To express our birthday wishes for Brook's 26th, here is our gallery of his many, many expressions. Happy Birthday (and get well soon) Brook!
Jason Collins will be signed by the Brooklyn Nets for the remainder of the season, reports Rod Boone of Newsday. Although it's not official yet, Kidd confirmed this news today at practice in Miami.
Many wondered if the Nets would sign the hard-screening, even harder-fouling Collins past his two ten-day contracts, noting, however, that he brought tons of defensive intelligence in the paint that the team lacked without Garnett on the floor.
So far this year, the seven-footer has averaged 0.6 PPG, 0.8 RPG, 0.3 APG and has racked up 18 personal fouls in just 77 minutes, but his contributions go far beyond the statistics.
Kevin Garnett will miss his seventh straight game on Saturday against Washington and Andrei Kirilenko will likely be a Game-Time Decision, reports Rod Boone of Newsday.
Garnett's back pulled him out of Monday's game against Toronto during shoot-around, but Jason Kidd believes there's no concern yet. Kirilenko left the game against Sacramento last week with a sprained ankle and it continues to ail him. He had hoped to play Wednesday against Miami, but the team held him out after warm-ups.
If neither can go Saturday, they'll look towards Monday's game against Phoenix to get back on the court healthy.
Earlier this week, we (well, you) named Julius Erving your all-time Nets all-star small forward, for leading the Nets to two ABA Championships and winning three ABA MVP's with the New York Nets from 1974 to 1976. Today, we wish the Doctor a happy 64th birthday!
Here's some of the things we've written about Dr. J in the past:
- The Doctor Julius Erving
- Top 44 Nets of All Time, Julius Erving
- December 6, 2012: Dr. J’s Magic, Rick Barry’s Free Throws and Other Memories of the L.I. Nets
- The Doctor's Island
Happy birthday, Doctor. You're still needed, and hopefully still fed.
The Brooklyn Nets have acquired 26-year-old shooting guard Marcus Thornton from the Sacramento Kings in exchange for forward Reggie Evans and guard Jason Terry, according to David Aldridge.
Thornton has averaged career-lows across the board in points per game (8.3), rebounds per game (2.7), assists per game (1.0), field goal percentage (.381), and three-point percentage (.318) through 46 games (26 starts) this season. In his first four seasons with the New Orleans (then-)Hornets and Kings, Thornton averaged 14.3 points, 3.1 rebounds, and 1.6 assists in 26.6 minutes per game.
The Nets acquired Terry in July 2013 as part of the package to acquire Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce from the Boston Celtics, but Terry underwent knee surgery in the offseason and has struggled in a Nets uniform. Evans was the team's starting power forward for 56 games last season and set an NBA record for total rebounding percentage, and Kevin Garnett ensured he'd stay on the team in the offseason. But Evans struggled to fit into the Nets rotation under Jason Kidd, shooting a career-low 39 percent and playing in just 30 games.
The trade may preclude a deal with the Los Angeles Lakers to acquire forward Jordan Hill, the seventh overall pick in the 2009 draft. Adding Hill without shedding any other salary would mean the Nets would pay roughly $16.6 million in luxury tax alone, a tax the team is reportedly willing to pay. That figure would put the total financial commitment by Mikhail Prokhorov to this roster at well over $200 million, a staggering figure.
Howard Beck of Bleacher Report reports that a Hill-to-Nets deal is a "longshot".
The Nets are not the only team pursuing Hill, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reports that the Phoenix Suns are also interested in the big man. Hill has averaged 11.4 rebounds per 36 minutes in his careeer.
Thornton is owed $8.05 million in 2013-14 and $8.575 million in 2014-15, and his salary in total will add a little over $3.4 million to Brooklyn's tax figure.
The Nets and Kings are currently discussing a deal that would send guard Marcus Thornton to Brooklyn, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports. In return, Brooklyn would send Jason Terry and Reggie Evans to Sacramento.
Both Terry and Evans have had trouble carving out predictable rotation minutes for the Nets so far this season. Thornton, 26, is averaging 8.3 PPG and 2.7 RPG in 26 minutes a game. Known as a sharpshooter, Thornton could more effectively fill the role that Jason Terry was supposed to have coming into the season.
Marcus Thornton signed in 2011 for 4 years and $31.15 million with the Sacramento Kings. He is making $8.05 million in 2013-2014. His contract would come off the books after next season, effectively making him useful trade bait as an expiring contract.
In a follow-up tweet, Wojnarowski also notes: "For Sacramento and Brooklyn, this is one of several conversations officials are having with several teams."
Could this be the third mystery team that Cleveland wanted to involve before dealing Jarrett Jack as reported yesterday?
Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN-NY tweeted today that the Brooklyn Nets may be looking into a Jason Terry for Jarrett Jack swap.
With Thursday's Trade Deadline looming, the sinking ship in Cleveland may be looking to deal off their expensive off-season pick-up. Like Terry, Jack is a former 6th Man of the Year Award winner but has struggled to fit with his new team.
Terry is currently signed for 2 more years after this one. He is making $5.23 million in 2013-2014. Jack's deal is another year longer than Terry's and makes nearly a million more per year.
Worth noting is that Jack cannot be swallowed into the Disabled Player Exception (an avenue opened by Brook Lopez's season ending surgery) because he makes too much money and isn't in the final year of his contract.
However, Jack's contract comes with a team option on a partially guaranteed contract in the fourth year. If the Nets were to waive him before the deadline, much like the Cavaliers did with Andrew Bynum this year, they would only owe the point guard $500,000. Practically speaking, it means that Jack's contract will expire after the 2015-2016 season, allowing the Nets to remain, for now, in the hunt for Kevin Durant.
Since moving Shaun Livingston into the starting lineup, the Nets have had a hard time finding production off the bench at the guard spot. Adding a guard of Jack's caliber could be an incredible move for Brooklyn and comes at a much lower price than what was rumored for Toronto's Kyle Lowry.
If the Nets are able to snag Jarrett Jack for a wholly disappointing Jason Terry without giving up any assets (Picks, Bogdanovic) then they should.
Update: ESPN has reported that the Cavaliers would like to find a 3rd team to take on Terry's contract before continuing on.
The Nets may have something close to a full roster -- without Brook Lopez, of course -- when they face the San Antonio Spurs on Thursday.
Guard Joe Johnson, forward Andrei Kirilenko, and center Andray Blatche all did physical work with the team in today's practice, getting through without any injuries, according to reports from team practice.
Kirilenko had missed three straight games after reporting to the team with a sore left calf on Wednesday. He told The Brooklyn Game last week that the calf injury had no connection whatsoever to the back spasms he'd felt earlier in the year, and that his back felt "perfect."
Blatche bruised his hip in the first half of the team's 120-95 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder Friday, attempting to return to the game to no avail. He traveled with the team to Indiana Saturday in the hopes of playing, but sat out both Saturday and Monday to rest the hip. Blatche also sat out four games earlier this week after getting sent home for "personal reasons."
Johnson sat out to rest with left knee tendinitis in the team's 108-102 victory over the 76ers, the second game he's missed all year. According to coach Jason Kidd, Johnson had dealt with tendinitis for a couple of weeks, but is "one not to complain" and tried to play through the pain.
After LeBron James drove down the lane on a fast break, pushing off of Andrei Kirilenko, Brooklyn Nets forward Mirza Teletovic wrapped up James, sending him into fury.
It didn't appear as though there was any malicious intent on Teletovic's part, and after James exploded in his face, Teletovic just smiled and laughed.
Teletovic was assessed a flagrant-one, allowing the Heat to gain possession as well as a free throw.
With a week before Christmas, the 9-15 Brooklyn Nets play their second straight home game for just the third time this season, with a chance to hit double-digits in wins against a team that's just barely gotten there: the 10-13 Washington Wizards. The Wizards are fresh off a shocking 102-101 victory over the New York Knicks, featuring a late comeback, a game-winning layup by Wizards sophomore guard Bradley Beal, and poor crunch-time management from the Knicks:
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