Farewell, creepy thing.

Farewell, creepy thing.

Per Zach Lowe of Grantland:

A team official has confirmed the statement to The Brooklyn Game.

The ridiculousness of the mascot aside, there's a small part of me that'll miss the BrooklyKnight's competely misfired charm: the way he scared kids with his oddly sociopathic mask, the way he shot t-shirts into the American flag by accident, the way the Nets hastily threw together a comic book about him that put Amar'e Stoudemire in the Nets locker room, the way he was accidentally named after a porn star, the way he tried to pump up the crowd during time-outs usually to no avail...

There's a shred of New Jersey Nets-dom that'll be gone with his departure. Oh, well. Bring back Sly.

 

Credit: Mike King

Credit: Mike King

The Cleveland Cavaliers, Boston Celtics, and Brooklyn Nets officially announced the three-team trade that sends Marcus Thornton away from the Nets for Jarrett Jack and Sergey Karasev Thursday morning.

The Nets will also send the draft rights to Eden Bavcic, Christian Drejer, and Ilkan Karaman to the Cavaliers. None of them are expected to make it to the NBA, though Karaman has the best shot. Drejer was a 2004 second-round pick that retired from basketball in 2008, and the Nets acquired Bavcic's rights from the New Orleans Pelicans in the deal that sent away Tyshawn Taylor.

Thornton goes to the Celtics, along with Tyler Zeller and a first-round pick from Cleveland. The Celtics send a conditional second-round pick back to the Cavaliers.

"Jarrett is a proven NBA veteran who will add versatility to our backcourt," Nets general manager Billy King said in a prepared statement. "The team had a need in that area and we are excited that we were able to secure Jarrett to fill that role. Sergey is a player who we have followed closely for several years. He is a versatile forward and will be a welcome addition to our roster."

Jack will fill the backup point guard hole left by Shaun Livingston, while Karasev is a 20-year-old Russian prospect the Nets hope fits in a backup swingman role.

The big winner in this trade is dreams. The Cavaliers open up enough cap space to offer four-time MVP LeBron James, an Ohio native, a maximum contract in the city he played the first seven years of his career. The Nets get a backup point guard, a decent prospect, and preserve cap room for the summer of 2016, when Kevin Durant will be a free agent. The Celtics add another first-round pick to their incredible arsenal of first-round picks, in the hopes that one of them strikes lottery gold in the next few years.

Welcome to Brooklyn, Jarrett and Sergey!

 

Longtime NBA coach Paul Westphal will join Lionel Hollins on the Brooklyn Nets bench as his most experienced assistant, according to Ken Berger of CBS Sports:
... MORE →

 

So we actually did get a close game this time: after the Nets summer squad was downed in the fourth quarter by the Oklahoma City Thunder Monday night, the Nets took the Philadelphia 76ers down to the wire before falling in the waning moments, losing 92-86.

The loss drops the Nets to the bottom of the Summer League standings -- they only earned one point in the loss for winning the second quarter, and have seven over four games. Conversely, the Sixers earned seven points in this game alone, for winning the game and three of four quarters.

There were some good things in the loss: with Mason Hakeem Shaquille Abdul-Jabbar Chamberlain Russell Plumlee sidelined with a sore foot, the Nets needed to get offense elsewhere, and spread it around. Markel Brown, Marquis Teague, and Cory Jefferson all made big contributions, as did Donte Greene from the invitees. Greene did miss some big shots down the stretch: he tied Markel Brown for the team lead with 17 points, but took ten more field goal attempts than Brown (19 to 9) to equal him in the scoring column. But the Nets couldn't handle Casper Ware and Nerlens Noel, and the Sixers hit free throws to put it away.

The Nets will play one more game Saturday morning, likely against the Houston Rockets, to compete for the prize of being the second-worst team in Orlando Summer League

 

In his introductory press conference Monday morning, new Brooklyn Nets head coach Lionel Hollins stressed that his staff wasn't going to come together right away, and that he and GM Billy King would take the time needed to put together the right staff.

But it looks like we've got some things cleared up.... MORE →

 

After a lavish spending spree during the last two offseasons and a record payroll, the the Brooklyn Nets will officially pay close to $91 million in luxury tax payments alone, according to Brian Windhorst of ESPN:
... MORE →

 

See that video above? That's Jarrett Jack dropping 31 points and 10 dimes against the New York Knicks last season, Brooklyn's cross-town rival. Watch the video, it's a great game: Jack's scurrying around screens into the lane, setting up teammates for jumpers and layups all over the floor, and doesn't really get going from the floor until the second half, when he does to the Knicks defense what most teams did.

It was a great game, and his season high in scoring. His career high? 33 points, back in the 2008-2009 season, against... the New York Knicks. Both of those games came on the road in Madison Square Garden.

It's not just those two games: in 23 games against the Knicks, Jack has averaged 12.8 points per game, his highest against any opponent in the league.

Jack averaged 9.5 points, 4.1 assists, and 2.8 assists in 28.2 minutes per game last season with the Cavaliers, making 31 starts in 80 games. The Nets could very easily start Jack in a two-point lineup next to Deron Williams this season, not unlike what they did with Shaun Livingston in the calendar year 2014.

This season should be fun!

 

Above are some highlights of "the other guy" in this deal: new Nets wing Sergey Karasev, who the Nets wanted to draft in last year's draft before he was taken by the Cavaliers with the 19th overall pick. Above is him breaking the D-League in half!

Okay, so he's not exactly tearing through the league: he can barely get off the floor and only averaged 13.5 points and 5 rebounds per game in 18 D-League games with the Canton Charge. But: he's a lefty shooter, which is the best kind of shooter, and hit three-pointers at a near 40 percent clip. He's young and has real talent, which makes him a "get" in this deal.

Like Lionel Hollins said Monday morning: you can never have too many shooters.

 

Jarrett Jack, Gary Neal

The Nets have acquired Jarrett Jack. (AP)

The Nets are on the verge of acquiring Cleveland Cavaliers guard Jarrett Jack and forward Sergey Karasev in a three-team deal that would send away Nets guard Marcus Thornton, according to a report from Marc Stein of ESPN.
... MORE →

 

The Brooklyn Nets have given former head coach and new Milwaukee Bucks head coach Jason Kidd the permission to speak with Nets assistant coach Joe Prunty, according to a report by David Aldridge of TNT:

Prunty was invited to join the Nets staff by Kidd when Kidd was hired as one of his "all-star" cast of assistants led by Lawrence Frank. He has been an assistant in the NBA since 2002, in stints with the San Antonio Spurs, Dallas Mavericks (where he coached Kidd), Portland Trail Blazers, and Cleveland Cavaliers. Prunty also coached the team for the first two games of the season as Kidd served his suspension for a DUI.

It's already expected that Kidd will bring along assistants Eric Hughes and Sean Sweeney, though it seems that Lawrence Frank won't be going anywhere.

There's no official word yet on Lionel Hollins's staff, and we may not get confirmation on it for some time. Nets GM Billy King said Monday that getting the assistants isn't something that needs to be done right away. Hollins added that he's already reached out to some people who have declined. We'll wait and see what happens.

Prunty is not with the Nets in Orlando during Summer League: as Aldridge mentioned, Prunty is also the head coach of the Great Britain men's national basketball team, which is why he's not with the team. "He wanted to go down (to Orlando) but I said, "look, spend time with your family, get ready, because you're going to be gone on the road for like six weeks," King said.

 

Paul Pierce doesn't seem to be sweating free agency too much. While the Nets and Los Angeles Clippers fight over Pierce's services -- either show me the money or show me Doc Rivers -- Pierce is in Las Vegas playing at the World Series of Poker:

Seems like Pierce had a pretty good day: he later said he won $60,000 in chips on day one.

It's worth noting that he didn't actually win $60,000 -- he won $60,000 in chips at the tournament. But if Pierce has enough good days, maybe he'll be able to come down from his asking price of $9-10 million.

 

Kyle Lowry, Paul Pierce

Paul Pierce (AP)

The Brooklyn Nets and Paul Pierce still stand apart financially on a deal that would bring Pierce back to Brooklyn, according to a report from ESPN New York:
... MORE →