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The Brooklyn Nets have traded Marquis Teague and a 2019 second-round draft pick to the Philadelphia 76ers for Casper Ware, the team announced today.

The team will waive Ware to bring their roster number down to 15, a source told The Brooklyn Game.

The second-round draft pick was one of the two draft picks the Nets acquired from the Milwaukee Bucks as the price to let Jason Kidd out of his contract.

Ware's contract is fully non-guaranteed, meaning the Nets have no obligations to pay him. With Ware and Teague gone, the Nets roster currently stands at 15 players.

The value in this deal is getting Teague, who has the worst player efficiency rating of any player who has played more than 82 games in NBA history, off their books, which allows them to keep any combination of their remaining non-guaranteed players. The Nets currently have three non-guaranteed players on their roster: guard Jorge Gutierrez, forward Cory Jefferson, and center Jerome Jordan.

Though they did have to get rid of a second-round pick to facilitate the deal, the Nets often buy second-round draft picks on draft night; they bought three second-rounders in the 2014 draft alone.

Teague, meanwhile, seems happy about the move:




Brooklyn Nets guard Joe Johnson visited an apartment in the DUMBO neighborhood in Brooklyn, and if he'd decided to take it, he would've been the first Nets player to actually live in the borough.

But Johnson, who currently lives in New Jersey, says that visit happened a long time ago, and he's got no plans to move right now.

"I’ve heard something about that," Johnson said with a slight smile. "I looked at a place a while ago. Obviously I didn’t find nothing, but I’m looking just in case."

The Nets anticipate a move to a new practice facility in Brooklyn for the 2015-2016 season, which would make it easier for the players to live in the borough. The team currently practices in Rutherford, New Jersey, not far from their old Izod Center home.

Johnson didn't rule out the possibility of moving in the future. "You never know."




Nets coach Lionel Hollins expects Brook Lopez back for opening day.

"He's doing fine," Hollins said about his center. "I think he'll be ready by opening day. That's my opinion, talking to him and what the doctors say."

Lopez has not been cleared for practice yet after suffering a mild midfoot sprain on his right foot, but spent time running on the Nets anti-gravity "AlterG" treadmill during practice, which allows runners to get a workout in while reducing stress pressure on the lower half of their body.

Hollins added that he'd prefer if Lopez could get a practice in before the season starts, but it wasn't a necessity. "If he's healthy, he'll play... I'd prefer (if he practiced), but if he doesn't, it doesn't matter."

Lopez averaged 20.7 points and 6.0 rebounds per game in 17 games prior to his foot injury last season, shooting a career-high 56 percent from the field.


The Brooklyn Nets have exercised their third-year options on center Mason Plumlee and Sergey Karasev, the team announced today, guaranteeing their contracts through the 2015-2016 season. the deadline to extend their contracts was October 31st.

Plumlee was a 22nd overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft who the team expected to play in the D-League for most of the season, but earned a rotation spot after injuries and became one of the league's most effective rookies, averaging 7.4 points and 4.4 points in 18.2 minutes per game and leading all rookies in player efficiency rating. He played on the USA Men's National Basketball Team over the summer.

The Nets acquired Karasev from the Cleveland Cavaliers in the trade that brought Jarrett Jack to Brooklyn and gave the Cavaliers enough cap room to sign LeBron James. He spent most of last season in the D-League.

The Nets now have until October 31st of next year to extend their contracts for a fourth year. They did not elect to extend guard Marquis Teague, who is under the same deadline, and it's expected that the team will trade him to the Philadelphia 76ers.




The Brooklyn Nets and Philadelphia 76ers are engaged in talks that would sent third-string point guard Marquis Teague to the 76ers, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports. The report adds that the Nets likely would receive nothing "of significance" in return for Teague, who they acquired from the Chicago Bulls on January 21st for Tornike Shengelia.

The 21-year-old Teague played in 21 games for the Nets in the 2013-14 season, averaging 3.0 points and 1.4 assists in 9.6 minutes per game, mostly in garbage time. His career player efficiency rating of 4.8 is the lowest in NBA history of any player that's played more than 82 games.

Teague's departure could signal that the Nets prefer Jorge Gutierrez as their third-string guard. Gutierrez is on a non-guaranteed contract and unloading Teague without adding a player would allow them to retain him along with Cory Jefferson and Jerome Jordan, who both played more in preseason than Gutierrez.

Nets waive Willie Reed

Posted on: October 23rd, 2014 by Devin Kharpertian Comments




The Brooklyn Nets have waived training camp invitee Willie Reed, the team announced today.

The Nets signed Reed to a training camp deal on September 25th, but Reed only played in two preseason games, scoring eight points and grabbing eight rebounds in preseason garbage time. He was not expected to make the team.

The Nets preseason roster now stands at 16, with three non-guaranteed players -- Jorge Gutierrez, Jerome Jordan, and Cory Jefferson -- vying for up to two spots. The Nets must cut their roster down before the October 29th opener against the Boston Celtics, and with no preseason games left before the season starts, decisions should come quickly.

The Nets also have until October 31st to pick up the 2015-2016 team options for Sergey Karasev, Mason Plumlee, and Marquis Teague.

Reed posted about the decision via his Instagram account thanking the Nets for the opportunity:
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Joe Johnson (AP)

Joe Johnson (AP)

Though the Brooklyn Nets have played at Barclays Center for the last two years, the team still practices in its facility in Rutherford, which has kept most of the team's roster and personnel in New Jersey and Manhattan. But according to the New York Post, Joe Johnson might buck that trend, looking at a two-bedroom condo in Brooklyn's DUMBO neighborhood:

Johnson looked at a $9,500-a-month two-bedroom unit — which sports 11-foot-high ceilings and hardwood flooring — at the Clocktower Building in DUMBO.

The gourmet kitchen features a Sub-Zero fridge, Thermador oven and Bosch dishwasher.

The building, at 1 Main St., is where Anne Hathaway just sold her $4.25 million, 2,592-square-foot unit. Johnson’s broker, Jon Epstein of Corcoran, declined to comment.

There are three yoga studious within walking distance of 1 Main St., which could tip the scales for Johnson, who has long been the Nets player who would adjust best to Brooklyn.

New York Post -- Joe Johnson has Brooklyn on the mind


Lionel Hollins

Lionel Hollins (AP)

The NBA runs an "Annual GM Survey" before each season, anonymously polling the league's 30 general managers to get a sense of what the people that run the teams think about their league. For example, 46.2 percent of GM's think the San Antonio Spurs are due for their first repeat title ever, while 15.4 percent think that LeBron James will finally bring a title home to Cleveland.

But after featuring prominently in the list last season thanks to some major offseason moves, the Brooklyn Nets have taken a step back from the spotlight this year.

GM's were not allowed to vote for their own team or personnel, so all Nets votes didn't come from within the organization.

Here's what the league thinks of the Nets:
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On Sunday night, the Boston Celtics abused the Brooklyn Nets on the glass, collectively out-rebounding them 50-42, with only a late push closing that gap within single digits.

After the game, Lionel Hollins admonished his team for a lack of toughness. "You gotta hit first," Hollins said about his team's issues on the inside, with center Mason Plumlee his key target.

He acknowledged that Plumlee "didn't play poorly," but also said that "we need... a primary rebounder, and with (Brook Lopez and Kevin Garnett) out, I was hoping he would come out and show a big splash on the glass." Plumlee finished with just four rebounds in 21 minutes, one fewer than Joe Johnson.

Plumlee responded in a big way, grabbing 17 rebounds against the assorted collection of human men contractually obligated to wear a Philadelphia 76ers uniform. But can he keep it going?

History says: probably not.
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For the third consecutive year, Ian Eagle joins The Brooklyn Game for a very special preseason podcast, catching up on all things Nets and Birdman.

Topics of conversation include: the Brooklyn Nets & the Eastern Conference landscape, the storylines in this upcoming Nets season, how Eagle actually got the job as the TV voice of the Nets (and how it involved a diner at 5:30 in the morning), Kevin Garnett's future, and more. At the end, I continue an annual tradition: asking him what he hates most about his color commentators. This year, it's Jim Spanarkel's turn.

Listen above, or download here by clicking the link and selecting "Save Link As..."


Deron Williams


Deron Williams, Brook Lopez, Kevin Garnett, and Markel Brown will all miss the Brooklyn Nets preseason finale Wednesday night against the Boston Celtics, the team announced today. Williams will stay home just to rest, while Brown & Garnett fight a stomach virus and Lopez a midfoot sprain.

Williams had played in all five preseason games up to this point. Lopez suffered the injury to his foot during the team's preseason game in Beijing, while Garnett & Brown haven't played since the team returned from China.

Lopez's status for opening night against the Celtics on October 29th is unclear. The other three are expected to play.