According to Zach Schonbrun of the New York Times, Brooklyn Nets interim head coach has shortened the rotation to 10 players, and that the ten-man rotation includes... MORE →
Kris Humphries was informed this morning by PJ Carlesimo that he's out of the rotation, according to a league source
— Stefan Bondy (@NYDNInterNets) March 6, 2013
3 P.M. EST Trade Deadline Day has come and gone, and the Brooklyn Nets look the same as yesterday. No Josh Smith, no Ben Gordon, no HBAPiness. The Nets have the same roster they've had essentially all season, and will hold onto their assets at least until the summer.
It was a quiet deadline overall -- the biggest name traded came from the Orlando Magic, who dealt J.J. Redick to the Milwaukee Bucks. The Bucks were potentially working on a deal to acquire Atlanta Hawks forward Josh Smith, but the Hawks pulled out at the last moment. Smith was not traded.
The Nets play next tomorrow, facing the Houston Rockets in Brooklyn at 7:30 P.M.
Brooklyn Nets point guard Deron Williams will sit tonight's game against the Indiana Pacers and Wednesday's game against the Denver Nuggets with synovitis (inflammation of the ankle joint lining) in both ankles, the Brooklyn Nets announced today. Williams received platelet-rich plasma (PRP) treatment on both ankles today and the Nets expect him back in action after the All-Star break on February 19th against the Milwaukee Bucks.
After a rough start to the season, Williams, the Nets' captain and maximum-contract point guard, appeared to be back to his old self in January, averaging 18.3 points and 8.3 assists on 45.6% shooting (42% from 3) in the month, before seeing his numbers dip again in February as the team began to struggle again. On the season, Williams has averaged 16.7 points and 7.6 assists in 36.5 minutes per game.
Williams has noted issues with bone spurs in his ankles early in the season, something that Nets general manager Billy King said Williams would get "cleaned up" after the season, but has not had issues with synovitis until this point.
According to Chris Broussard of ESPN.com:
The Nets and Bobcats have had discussions about a trade that would send Charlotte's Ben Gordon to Brooklyn for Kris Humphries, according to league sources.
The talks are ongoing, but sources said no trade is imminent.
A Gordon-for-Humphries trade works financially as both players make $12 million a year.
The Nets' interest in Gordon stems from their need for better ways to space the floor. Ranked 21st in the league in 3-point shooting, Brooklyn regularly has seen opponents clog the lane.
The 29-year-old Gordon, a sixth man in Charlotte, averages 21.4 points and 3.6 assists per 36 minutes, shooting 41.7% from three-point range. Humphries has been in and out (mostly out) of the Nets' rotation all season.
Adding Gordon to the Nets' lineup could make for a few interesting lineup combinations, including a starting lineup with Joe Johnson at the small forward position, shifting Gerald Wallace to power forward.
According to Howard Beck of the New York Times, the Bobcats proposed the trade, and it's up to the Nets to decide whether or not to accept it.
Read More: ESPN -- Nets, Bobcats discuss Ben Gordon
Bryant, who shot a pedestrian 9-24 from the field, threw down an emphatic slam on Gerald Wallace and Kris Humphries in the fourth quarter, and later scored on a twisting layup that helped catapult the Los Angeles Lakers to their 92-83 victory over the Brooklyn Nets in Brooklyn at Barclays Center AKA The Black House. After an and-one bucket by All-Star Center Brook Lopez gave him his second 30-point game of the season and the team a slim 83-82 margin with 2:33 left, the Nets did not score again as Los Angeles rattled off 10 points to seal the victory.
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Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard and small forward Metta World Peace will both sit tonight's game out vs. the Brooklyn Nets. Howard is nursing a shoulder injury that's kept him in and out of the lineup for the past few weeks, while the inappropriately named World Peace has been suspended one game for grabbing Detroit Pistons guard Brandon Knight around the neck and striking him in the jaw.
Without Howard or World Peace, the Nets' chances of winning increase drastically against a Lakers team that is just 8-18 on the road this season. Los Angeles will likely re-insert Pau Gasol into the starting lineup. They may also move Earl Clark to small forward and start either Antawn Jamison or Robert Sacre.
Sam Amico of Fox Sports Ohio, in a trade rumors roundup, cited multiple sources stating that the Brooklyn Nets have an interest in trading backup center Andray Blatche, seeking a draft pick in return. According to Amico, Portland is looking to shore up its league-worst bench and could be interested in the deal.
Blatche has undergone a sharp turnaround since his years in Washington, shooting a career-high 49.6% from the field and posting a 22.7 player efficiency rating, tied for 12th-best in the NBA. He had struggled in recent weeks until helping carry the Nets past the shorthanded Chicago Bulls Friday night, and was allegedly involved in a sexual assault case in Philadelphia at the beginning of the month.
A league source at NetsDaily dismissed the rumor.
“I’m a competitor,” Taylor said. “I want to play. I know I’m confident enough to play. It’s just part of the business. ... I just have to wait my turn and be patient. It’s definitely a lot easier said than done.”
Taylor, who has played almost exclusively in late blowout situations, has logged 98 minutes in 23 games. He's averaging 12.5 points per 36 minutes, shooting 35% from the field and 46% from the free throw line. His player efficiency rating is 2.7.
Taylor lamented his inability to get into a rhythm. “I have to be mentally ready, because I never know when I’m going to get called upon. I have to pay attention to everything. It’s definitely more mentally than physically, because I know I have the talent to be here.”
Taylor, a product of Bob Hurley's famous St. Anthony's high school program and Bill Self's Kansas college program, also credits Keith Bogans (who has the closest locker to him in the Nets' locker room) with staying in his ear and his family (who he lives with) for helping him get through the difficult times. "It’s frustrating, because I’ve always been a competitor. But if I was somewhere else and I’d be there alone with no one else and not playing, it would be much worse.”
Chicago Bulls starting point guard Kirk Hinrich and starting center Joakim Noah will both sit tonight against the Brooklyn Nets. Hinrich was announced out by the team and Noah told ESPN Chicago that he would not play.
Both players are big blows to Chicago's chances of victory -- Hinrich is a steady, solid point guard and Noah anchors the Bulls defense, currently ranked second in the NBA in efficiency.
Additionally, Bulls starting power forward Carlos Boozer is a game-time decision.
Williams has averaged 12 points and 7.5 assists on 38.5% shooting in two games against Miami this season, but those games came earlier in the season, when Williams was struggling with some combination of a wrist injury, Avery Johnson's system, a mental block, and all other negative stimuli. In the month of January, Williams has averaged 18.9 points, 8.5 assists, and 3.9 rebounds on 45.7% shooting and 43.6% from beyond the arc in the month of January.