Around the Nets: Pierce, King on Collins, Barclays Center winning awards, Jimmer Fredette?

DeMarcus Cousins, Reggie Evans
Farewell, beard. (AP)

DeMarcus Cousins, Reggie Evans
Farewell, beard. (AP)

Lots of little tidbits this morning. Here’s your news and notes from around the ‘Nets.

  • Pollstar, by an online poll (as you might guess) has named Barclays Center “Arena of the Year.” No sophomore slump for this Oculus.
  • This article takes a long time to get to a point about Jason Collins that doesn’t really make sense.

  • The transcript of Billy King’s interview with WFAN on Jason Collins. “It wasn’t a lengthy political debate.”

  • Paul Pierce, on Collins: “In a society we live in, this was going to happen eventually. This is the normal. He is a guy who is going to open the door for athletes. Maybe not just in America but all over the world, the sports world. That’s going to be key. It doesn’t matter your race, your gender, your sexuality, or any of that. It’s about being part of a team. It’s about caring for one another. That’s all that matters at the end of the day. … It’s great to have him here to open the doors for so many athletes to feel comfortable to come out and not be embarrassed and to be part of something.”

  • Adonis Thomas, who was signed by the Springfield Armor after going undrafted and put up some surprisingly solid production, has been signed to a ten-day contract by the Orlando Magic.
  • Reggie Evans made his debut for the Sacramento Kings, grabbing five rebounds in eight minutes against the Denver Nuggets. Jason Terry, the other part of the trade that brought Marcus Thornton to Brooklyn, won’t suit up for the Kings this season, and will spend the rest of the year rehabbing in Dallas.

  • Speaking of the Kings, they’re reportedly finalizing a buyout for Jimmer Fredette after unsuccessful attempts at trading him before the trade deadline. He’s best known for his improbable gunning at BYU. There’s no doubt Fredette can shoot — he’s a career 40.2 percent three-point shooter, and he’s averaging 18.5 points per 36 minutes over his last two seasons — but that’s his one trick, and the Nets have more of a need for a point guard or another big man that can rebound than another shooter.

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