Kennedy: Shane Larkin opts out of final year with Nets

Phoenix Suns guard Phil Pressey (25) reaches for the ball on Brooklyn Nets guard Shane Larkin in the second quarter during an NBA basketball game, Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

Shane Larkin has opted out of the final year on his contract with the Brooklyn Nets and will become an unrestricted free agent, reports Alex Kennedy of Basketball Insiders. The speedy point guard averaged 7.3 points and 4.4 assists over 22 minutes per game for the Nets, seeing a huge role boost after Jarrett Jack tore […]

Andrea Bargnani sought buyout over limited minutes

Andrea Bargnani (9) defends Philadelphia 76ers' Jahlil Okafor (8) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015, in New York. The Nets won 100-91. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

On his Facebook, Andrea Bargnani wrote that he sought a buyout from the Brooklyn Nets after he did not receive the minutes or role he was promised last summer. In a quickly lost season for the Nets, Bargnani fell behind younger players like Thomas Robinson and Chris McCullough in the rotation and, as he stated on […]

Brooklyn Nets 2016 Offseason Primer

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The Nets are in possibly the most difficult spot of any NBA team. New general manager Sean Marks has to establish a winning culture with a 21-win team and no draft picks. Marks wowed Nets management with his vision for building in Brooklyn, and this offseason represents Marks’s first big test. Here’s our primer on […]

Was this the worst season in Nets history?

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In their closing act of the 2015-16 season, what remained of the Brooklyn Nets fell apart in the second half against what remained of the Toronto Raptors, blowing a 21-4 lead and losing 103-96 to a team that rested almost all of its rotation players. It was a fitting ending to a dismal season. The […]

Report: NBA, Adam Silver forces Celtics to return Nets’ draft picks from 2013 blockbuster

Jason Terry (right), with Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce. (AP)

In a stunning turn of events, commissioner Adam Silver has mandated that the Boston Celtics return their draft picks to the Brooklyn Nets, a source reports. In case you’ve forgotten, the Nets traded their 2014, 2016, and 2018 picks to the Celtics in a 2013 draft day blockbuster that brought them Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, […]

The Nets are inevitable

Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez (11) is defended by Portland Trail Blazers center Mason Plumlee (24) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016. (AP Photo/Steve Dykes)

The Brooklyn Nets are inevitable. Ever since they let Paul Pierce go, bought out Deron Williams, watched Joe Johnson slowly slide into ineffectual isolations, and dug in the bargain bin hoping to shake gold out of Andrea Bargnani’s pantalonis, the Nets have been in an inevitable decline, from 49 wins to 44 to 38 to […]

Sean Marks faces an uphill climb as general manager

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Sean Marks’s first move as Nets general manager was waiving Andrea Bargnani. OK, so that wasn’t a tough one. The next steps are a bit harder: figuring out how to make this mess of a team into something relevant in the NBA. The Nets, as you probably know by now, are in one of the […]

Stein: Nets, Bargnani begin buyout negotiations

Thaddeus Young, right, Shane Larkin, second from right, Andrea Bargnani, center, and Bojan Bogdanovic, second from left, watch the game during the second half. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Andrea Bargnani and the Brooklyn Nets have started negotiating a buyout, reports Marc Stein of ESPN. The seven-foot center has been firmly rooted to the bench since the debut of rookie Chris McCullough and, with the Nets finally looking towards the future, is unlikely to regain his spot in the rotation. A few days before the trade […]

Andrea Bargnani: Nets expected to buy out center

Andrea Bargnani: Nets expected to buy out center

If the Nets hire Bryan Colangelo, his first act as general manager may be to undo the biggest mistake in his last tenure. Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical reports that the Nets are expected to buy out Andrea Bargnani from his contract this week if the Nets are unable to trade him by Thursday’s 3 […]