Brooklyn Nets News, Rumors, Injuries & Recruiting
Elite Sports NY: Brooklyn Nets open to pairing Kyrie Irving, D'Angelo Russell in backcourt (Report)
The Brooklyn Nets are approaching their most pivotal offseason in a long time. The team has space to sign at least one max free agent, potentially two. Recently, Anthony Puccio of SNY reported that the Nets are considering pairing Kyrie Irving and D'Angelo Russell in the backcourt.
"Sources tell SNY that Kyrie Irving and his camp are strongly considering Brooklyn if he decides to leave Boston," Puccio wrote. "Irving's camp has kept a close eye on the Nets as the season progressed and the team got better, with the playoffs only helping their case.
NetsDaily: Jeff Peterson, Hawks assistant GM, to replace Trajan Langdon
The Brooklyn Nets have named Jeff Peterson, assistant general manager of the Hawks, to replace Trajan Langdon who left for the Pelicans last week.
"We are thrilled to welcome Jeff and his wife, Lauren, to Brooklyn," said Sean Marks. "Jeff is an innovative basketball executive who shares our strategic team building vision and will fit seamlessly within our culture. His extensive scouting and front office experience will be tremendous assets to our group as we continue to move forward."
Peterson replaces Trajan Langdon, who left the Nets last week to become general manager of the Pelicans under David Griffin, New Orleans executive vice president of basketball operations.
NY Post: Nets' Irving, Russell curiosity could '1,000 percent' work
The Nets' summer has been framed as having to pick between keeping D'Angelo Russell or chasing Kyrie Irving. But maybe they don't have to choose.
Sources told The Post that some within Barclays Center feel Russell and Irving could actually coexist. And Kevin Boyle -- the only man who has coached both -- guarantees that together they not only would survive, but would thrive.
Boyle coached Irving at St. Patrick High School in Elizabeth, N.J., then guided Russell to two national titles at Montverde (Fla.) Academy. He told The Post that if the Nets can team up his star guards, the friends will make a dynamic duo.
NY Post: Nets hire Hawks exec Jeff Peterson as front-office restock begins
The Nets have begun restocking their front office.
The team on Saturday it hired Jeff Peterson as its new assistant general manager to replace Trajan Langdon, who left to become GM of the Pelicans. Peterson spent seven seasons as a member of the Hawks front office, including the past three as their assistant general manager.
"We are thrilled to welcome Jeff and his wife, Lauren, to Brooklyn," general manager Sean Marks said in a press release. "Jeff is an innovative basketball vision and will fit seamlessly within our culture. His extensive scouting and front office experience will be tremendous assets to our group as we continue to move forward.
NetsDaily: Liberty lose heartbreaker to Fever at buzzer in home opener
The New York Liberty lost a heartbreaker Friday night in their home opener, going down to the Indiana Fever, 81-80, on a buzzer beater by Fever rookie Teaira McCowan.
With a second left on the clock at the Westchester County Center, the 6'7" McGowan took a neat feed from Candice Dupree and made an acrobatic layup at the buzzer. It was the season opener for both teams.
It was a game of runs, with the Liberty scoring the first eight points of the game. The Fever went up by six, 39-33 at the half, but after an 18-2 Liberty run, they went into the fourth up by four.
Elite Sports NY: Brooklyn Nets PG D'Angelo Russell is already getting in work (Video)
It's no days off for D'Angelo Russell. Russell was seen in a Brooklyn Nets practice gym getting in some early offseason work.
Russell, who most recently lost to the Philadelphia 76ers in five tough playoff games, showcased his increasing ability to launch pull-up shots off of fancy dribbles moves.
For D-Russell, Hardwood > Airports ... by a long shot. #WeGoHard pic.twitter.com/TTA3mAN9Oc
-- Elite Sports NY (@EliteSportsNY) May 24, 2019
For Nets fans, it is certainly encouraging to see their star get in some game-level shots.
oops for days and days https://t.co/hrKAA5dEMr
NetsDaily: Is Jarrett Allen a potentially elite? Jury is out (so far)
There is no doubt how the Nets brass feels about Jarrett Allen's future.
"I was really impressed with how he improved during the playoffs alone from Game 1 to Game 5 and how he just kept getting better," Atkinson said during his end of the season media availability.
"His rebounding improved this year, but he's a key cog. He's still 21. I think in our exit meetings yesterday we talked to him about the things we wanted him to work on. I expect him to listen, and in two, three years, to be an elite center in this league.
NetsDaily: Kyle Korver reveals fate of famous copy machine he was traded for
Kyle Korver never wore a Nets uniform --although Deron Williams did photoshop him into one during a failed recruiting pitch. But still, he holds a special place in the annals of Nets lure (or is it fai-lure?)
In 2003, just 11 days after they came oh-so-close to an NBA championship, they had a full roster but two picks, both their own. In the first round, they selected Zoran Planinic, a 6'7" Croatian point guard who was to be Jason Kidd's back-up. Then, at No. 51, they drafted Kyle Korver out of Creighton .
Your passing lanes were not safe in Brooklyn.Top Steals https://t.co/qdPs4jS0ep
Fansided: Brooklyn Nets paying price for unexpected success
The Brooklyn Nets arrived ahead of schedule in 2018-19, improving from 28 wins the previous season to 42 victories and a playoff berth. Now, the organization is paying a toll as rival clubs are picking off members of the organizational team that helped that process.
The run on coaching and front office talent has seen G-League Coach of the Year Will Weaver, assistant coach Chris Fleming, assistant general manager Trajan Langdon and, most recently, director of global scouting Gianluca Pascucci depart Brooklyn for promotions elsewhere.
Weaver was the first to move, accepting a position in March to become the head coach for the Sydney Kings in Australia's National Basketball League.
NetsDaily: When Nets-Knicks trolling gets underway, Bet on Brooklyn
It was an interesting day online.
It started with a Knicks fan trolling Spencer Dinwiddie, suggesting that Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving will sign with the Knicks. So what, Dinwiddie replied...
IF that happens... we'd still be the best team in NY u2642ufe0f https://t.co/XftD0J94lN-- Spencer Dinwiddie (@SDinwiddie_25) May 22, 2019
Knick fans tried to troll the guy with a SAT score of 1400. Didn't work...
Then, he explained how it works...
@nyknicks fans trippin again.
NetsDaily: YES Network to telecast 16 New York Liberty games
Joe Tsai's contention that upping the profile of the Liberty --and getting fans to come to their games-- got a big boost Wednesday when YES Network and the Liberty announced YES will become the official regional TV partner of the Liberty this season. YES will televise 16 Liberty home games this season, the first of which will be the Liberty opener on Friday vs. the Indiana Fever at the Westchester County Center.
Chris Shearn and former Marist College basketball star Julianne Viani will handle play-by-play and analyst duties, respectively, on Friday's telecast.
In addition to the YES arrangement, all 16 games on YES' Liberty schedule will also be streamed live on the FOX Sports GO app.
NY Post: The copy machine traded for Kyle Korver is dead
Some, like Babe Ruth, were ousted for debt. Fellow baseball Hall of Famer Dave Winfield was traded for an extravagant dinner.
On the hardwood, there's Kyle Korver, whose well-told story of his amusing draft-day swap received an update over the weekend.
But let's start at the top.
"The 51st pick, to the New Jersey Nets," Korver said Saturday, as he delivered a commencement speech at his Creighton alma mater, "I found out shortly afterwards that I had been traded to Philly. I'm not sure if traded is the right word.
"I was more or less sold for an undisclosed amount of money.
NetsDaily: Re-thinking Allen Crabbe's future
More than two weeks ago, Allen Crabbe opted into his player option with the Brooklyn Nets for the 2019-2020 season. And for obvious reasons, Crabbe's opt in has sparked trade speculation.
After all, the Nets, as things stand, plan to chase max free agents, but are short of max cap space. They have $30.3 million in cap space, assuming they maintain D'Angelo Russell's cap hold but renounce every other free agent. That leaves them $7.85 million shy of Kevin Durant's max, and $2.4 million shy of the max that Kawhi Leonard, Kyrie Irving, Tobias Harris and Jimmy Butler will command.