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The Brooklyn Nets will hold pre-draft workouts for a number of second-round prospects on June 24th and 25th at their practice facility in East Rutherford, NJ, the team announced today. Nets GM Billy King will talk to the media after the second workout.

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Stay or Go: Andray Blatche

Posted on: June 3rd, 2014 by Max Weisberg Comments

 

Mike Miller, Andray Blatche

Andray Blatche (AP)

In a new series, we at The Brooklyn Game examine the players on this Nets roster that have a decision to make -- and what the Nets can do. Today's look is at Andray Blatche.

What the Nets can offer Andray Blatche:
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Stay or Go: Alan Anderson

Posted on: May 30th, 2014 by Max Weisberg Comments

 

Alan Anderson, Ray Allen

Alan Anderson (AP)

In this series "Stay or Go", we at The Brooklyn Game examine the players on this Nets roster that have a decision to make -- and what the Nets can do. Today's look is at Alan Anderson.

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Ivan Johnson (AP)

GM Billy King and the Nets will hold workouts starting on Monday, June 2nd for 32 free agents, the team announced today. The workouts will last until June 4th and will be held at the team's training facility in New Jersey. The 32 free agents will be divided into two groups; a morning session and an afternoon session.

There will be ten players who have previously played in the NBA with the most notable being Donte Greene, Kim English, Ivan Johnson, Malcom Lee, DeAndre Liggins, Scott Machado, and Lance Thomas. Two years ago, the Nets tried to sign Greene to a contract before he injured his ankle in a workout. They also inquired about Johnson earlier this year.

It's likely that the Nets will invite a number of these free agents to their summer league in Orlando starting in early July. Currently, it appears as though there are just three players who will be on the summer league roster: Mason Plumlee, Marquis Teague and Jorge Gutierrez.

 

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The scope of the NBA shifted when the Miami Heat's "Big 3" of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh joined forces in the summer of 2010. Since that summer, they're the only team that has gotten out of the Eastern Conference and into the NBA Finals (although the Pacers are currently giving it their best shot).

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Deron Williams (AP)

Deron Williams (AP)

Nets point guard Deron Williams will undergo surgery on both ankles on Tuesday, May 27th, the team announced today. The surgery will be preformed by Nets foot and ankle specialist, Dr. Martin O'Malley.

Per Dr. O'Malley:
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Jorge Gutierrez: 15 G, 2 GS, 16.3 MPG, 4.1 PPG, 1.5 RPG, 2.0 APG, 0.67 SPG, 0.07 BPG, .463 FG% .250 3P%, .750 FT%, 8.76 PER, -0.3 EWA

Jorge Gutierrez

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grade-cJorge Gutierrez began preseason at Duke University at Nets training camp, knowing full well he had no shot of making the regular season roster with 15 players already under contract.

After a strong preseason, the Nets let him go. After 35 games with the Canton Charge of the NBA D-League, he was called up by the Nets on March 6th. (Memo to undrafted rookies: that's why you go to training camp.)

He signed two 10-day contracts with Brooklyn, and his solid play in garbage time earned him a non-guaranteed two-year contract.

Gutierrez plays smart and with a chip on his shoulder. He beat out the younger Marquis Teague for the team’s backup point guard role for a stretch in the second half of the season. He also became the fourth Mexican-American player in NBA history.

Though he needs to become a better shooter, Jorge Gutierrez exhibited a high basketball IQ and aggressive defensive style that Jason Kidd became fond of. His most memorable moment came when he earned himself an ejection and $15,000 fine for this hard foul on Bobcats forward Cody Zeller. If he makes training camp next season, it wouldn't shock me to see him make the 15-man roster.

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Marquis Teague (with BKN): 21 G, 1 GS, 9.6 MPG, 3.0 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 1.4 APG, 0.38 SPG, 0.05 BPG, .415 FG% .375 3P%, .789 FT%, 8.5 PER

Marquis Teague

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grade-d-minusMarquis Teague is in the NBA because he's 21 years old.

After coming over in a trade from the Bulls for Tornike Shengelia in late January, Teague played just 200 minutes for the Nets this season, almost all of them in garbage time.

After having his confidence shattered in Chicago under the militant Tom Thibodeau, I thought a move to Brooklyn under coach Kidd could bring out the best in the former 29th overall pick in the 2012 draft. It hasn’t quite panned out.

His most memorable moment in the NBA thus far? Getting crossed up by his older brother Jeff, followed by getting taunted by Paul Pierce for being "the ugliest brothers in the league... by FAR. BY FAR."

Marquis Teague lacks basic NBA skills: passing, creating off the dribble, defensive awareness, and especially shooting. He’s under contract for $1.1 million next season and barring a trade, I’d expect him to spend the majority of next season in the D-League.

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Alan Anderson: 78 G, 26 GS, 22.7 MPG, 7.2 PPG, 2.2 RPG, 1.0 APG, 0.62 SPG, 0.14 BPG, .400 FG% .339 3P%, .780 FT%, 9.50 PER, -0.9 EWA

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grade-b-minus"Alan Anderson needs to shoot more" - Alan Anderson.

Okay, that's not a real quote. But you'd believe it, right? Such were the jokes at the expense of Alan Anderson’s wild and perplexing shot selection this season. Anderson was one of 21 players in the league to shoot less than 34% from three despite taking three or more attempts per game.

I’ve always thought of Anderson as two players: there was Alan Anderson the role player, taking open corner threes and driving to the hoop when an open lane appeared. This Alan Anderson was the good Alan Anderson. Then there was the Alan Anderson who thought he was Kobe Bryant -- taking wild, fade-away, contested, mid-range jumpers.

But no matter how frustrating or pleasing Anderson was this season, he exceeded his minuscule expectations as the 15th man on a team that was supposed to contend for a title.

When injuries hit early, Anderson answered the bell: he filled in admirably as a wing defender capable of knocking down an open shot, and clung onto his rotation spot as the season moved along.

Nobody expected the 31-year old journeyman to play in 78 games -- 22.7 minutes per game -- and eventually start two playoff games for the most expensive roster in NBA history. Give him credit for that.

MUST-READ: Alan Anderson Start Key To Game 6 Win

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If you couldnt bear to watch, and like your agony served in a just-the-facts form:

- LeBron James missed a free throw.

- The Nets called timeout.

- They inbounded the ball with 9.5 seconds left.

- Joe Johnson got the ball and passed it to Paul Pierce.

- LeBron James slapped Pierce's hand to cause the ball to go out of bounds.

- The referees reviewed it and stuck with the call on the floor which was Brooklyn's ball.

- The Nets inbounded once more and tried to get the ball to Joe Johnson in the crowded strong-side corner.

- The Heat slapped the ball out of Johnson's hands and the Nets had to inbound again with 4.4 seconds left.

- On the third and final inbound, Joe Johnson received the ball on the left wing guarded by LeBron James.

- Johnson tried his herky-jerky drive to the rim only to have the ball slapped out of his hands by Ray Allen at the top of the circle and then again by James as time expired and the Nets season officially came to a close.

In summary, the Nets had three inbound chances in 9.5 seconds and failed to get a shot off on any of them.

So that's the play-by-play. The other option? I can show you a video of me puking uncontrollably with each passing inbound play only to culminate in me collapsing to the floor once the final buzzer sounded.

We'll stick with option one for the sake of humanity though.

 

 

LeBron James, Deron Williams

Deron Williams struggled vs. the Heat in Game 2. (AP)

On Thursday night, Brooklyn Nets point guard Deron Williams couldn't handle the Miami Heat's defensive pressure. Williams had one of his worst games ever: he went scoreless in 37 minutes, marking the first time in his career he's ever been held scoreless in 60 playoff games.

The Heat and the Nets play similar styles of defense: each team uses their small-ball, long-ball lineups to force turnovers in pick-and-roll situations by trapping or blitzing the ballhandler, forcing opponents to make quick decisions.

So what exactly went wrong? A combination of poor reactions and decisions to Miami's pressure along with a few shots and drives that couldn't find the net. Let's take a look at a few plays that stood out in particular.
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Welp, DeMar DeRozan finally missed a shot and the ball ended up wedged inside the stanchion. Barclays Center employees had to use a broom to get the ball out. Of course, this is just the second most memorable time a ball has gotten stuck in the Barclays Center stanchion.