Kyrie Irving will miss the rest of the campaign. He's going to be a decent scorer and a good source of assists and triples, but be wary of shooting struggles with the volume he is going to get.
February 20, 2020, 6:02 pmKyrie IrvingPG, Brooklyn Nets
Kyrie Irving will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder and miss the rest of the season.
Irving was trying to treat his ailing shoulder to avoid missing the rest of the year, but ultimately could not stave off the procedure. He can be dropped in all redraft formats while Spencer Dinwiddie and Caris LeVert are the big winners. Irving should be ready for next season, when the Nets will try and put together a title run behind Kyrie and Kevin Durant. GM Sean Marks said that Irving is expected to be ready for summer workouts.
Source: Stefan Bondy on Twitter