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Damion James has not been extended a second ten-day contract by the Brooklyn Nets and will return to the D-League Bakersfield Jam, per a NetsDaily D-League source.

James barely saw the floor in his time with Brooklyn, playing less than 30 seconds over two games, most notably the final six seconds against the New York Knicks Monday night, when he contested J.R. Smith's final desperation heave that could have tied the game as time expired.

With James heading back to the D-League, the Nets again have one open roster spot.

Nets may re-open Dwightmare?

Posted on: January 22nd, 2013 by Devin Kharpertian Comments

 

Here we go again?

Jarrod Rudolph of RealGM, citing sources, reports that the Nets may quietly look to re-insert themselves into the conversation to acquire current Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard.

Per Rudolph on Sulia, Nets general manager Billy King has monitored the situation in Los Angeles closely and has looked for a third team to make a trade possible... MORE →

 

Keith Bogans is usually in the background -- and he's okay with that. (AP/Sue Ogrocki)

In a superstar-driven league, players like Brooklyn Nets backup shooting guard Keith Bogans often come and go with nary a second look. On one of the highest-profile, media-frenzied franchises in all of professional sports, Bogans doesn't put up flashy numbers, doesn't have a notable contract or a famous entourage, and as the classic journeyman, Bogans normally slips out without so much as one recorder shoved in his face for a post-game quote or discussion at practice.

(In fact, when I approached Bogans to speak with him, he looked quizzically at me. "What's this about?")... MORE →

 

Gerald Wallace Brooklyn NetsBrooklyn Nets small forward/power forward/everything forward Gerald Wallace is a game-time decision for tonight's game against the Atlanta Hawks with bruised ribs, the team announced today. Wallace has missed the last two games with the injury after sustaining it midway through the first quarter Friday night against the Phoenix Suns.

The Nets have continued their roll without Wallace, winning 97-86 against the Indiana Pacers on Sunday night and 113-106 over the surging Toronto Raptors Tuesday night.

Should Wallace be unavailable, expect Keith Bogans to start again in his place.

 

Josh Smith out tonight. (AP)

Atlanta Hawks starting power forward Josh Smith has been suspended one game for conduct detrimental to the team, the Hawks organization announced today. According to a source in contact with Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Smith was kicked out of the team's practice yesterday.

This is a big break for Brooklyn, as the athletic Smith poses a significant problem for the Nets inside. Smith is averaging 16.5 points, 8.3 rebounds, and 3.7 assists in 34.8 minutes per game, second on the team in PER. He is, however, posting one of the most inefficient years of his career shooting the ball, with a career-low in true shooting percentage and free throws made and attempted per game.

It is unclear who will start in Smith's place, though it will likely be backup center Zaza Pachulia.

 

Pacers forward Paul George will miss tonight's game against the Charlotte Bobcats and his status for tomorrow's game in Brooklyn against the Brooklyn Nets is uncertain, the Pacers director of media relations announced today.

George is arguably the Pacers' best player, averaging 16.9 points, 7.5 rebounds, 3.7 assists, and 1.6 steals in 36.6 minutes per game. He is a major part of Indiana's league-best defense, and ranks second on the team in PER & effective field goal percentage. George has shot 64% from the field and 56% from deep in seven games against the Nets, though never against Brooklyn.

This would come as welcome news to the Nets, who will be without starting forward Gerald Wallace with bruised ribs, and may also be down Deron Williams with a quad contusion.

 

Deron WilliamsAfter suffering a quad contusion in the third quarter, Brooklyn Nets point guard Deron Williams was non-committal about his status for Sunday night's game against the Indiana Pacers.

"I don't know," Williams said. "I'll have to see what it feels like when I wake up tomorrow. Hopefully I can go. I'm going to get a lot of treatment on it tomorrow, and hopefully I'll be ready."

Williams injured his thigh early in the third quarter tonight against the Phoenix Suns, colliding with Goran Dragic's knee on a drive. Williams remained in the game for a few minutes before getting taken out and walking to the locker room. He was listed as questionable, but later returned, without much pep in his step.

"I could barely run," Williams laughed. "It definitely affected me. I had one good burst, and it was a wrap."

 

Joe Johnson

Brooklyn Nets shooting guard Joe Johnson and backup power forward Mirza Teletovic are both a game-time decision tonight, both fighting what the Nets call an "illness."

Johnson and Andray Blatche are the only two Nets to have played in every game this season.

The Nets added that backup shooting guard and inventor of palindromes Jerry Stackhouse will sit tonight with a sore hamstring.

If Stackhouse and Johnson are both out, the Nets are limited to Keith Bogans and MarShon Brooks at the shooting guard spot, plus potential spot minutes from Deron Williams playing off the ball.

 

Deron WilliamsDeron Williams hasn't taken much time off since joining the Brooklyn Nets in February 2011. During last year's NBA lockout, Williams was the highest-profile player to make the leap overseas, joining Turkish basketball club Besiktas in Istanbul for fifteen games. He's had wrist surgery, and various ailments have kept him out of 12 games over the past two seasons.

Williams has dealt with various physical, emotional, and mental struggles since joining Brooklyn, and according to Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News, Williams believes that his lack of resting time has contributed to his struggles:

GM Billy King said on the radio Sunday that Williams might be burnt out from playing consecutive summers overseas (in the Turkish league and Olympics). Williams, who has been dealing with nagging injuries – including a bum ankle and wrist — essentially agreed.

“I didn’t take any time off. After last season, I never stopped working out. After the Olympics, the day I got back I worked out the next morning,” Williams said. “I thought it was the best thing to do, and now looking back, it probably would have been smarter to take some time off and get a little bit of rest, especially on my legs, and my ankles in general.

“I took a lot of pounding over the last year because even though we had a shortened season, I was over in Istanbul, so I haven’t had a break since before then. I felt like I could handle it, and at the time I thought it was the right thing to do. I didn’t want to get out of shape. I wanted to just keep going.”

Read More: Stefan Bondy, New York Daily News -- Deron Williams’ struggles continue as Brooklyn Nets get blown out, 104-73, by San Antonio Spurs

 

Kris Humphries will not play in today's Christmas Day matchup vs. the Boston Celtics, and will not make the trip to Milwaukee tomorrow to face the Bucks, Brooklyn Nets coach Avery Johnson told reporters before today's game.

Humphries underwent an MRI yesterday and was diagnosed with a mild abdominal strain, and will be re-evaluated when the team returns on Thursday.

Humphries did not play in Brooklyn's 95-92 victory Sunday against Philadelphia, and Johnson said after the game that Humphries' benching was a coach's decision, not due to injury.

 

Brook Lopez Brooklyn Nets imageBrook Lopez will not play tonight against the New York Knicks, Brooklyn Nets General Manager Billy King announced to reporters today. King said that Lopez is "not in good enough condition" to play.

This is the sixth consecutive game Lopez has missed since injuring his right foot against the Boston Celtics. The Nets are 1-4 in that time, beating the Orlando Magic before dropping four straight.

Avery Johnson has said that Lopez's recovery has taken longer than the team expected at the outset. Whether or not that's true -- and I have no reason to believe it's not -- this would be entirely less harrowing if the Nets had said "he'll miss two weeks" right off the bat, rather than dealing with the day-to-day doldrums.