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Russian airline Aeroflot, who has been a Nets sponsor since Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov took over as the team's primary owner in 2010, will cease sponsorship with the team.
According to a spokesperson with the airline that spoke with Russian news agency ITAR-TASS, the contract between Aeroflot and the Nets had expired and the airline had no plans to renew the agreement.
The airline entered a "multi-tiered sponsorship alliance" with the Nets in October 2010, and hosted "An Evening of Russian Culture" at Nets games in 2011 and 2013. They renewed the team's sponsorship in 2013 despite criticism from Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, who wanted the team to sponsor Russian teams rather than the Nets and British soccer club Manchester United.
The Nets announced a rather international preseason schedule today opening up on October 7 with Euroleague Champion, the Israeli basketball club Maccabi Tel Aviv, at the Barclays Center, and including exhibition games against the Sacramento Kings in Shanghai (Oct. 12) and Beijing, China (Oct. 15), respectively.
The six-game preseason schedule includes three home contests at the Barclays Center. A complete preseason schedule is below.
|10/7/14||Tuesday||7:30 PM||vs. Maccabi Tel Aviv (Barclays Center)|
|10/12/14||Sunday||1:00 AM||at Sacramento (Shanghai, China)|
|10/15/14||Wednesday||7:30 AM||vs. Sacramento (Beijing, China)|
|10/19/14||Sunday||3:00 PM||vs. Boston (Barclays Center)|
|10/20/14||Monday||7:30 PM||vs. Philadelphia (Barclays Center)|
|10/22/14||Wednesday||7:30 PM||at Boston (TD Garden)|
The announcement in its entirety can be found here.
The Nets came into today's game with six points and ended it with the same amount. Miami won every quarter and the game-- good for a clean sweep of all eight points. Brooklyn's blowout wasn't from a lack of effort as the Nets aggressively tried to keep up with the Heat's torrid shooting. James Ennis dropped 29 points on 10-12 shooting with 7 threes.
Other thoughts and quotes:
-- Kendall Gill, before tip: “I saw Mason Plumlee do things the great Hakeem Olajuwan did.” Again, wasting no time with the Hall of Famer comparisons, luckily.
Matt Winer: “If Plumlee is coming down around me, I’m covering everything I’ve got. He’s a big, big guy.”
After throwing down a huge alley-oop from Thames, Gill said: "He’s a gazelle." Less than a minute later, Gill followed it up by exclaiming: "He's a horse." It appears more and more as if Gill’s compliments only come in the form of NBA Legends and common wildlife. Plumlee finished with 18 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist and 2 steals.
-- The Nets allowed three offensive rebounds in the first 2 minutes of the game to officially mark their return to a sub-par team on the boards. In fact, Brooklyn would go on to finish the quarter with zero rebounds. Where are you, Reggie Evans?
-- Marquis Teague looks like he’s ready to accept the Nets’ Annual Summer League Award for Most Frantic Point Guard That Reminds You Too Much Of Tyshawn Taylor. Teague played aggressively and pushed the ball, totaling equal amounts of good baskets and bad turnovers.
-- For the second straight game, Donte Greene impressed on both sides of the ball and finished with 9 points, 3 rebounds, 5 assists and a steal. If Greene is signed at the end of the summer, it wouldn’t surprise me. Remember, Donte Greene almost signed with the Nets a few years ago before he broke his foot.
-- With a minute left in the first quarter, Jorge Gutierrez went to the locker room following a double team near mid-court. Gutierrez bruised his ribs and did not return.
-- Markel Brown continued to impress with his court vision and passing. He hasn’t had a wild, explosive game yet like Caldwell-Pope or Napier—but it always feels like it’s lurking just underneath the surface for Brown. He’ll be a fun one to watch in 2014.
-- Nick Minnerath hit four 3s and forced a shot clock violation in nearly 13 minutes of action. He’s a long shot to make the team, but in a game where the Nets largely struggled from outside the paint, Minnerath helped keep this one from getting even uglier.
The Nets play again tomorrow against the Oklahoma City Thunder at 7pm on NBATV.
Tonight, the NBA Draft descends on the Barclays Center for what should be an evening of surprises, madness and pure, unadulterated insanity. A particularly weak draft last year was punctuated by the news that GM Billy King had struck a deal for Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett.
Although King admitted yesterday that the chances of acquiring a pick is "not good," the Brooklyn Nets will still likely try to buy a second round selection.
In honor of the day that brought the Nets two bonafide legends (and a truck-load of irrational confidence), The Brooklyn Game is celebrating the one-year anniversary of the 2013 NBA Draft with a special roundtable.
1. Will the Nets buy a pick?
Devin Kharpertian: Absolutely. Billy King always talks about finding the best talent, and given how deep this draft is, you have to imagine he'll find some somewhere in the second round that he likes. The Nets can't offer more than about $1.8 million and Jorge Gutierrez's non-guaranteed contract, but that might be enough to snag one of Philly's four second-round picks. My guess: they'll buy #39 or #47.
Ben Nadeau: Yeah! I think the whole King smokescreen is easy to see through. Classic Billy King. Which I guess could be a bad thing. Or a good thing. Or it means you like Kyle Korver. We'll just have to wait and see what King emerges tonight. But as sure as the sun, he will emerge.
Chris Hooker: Yes. They will buy into the second round and draft a player who will never play for them and have a name I will never learn how to pronounce. That's how Proky likes to spend his money.
Daniel Soriano: If someone relatively high on the Nets' board slips, King will definitely pull the trigger; however, I don't think they buy a pick just for the sake of buying a pick.
2. Who would you like the Nets to draft?
Devin Kharpertian: With one of those picks? I'd guess a big man, like 7'3" Walter Taveras or the Russian Artem Klimenko, who the Nets worked out Wednesday. (Side note: King was reminded Wednesday that he's never drafted anyone he's worked out, so he might do it just to mess with the media.) But that's only if they assume Andray Blatche is gone for greener pa$tures. If not, Thanasis Antetokounmpo or Spencer Dimwiddie are two names to watch.
Ben Nadeau: This is going to sound crazy, but I want the Nets to draft Shabazz Napier for a handful of reasons. Want a rivalry? Draft the one guy that LeBron James has openly admitted he wants. Want LeBron James? Draft the one guy that LeBron James has openly admitted he wants to play with. With Shaun Livingston likely to leave and Alan Anderson opting out, the Nets could use a backup guard who has a name that isn't Marcus or Marquis. Get Napier and win the draft.
Chris Hooker: I hope they draft CJ Fair, because he'll probably be available in the second round and I know who he is.
Daniel Soriano: The Nets excelled when they were able to roll out lineups featuring multiple ball handlers with the size and quickness to guard multiple positions. I would expect King to keep an eye out to see if any big guards, such as Colorado's Spencer Dinwiddie or fellow dukie Rodney Hood (25th and 40th on Chad Ford's big board, respectively), fall to a spot that the Nets could buy into.
3. Should the Nets be listening to any offers for Lopez and Williams? Should they be shopping them?
Devin Kharpertian: Yes and no? No one's going to give fair value for either of those guys right now, considering their injuries and Williams's recent struggles, so the only reason you do it is if you're hitting the reset button on this era of Nets basketball. That doesn't seem to be the case, not with the 2016 free agency light flickering in the distance. So sure, they'll take phone calls. They'll just be brief.
Ben Nadeau: If we are to believe Chris Broussard (HA!), then the Nets have a shot at LeBron James. Could trading Lopez and freeing up some space help? Probably not. But hey, Billy King should be listening to calls for that very reason.
Chris Hooker: Hmmm. This is a question that needs an answer longer than what I can give in a round table. My opinion on this switches daily, but at this very moment, I think the wisest move is to keep last years roster as in tact as possible. Let's hold on to these two.
Daniel Soriano: Listening? Sure, why not? With both coming off of major surgieries and carrying massive contracts, I doubt any GM would have much interest in surrendering assets for either player, so the Nets would be better off holding on to both and hoping they have bounce-back seasons.
Devin Kharpertian: Boldness isn't my strong suit, so I'll merely say I expect the Nets to at least inquire about this year's annual Josh Smith sweepstakes. But I don't expect anything beyond a check-in.
Ben Nadeau: I bet the Nets will end up with somebody ridiculous like Mo Harkless or Corey Brewer or something. It just feels right.
Chris Hooker: I'm 100% sure Billy King will not trade for Dwyane Wade on draft day. But would anyone really be surprised if he did? I'm 75% sure Billy King will not trade for Dwyane Wade on draft day. It just seems like a injured superstar with a high paycheck is classic Billy King. I'm 50% sure Billy King will not trade for Dwyane Wade on draft day. And a one-year contract no less. Would anyone really be surprised? That's why I'm 25% sure Billy King will not trade for Dwyane Wade on draft day. A D-Wade trade is inevitable isn't it? I'm 100% the Nets will have Wade by the end of today.
Daniel Soriano: The rights to Bojan Bogdanovic for Bogdan Bogdanovic. Not for any basketball reasons. Just to confuse the heck out of everyone.
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