Brook Lopez

How can the Nets fill the void left by Brook Lopez? (AP)

Earlier this month, the NBA granted the Brooklyn Nets the Disabled Player Exception, a one-time chance to replace Brook Lopez on their roster. Lopez went down with a season-ending foot injury on December 20th, and was examined by a league doctor to verify he'd be out for the season.

Though the CBA dictates that the Disabled Player Exception expires on March 15th, a league source says they have until March 10th to use it on a free agent, or until the trade deadline (February 20th) to use it in a trade.

So what can they do with it? Should they do anything with it? Here are their three options.

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Kirilenko might play tomorrow

Posted on: December 30th, 2013 by Chris Hooker Comments

 

Andrei Kirilenko always a fan of breaking stories on Instagram, is saying that he might play tomorrow, depending on how practice goes.

It was previously reported that he would not make the trip. Or he might if he practiced well. The Nets need him back soon, and this news seems promising.

Stein: Pau for Brook discussed

Posted on: December 30th, 2013 by Chris Hooker Comments

 

ESPN's Marc Stein is reporting that the Nets discussed a Pau Gasol-Brook Lopez trade before Brook went down with his foot injury last week.

He states:

Sources with knowledge of the discussions told ESPN.com that the Lakers did indeed engage the Nets earlier this month in some exploratory talks to see if Brooklyn had interest in such a swap. Sources say that the Nets balked at the idea when it was presented before Lopez's injury, but it's still noteworthy if it happened.

This trade would be ridiculous, even with Brook's injury. The Nets are trying to get younger, not older, and even if Brook's body is broken, Pau is not getting any better.

Please don't let this happen.

 

According to a report from NetsDaily.com, it appears that the Nets will be "moving on" from Croatian G/F Bojan Bogdanovic, who they were trying to buy out of his contract with Fenerbahce.

NetsDaily states that with the news, the Nets will move on to "Plan B."

The Nets will likely turn to try to sign Andrei Kirilenko, who has been rumored to the Nets ever since they became all Russian. They would only be able to offer him the mini-MLE, which would be a pretty drastic pay cut for AK-47.

Update (3:28pm):

 

In today's pointless news story of the day, USA Today writer and Dwight Howard-story breaker Sam Amick has reported that Metta World Peace (formally known as Ron Artest), is interested in joining the Brooklyn Nets.

Amick reports that the soon-to-be amnestied World Peace has a list, and quite a long and specific one at that.

"According to a person with knowledge of World Peace's situation, the list of teams that he would most like to play for starts with the New York Knicks and is followed in order by the Los Angeles Clippers, Brooklyn Nets, Chicago Bulls, Miami Heat, Oklahoma City Thunder, San Antonio Spurs and the Indiana Pacers."

Good on World Peace for wanting to play in Brooklyn (if of course New York and Los Angeles don't work for him), but there is no way the Nets are going to get World Peace, nor should they want him.

First off, the only way World Peace could get to the Nets is if nobody bids on him following his release. Seeing as former amnesty candidate Travis Outlaw got bidded on, I find it highly unlikely that World Peace won't.

And even if World Peace gets through the bidding, the Nets can only offer him the veterans minimum. And maybe he'll take that, but you can bet the Knicks will almost certainly offer that contract as well, a team higher on his list.

This, of course, is dependent on whether or not the Nets even offer World Peace a contract. A vet minimum deal will cost approximately $5M when taking luxury tax into account because of how far the Nets are over the cap.

Plus, I, along with most Nets fans, probably don't want this lunatic anywhere near our team.

So, if I were you, I'd put my custom order World Peace Nets jersey on hold. It ain't happening.

 

In a report written for the New York Daily News, Mike Lupica states that Jason Kidd's head coaching candidacy was put in his ear by his agent, Jeff Schwartz.

In the report, Lupica writes that Schwartz had the idea before Kidd was even retired.

Jeff Schwartz, Jason Kidd’s rep, just did one of the best pure agenting jobs in recent memory helping Kidd get the Nets’ coaching job less than two weeks after he retired as a player with the Knicks.

Schwartz started working on Kidd even before Kidd made the retirement announcement, promoted him into a meeting with Billy King, the Nets’ general manager, and you know how it all played out — and fast — after that.

It wasn’t Kidd’s idea at the start, it was clearly Schwartz’s. That is how you do it.

You know, I always thought it was weird how King and Kidd said this whole thing happened in two weeks. That always seemed impossible to me, but now it looks like it really wasn't.

Appreciate the help, Schwartz!

 

Despite earlier reports that the Nets had brought in Croatian G/F Bojan Bogdanovic, it now appears to be untrue.

Bogdanvic himself was a guest on a Croatian radio station and he explained his side of the contract negotiations with the Nets.

"It is not true that I signed a three-year deal with the Nets. Chances that I will play for Brooklyn next year are about 50 percent, maybe little more, but the only truth is that negotiations are ongoing and that before Monday or Tuesday I will not know anything more. I hope the agreement will be made before the Croatian National Team training camp begins."

He was also said he was in contact with Fenerbahce's new head coach, Zeljko Obradovic, also known as the Phil Jackson of Europe, about possibly staying overseas.

"I spoke to Zeljko Obradovic and he told me he would like me to stay in Fenerbahce, and I would like to work with the winningest European coach. However, until negotiations with the Nets end, I will not know much more."

Finally, Bogdanovic was also asked if he has spoken with Mirza Teletovic, who was also born in Mostar.

"I did not speak with Teletovic cause my negotiations with the Nets are in early stages. If it all becomes more serious I will definitely speak with him. But that there (the NBA) is all the pinnacle of world basketball, I don't need to ask him much. I hope it will all end soon."

Obviously, we're hoping a deal gets done, and we're confident that it will. Be sure to check out our reaction to the supposed deal, which is now a complete hypothetical until a contract is sorted out.

 

Free agent point guard Sebastian Telfair is headed... home, per his Twitter account.

Telfair is from Brooklyn. Which is in New York. So he's going to the Nets. Or the Knicks. Or he's just going home for a few days to hang out and this has nothing to do with basketball.

Speculation at it's finest.

Way to break your own story in the most confusing way possible.

Telfair averaged 5.6 points and 2.6 assists in 16.6 minutes last year, playing in 59 games between the Sun and the Raptors.

Update (3:06 pm): Per Hoops World's Alex Kennedy, he's just headed home. Literally.

Update (3:20 pm): Yep.

 

Mike Mazzeo of ESPNNewYork.com is reporting that the Nets have a serious interest in free agent point guard Shaun Livingston.

Marc Stein, of ESPN.com, reported yesterday afternoon that the Nets were interested in Livingston and John Lucas III.

This makes the second unnamed source, and who doesn't love unnamed sources, reporting on the Nets interest in Livingston.

The Nets are in heavy need for a back-up point guard after the loss of C.J. Watson to Indiana, as their depth at the position begins and ends with sophomore Tyshawn Taylor.

Livingston averaged 6.3 points, 3.3 assists in 22 minutes per game last season.

ESPN New York -- Source: Nets interested in Shaun Livingston