So things have kind of gone nuts in the last week: Jason Kidd is out, Lionel Hollins is in. Shaun Livingston is gone, Paul Pierce is somewhere floating between Los Angeles and Brooklyn. Kevin Garnett is not retiring, we think.

Before all the madness, the NBA draft happened! It was eight days ago, or approximately 37 in Nets years. The Nets bought the rights to three players in the draft: Cory Jefferson, Xavier Thames, and Markel Brown, who threw down this ridiculous one-handed alley-oop last season for Oklahoma State. (He was promptly ejected for taunting, which is ridiculous, because he barely said anything after putting up an incredible poster. Besides, it's July 4th and we're all about freedom today.)

Think about how many players could put down an alley-oop with relative consistency last season in Brooklyn: Mason Plumlee, and maybe Shaun Livingston. That's it. But the Nets drafted Brown, he of the 43-inch vertical and 17.2 points per game in his senior season.

Brown was the 44th overall pick, so he probably won't get much playing time on a veteran-laden team. But then again, that's also what the Nets said about Mason Plumlee, who was expected to spend most of the season in the D-League.



Pierce (AP)

In an interview on ESPN radio 98.7 with Michael Kay, Billy King denied that the Nets and Clippers were engaged in talks about a sign-and-trade deal to send Paul Pierce to Los Angeles.

"They made a call and inquired, but there's nothing there at this point that makes sense for us," King told Kay Thursday night.
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Tayshaun Prince, Mike Conley, Lionel Hollins

New Nets coach Lionel Hollins. (AP)

Lionel Hollins spent parts of seven seasons with the Grizzlies franchise, both in Vancouver and Memphis. But what have his players and co-workers said about him?

Here's a collection of quotes from Grizzlies players, former executives, and one assistant coach that Hollins had a rift with, about Hollins's style and impact.
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Paul Pierce, Doc Rivers

Pierce & Doc Rivers... reunited? (AP)

The Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Clippers are laying the framework for a sign-and-trade deal that would send Paul Pierce to the Clippers, according to Ohm Youngmusik and Ramona Shelburne of ESPN.
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Brooklyn Nets free agent Paul Pierce might hit his 37th birthday in October, but that doesn't mean he won't have his suitors. Nearly a quarter of the league has contacted Pierce regarding his free agency: the Portland Trail Blazers, Memphis Grizzlies, Chicago Bulls, Dallas Mavericks, Houston Rockets, and Los Angeles Clippers, according to Marc Stein of ESPN:
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Lionel Hollins

On how new Nets coach Lionel Hollins will fare. (AP)

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Lionel Hollins

Lionel Hollins (AP)

The Brooklyn Nets have reached an agreement in principle to a four-year deal with former Memphis Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins, the team officially announced today.
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Jason Kidd

Jason Kidd, new Bucks coach. (AP)

If there were awards given out for self-awareness, Jason Kidd would wonder why he hasn't won one yet.
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UPDATE: Marc Stein reports that the Nets are wrapping up a deal with Lionel Hollins to be their next head coach:

ESPN's Marc Stein is reporting that the Nets are "closing in" on hiring former Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins.

Stein is also adding that the Nets and Hollins are hammering out a multi-year contract that will pay him at least $4-million annually.

In the 2012-13 season, his final with the Grizzlies, Hollins led the team to 56 wins and to the Western Conference Finals. His Grizzlies saw the playoffs in each of last three years with the team. He was let go due to "philosophical differences" between him and ownership.

In the ESPN New York article, Stein says:

Sources say the Nets wanted to move quickly in the wake of the Kidd saga and lasered in on Hollins immediately, meeting with him Monday and Tuesday.

Hollins has been a favorite of Nets officials for some time and was pursued by Brooklyn to serve as an assistant to Kidd after the in-season departure of Lawrence Frank, but the former Grizzlies coach was determined to wait for a head-coaching opportunity. Hollins was also chased hard this spring by the Houston to serve as the top aide to Rockets coach Kevin McHale in the event that he didn't land a top position.

Nets general manager Billy King, during an appearance Wednesday on ESPN Radio's "Mike & Mike," said experience would be key when making the team's next head-coaching hire.

"One, I think we're looking for experience, someone we'll build with for a long time," King said. "Someone who can develop young players, develop veterans and have a tough mindset. But someone also who has the experience who can take us to where we want to go."

On Tuesday, King praised Hollins' work in Memphis.

"If you look at track record and what he did in Memphis, they consistently got better every year," he said.

A deal with Hollins would cap a tumultuous week for the Nets.

Stay tuned.


Though there's no official deal yet, Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated reports that signs point toward an agreement forthcoming between the Brooklyn Nets and top coaching candidate Lionel Hollins:

With free agents quickly making decisions in the NBA moratorium period, it makes sense that the Nets want to push their coaching decision through quickly. But that doesn't mean this will be done tonight or tomorrow, especially if they want to do their due diligence.


Brooklyn Nets free agent guard Shaun Livingston will head to the Golden State Warriors for a three-year deal worth approximately $16 million, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports. The deal is for the full mid-level exception.

It was unlikely that the Nets would retain Livingston, given their ability to only offer him the taxpayer mid-level exception, worth roughly $10 million over three years. Brooklyn's inability to sign Livingston to a bigger deal was a major factor in his departure, according to David Aldridge:

The third deal is partially guaranteed, according to a report by USA TODAY SPORTS.

Livingston had the best season of his career in Brooklyn, averaging 8.3 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 3.2 assists in 26 minutes per game. He also put up career highs in games played, games started, steals, steals per game, points, and player efficiency rating.

Go get 'em, Livingston. For Warriors fans, check out our exclusive feature with Livingston, in which he explains how his upbringing as a biracial kid in a city largely separated on the lines of racial and social classes, below. He also breaks down how he sees the floor in real time.

The Anatomy of Perspective: Shaun Livingston, the visionary