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Mason Plumlee, Elliot Williams, Michael Carter-Williams, Arnett Moultrie

Mason Plumlee (AP)

Brooklyn Nets center Mason Plumlee has been bumped up from the US Select Team to practice with the US National Team, Jerry Colangelo said during the team's practice today.
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Barclays Center

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Five restaurant workers at Barclays Center have filed a lawsuit against Levy Restaurants, who provide food at catering services at Barclays Center, for "Racial and Disability Discrimination" in the workplace.
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Billy King, Deron Williams

Billy King, Deron Williams (AP)

Billy King is best known today as the general manager of the Brooklyn Nets, the man that engineered the "win-now" trades that developed the Brooklyn Nets from a laughingstock in the standings to a playoff team with an absurd luxury tax commitment.

But long before he doled out draft picks for aging stars in the hopes of immediate contention, King was a pretty good basketball player too.... MORE →

 

Kyle Korver, Jared Sullinger

Kyle Korver (AP)

An incredible profile of Atlanta Hawks sharpshooter Kyle Korver by Zach Lowe of Grantland begins with Korver's humble NBA beginnings, as a 51st overall pick by the New Jersey Nets in the 2003 NBA Draft. The Nets were unenthused with Korver and already had an off-the-bench shooter in Lucious Harris, so they sold him to the Philadelphia 76ers.

How did that move pan out?
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The above showcases new Brooklyn Nets forward Bojan Bogdanovic at his introductory press conference at the team's practice facility in Rutherford, New Jersey. Bogdanovic briefly discusses his trek to the NBA, his new role with the team, and what he expects to bring to Brooklyn.

In 51 Euroleague and non-Euroleague games with Fenerbahce Ulker, Bogdanovic averaged 15.8 points, 2.6 rebounds, and 2.6 assists per game, according to Euroleague's official tallies. He was Fenerbahce's leading scorer.

"I am a shooter, but...last year I improved a lot with my game with the ball, pick-and-roll," Bogdanovic said. "I think that I'm good enough one-on-one, and I think that I'm ready."

But is that true? To figure it out, The Brooklyn Game gained access to the in-depth numbers provided by Synergy Sports Technology.
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Jack has worn #1 throughout most of his career, wearing #2 for one season with the New Orleans Hornets (now Pelicans) and one season with the Golden State Warriors. #1's been taken by Mason Plumlee, and #2 belongs to Kevin Garnett, so chances are he'll have to come up with a new number.

Though Garnett will probably stick with #2, he could decide to buy #1 from Plumlee. Players buying jersey numbers isn't uncommon. Here's a piece from Lee Jenkins in 2005 on that subject. The going price tends to be $20,000-$40,000 in cash or goods.

But if Jack, who's making $6.3 million this season, wants to save the cash, he'll have to go somewhere new. He wore #3 at Georgie Tech, but that's been retired for Nets great Drazen Petrovic.

What number do you think Jack should wear?

 

Kevin Garnett

Could Kevin Garnett stick around for more than just next year? (AP)

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Markel Brown

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The above is five minutes of highlights, average-lights, and general on-court awareness from new Brooklyn Nets forward Bojan Bogdanovic against the Oklahoma City Thunder, who the Nets selected with the first pick of the second round in the 2010 NBA draft. This isn't an NBA game -- it was a part of the NBA's Global Games initiative in the 2013-14 preseason -- but it was nonetheless a chance for Bogdanovic to showcase his NBA-level skills against real competition.

There's a lot of good to see in here. Bogdanovic scores in a few different ways, throws a beautiful one-handed, 70-foot pass that hits the target perfectly, backs down Jeremy Lamb and hits a nice floater (negated by an early whistle), and generally looks like he belongs amongst the trees. There's a couple of moments where he passes up hitting an open teammate, but in an exhibition where he's the best player on the floor against an NBA team, you can't really blame him for going for his own shot.

Besides, Bogdanovic's bullheadedness led to the inarguable highlight of the video, when he pulls up off the dribble and nails a three right in Kevin Durant's face. The full play begins around 2:50.

Though the Thunder won 95-82, Bogdanovic led all scorers not named Durant with 19 points on 4-10 shooting. All of his baskets came from behind the arc (4-8 from deep), he hit seven of eight free throws (he shot 81% from the line in all Euroleague phases last season), and he added four rebounds to only one turnover.

 

The Brooklyn Nets have officially signed Bojan Bogdanovic to a three-year contract using their taxpayer mid-level exception, the team announced today.

The team originally drafted Bogdanovic 31st overall (the top pick in the second round) in the 2011 NBA draft, acquiring him in a draft-day trade. He's played overseas ever since, even after it appeared imminent that the team would sign him last offseason before they signed Andrei Kirilenko to a two-year contract.

“Having drafted Bojan in 2011, it is rewarding to finally welcome him to the Nets,” Nets general manager Billy King said in a prepared statement. “We obviously have a high regard for his game, and we are glad he will now bring that talent to Brooklyn.”

King said earlier this month that he'd discussed how Bogdanovic would be best utilized with Lionel Hollins during the team's interview process with their new head coach.

Bogdanovic's contract will cost the Nets about $10.1 million over three years. Given their current roster construction, his contract will cost roughly $10 million additional this season in luxury tax payments.