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    Getty Los Angeles Lakers guard Russell Westbrook. Momentum regarding a trade of Kyrie Irving from the Brooklyn Nets appears to have stalled. The Los Angeles Lakers may have missed an opportunity by not striking while the iron was hot. There’s a real possibility that Irving is a Net when the season starts. However, the Lakers’ dream isn’t dead quite yet. This offseason should remain fluid for Brooklyn as they decide how they want their future to look. If Los Angeles really wants to make a deal for Irving happen, they’ll have to make a solid offer, and perhaps add a third team. Greg Swartz of Bleacher Report pitched a three-team trade that sends Irving, Patrick Beverley and Rudy Gay to the Lakers, Bojan Bogdanovic, Malik Beasley and the Lakers’ 2023 second-round pick to the Nets and the Lakers’ 2027 and 2029 first-round picks, Max Christie, Talen Horton-Tucker and Russell Westbrook to the Jazz: There could be no perfect third star than Irving, who averaged 27.4 points, 4.4 rebounds, 5.8 assists, 1.4 steals and shot 41.8 percent from three...
    Getty Ben Simmons (L) and Royce O'Neale of the Brooklyn Nets attend a game between the Nets and the Philadelphia 76ers during the 2022 NBA Summer League The future of Kyrie Irving and the Brooklyn Nets has been a bit murky this offseason. It has been unclear what is going on at any given moment between the two sides. Brooklyn was unwilling to give Irving a long-term extension because of concerns that have developed in his time with the Nets, especially after his stance with the COVID-19 vaccine which caused him to miss multiple key games for the franchise. Irving has gone back and forth from wanting to join the Los Angeles Lakers to reunite with LeBron James this offseason or reports that he never wanted to leave Brooklyn. Irving ultimately ended up opting into the final year remaining on his player option in Brooklyn.  The Nets have been reported to being so done with the drama that Irving brings that they have thought about exercising the stretch-and-waive provision to rid themselves of Kyrie for his final season...
    Getty LeBron James, Kevin Durant Russell Westbrook has been a buzzword for the Los Angeles Lakers this season, as the front office continues to struggle in finding a willing trade partner. Of course, Kyrie Irving and the Brooklyn Nets – two other buzzwords in the Lakers off-season, project to be the Lakers’ best chance of striking a deal – assuming the two teams can agree to terms on a trade package. At present, it would appear negotiations have stalled, leaving Westbrook and his family in limbo, with the start of training camp slowly coming over the horizon. Yet, according to an NBA Insider who spoke with Bleacher Report’s Eric Pincus for a July 28 article, there is a way Los Angeles can break the deadlock, and convince Sean Marks into signing off on a deal. Latest @BleacherReport What Should LA Lakers Do with Russell Westbrook? Insider Opinions Vary Widely – I asked around, got some interesting, divergent takes https://t.co/gLEpi42SQB — Eric Pincus (@EricPincus) July 28, 2022 “Kyrie is the move. They should offer Davis with Westbrook. Try and...
    Getty LeBron James, Los Angeles Lakers Point guard is becoming somewhat of a dirty word for Los Angeles Lakers fans, following the seemingly never-ending Russell Westbrook and Kyrie Irving saga’s this summer. What’s worse is, that the Lakers could still use a legitimate second-string guard, ideally one that can play alongside the team’s superstars, while also leading their second unit. Unfortunately, former LeBron James teammate and Cleveland Cavalier fan favorite Matthew Dellavedova has just been taken off the market, as the Sacramento Kings have confirmed his acquisition. The Kings have officially signed Matthew Dellavedova. https://t.co/rMmmobnDim — Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) July 29, 2022 While Dellavedova was probably never on the Lakers’ radar, he is a veteran guard that has proven capable of playing alongside superstar talent and comes with a built-in relationship with LeBron – meaning he could have been a solid second or third-string addition to the rotation Throughout his career, the Australian point guard has averaged 5.5 points, 3.7 assists, and 1.8 rebounds per game while shooting 38.6% from the field and 36.4% from deep – the...
    Getty Eric Gordon, Los Angeles Lakers The Los Angeles Lakers‘ off-season movement has ground to a halt, as the team continues to deliberate on a potential trade for Kyrie Irving of the Brooklyn Nets. Unfortunately, while all focus is on acquiring Irving, and moving on from Russell Westbrook, any other potential deals are falling by the wayside – which for a team that came into the off-season in need of an overhaul, is far from ideal. One of the primary targets the Lakers have been linked to throughout this summer is veteran shooting guard, Eric Gordon – a sharpshooting, defensively sound two-guard with solid size for his position. 3 PM ET today: An hour of live NBA chat via @SpotifyLive with @celticsblog’s own @KeithSmithNBA guesting. Boston’s trade offer for Kevin Durant starring Jaylen Brown will presumably come up. In the interim … here’s a Reader Mailbag with more trade talk: https://t.co/iBKsTQjY1o — Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) July 25, 2022 According to a July 27 newsletter by Marc Stein, it is likely that Los Angeles are standing pat on any...
    Getty Buddy Hield, Los Angeles Lakers The Los Angeles Lakers might be in serious need of some roster upgrades, but without trading Russell Westbrook, their options appear to be limited. That’s what happens when your aging point guard is set to earn $47 million dollars in a single season. And let’s be fair, if his fit with the rest of the roster was better, Westbrook would be an ideal candidate for that sort of payday, alas the fit is poor, and the Lakers are suffering because of it. However, a recent three-team trade proposal by Sam Quinn of CBS Sports has the potential to change the Lakers’ fortunes, as it removes Westbrook from the equation and lands to better-suited players in his place. The trade goes like this Lakers get: Kyrie Irving and Buddy Hield Indiana Pacers get: Russell Westbrook and a 2029 first-round draft pick Brooklyn gets: Talen Horton-Tucker, a 2027 first-round draft pick, and two future second-round picks. Screw it, here are my predictions: Kevin Durant for Jaylen Brown, Derrick White, two unprotected picks and one swap. Kyrie Irving...
    Getty LeBron James, Los Angeles Lakers A lot has been said about the Los Angeles Lakers pursuit of Kyrie Irving from the Brooklyn Nets, and while nothing has come to fruition, the saga is likely to continue throughout the summer. Of course, as things stand right now, Kevin Durant is the player Brooklyn are most concerned with, and they will be hoping to convince him to remain on the East Coast with Irving and Ben Simmons. However, if the Nets are unsuccessful in convincing Durant to remain, there will be no shortage of trade offers. Yet, according to SB Nation’s Ricky O’Donnell, the Lakers can produce a package to land both Durant and Irving this summer, if they want to drastically shake things up. Just wake me up when Kyrie is a Laker ???? pic.twitter.com/H0yEnTACp9 — Lakers All Day Everyday (@LADEig) July 19, 2022 The trade proposal looks like this: Brooklyn Nets get: Russell Westbrook, Anthony Davis, Talen Horton-Tucker, and Austin Reaves. Lakers get: Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving. While this trade does seem unlikely, it solves issues...
    Getty Eric Bledsoe, Los Angeles Lakers Regardless of if the Los Angeles Lakers retain or trade Russell Westbrook, they’re going to need a backup guard, ideally one with vast NBA experience. Luckily, there is currently a free agent point guard that fits the bill, and according to Bleacher Report’s Zach Buckley, the Lakers might be able to convince him to join their roster on a team-friendly deal. Of course, that guard is Eric Bledsoe, the former All-NBA Defensive First Team and All-NBA Defensive Second Team point guard. Me: “How do you get so good at shot blocking? Eric Bledsoe: “You watch me play?” “Yeah.” “I mean I’ve been doing that my whole career. It’s just instincts & time. I got good instincts on defense, so I know where to be sometimes. Sometimes it be bad, so it ain’t always good.” pic.twitter.com/8H73b4lV9e — Tomer Azarly (@TomerAzarly) November 12, 2021 “The 32-year-old unceremoniously hit the open market when the Portland Trail Blazers waived him before his contract became fully guaranteed for 2022-23. He wound up being overpaid on that...
    Getty Kyrie Irving of the Brooklyn Nets. The Brooklyn Nets are in the midst of attempting to trade star forward Kevin Durant, and that has left the team in a state of turmoil. Sending a future Hall of Famer out in the middle of his prime is a bold decision, but it’s something that Durant wants. What is unknown is what this will mean for the rest of the team going forward. In the case of point guard Kyrie Irving, it doesn’t seem to mean much. After a week of uncertainty before Durant’s trade request, Irving picked up his player option and decided to play out the rest of his contract with the Nets. The Athletic’s Shams Charania, speaking on the Pat McAfee Show, reveals Irving’s plans haven’t changed amidst the drama.Irving is Locked In Are the Brooklyn Nets still trying to win ONE of these @ShamsCharania#PMSLive pic.twitter.com/b67Zf1FbiI — Pat McAfee (@PatMcAfeeShow) July 25, 2022 Irving’s plans are always tough to tell, but Charania says he’s heard from people the point guard plans on staying with the Nets...
    Getty LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, Los Angeles Lakers The Los Angeles Lakers‘ hopes of landing Kyrie Irving took a significant blow on July 25, when The Athletic’s Shams Charania reported that the superstar guard intends to remain with the Brooklyn Nets for the coming season. Speaking on an episode of the Pat McAfee Show, Charania noted how he believes Irving will remain with the Nets for the final year of his contract. Are the Brooklyn Nets still trying to win ONE of these @ShamsCharania#PMSLive pic.twitter.com/b67Zf1FbiI — Pat McAfee (@PatMcAfeeShow) July 25, 2022 “Kyrie Irving opted in with the full intent of playing out next season as a Brooklyn Net. From everything that I’ve been told, in his mind, he’s playing next year in Brooklyn – with or without Kevin Durant. Irving opted in, there was an understanding that he was going to make the best decision for himself, and Durant will be making his decision as well. From everything I’ve been told, Kyrie Irving has made his intent, he wants to play out next season in Brooklyn and...
    Getty Kevin Durant #7 of the Brooklyn Nets The Brooklyn Nets continue to explore the possibility of trading their franchise cornerstone Kevin Durant. Of course, the star has four years remaining on his contract in Brooklyn, and the team doesn’t want to move him but is looking to honor his request to be dealt. So far, no deal has been good enough to even gain traction for Durant. Because of that the growing rumor is that Durant may be staying in Brooklyn.  “They’re making moves and they’re doing things this offseason, in their mind, the preparation and operation, as if they’re bringing these two guys back next season and playing with these two guys,” Charania said. “I think they’re open in dialogue, and they’re open to teams like Toronto, Phoenix, Miami making offers, but until they get that price threshold met—which I’m told is All-Star type players, a boat load of draft picks—they’re not gonna move. This is what they’re telling teams: ‘We’re not going to move Kevin Durant until the price is met.'” That quote from Charania was on July...
    Getty Kyrie Irving #11 of the Brooklyn Nets and Kevin Durant #7 look on during the first quarter of Round 1 Game 1 of the 2022 NBA Eastern Conference Playoffs Buckle up. The Kyrie Irving situation in Brooklyn has taken another turn. After being unhappy with how contract negotiations with the Brooklyn Nets, Irving got permission to seek sign-and-trade partners for the Nets. Before that, Irving was reportedly exploring signing for the $6 million mid-level exception with the Los Angeles Lakers. Irving has been in trade rumors to the Lakers ever since opting into his final year of his deal as well. A move LeBron James is also hoping happens.  Last week, Kristian Winfield of the New York Daily News wrote that Kyrie still wants to stay in Brooklyn even if Durant was traded. He continued on Twitter saying, “Kyrie never wanted to leave. Contract negotiations just in Brooklyn got wicked. I never reported he asked for a trade. Just that he got permission to seek sign and trade options.”  Kyrie never wanted to leave. Contract negotiations just in Brooklyn got wicked. I never reported he...
    Getty Kyrie Irving #11 of the Brooklyn Nets. Trade talks for Brooklyn Nets All-Stars Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant have ruled the headlines during this NBA free agency period.  Even with Irving’s reported desire to remain with the Nets, the question remains if the feeling is mutual. After playing just 29 games last season because he refused to get the COVID-19 vaccine and being on an expiring contract, the Nets could look to move on from Kyrie. ESPN’s Frank Isola suggested that the Miami Heat could be interested in entering the bidding war for Kyrie. And in exchange, the Nets could land All-Star guard Kyle Lowry from the Miami Heat.  “From what I’ve heard, Kyrie for Kyle Lowry is not out of the question,” Isola tweeted on July 14.  From what I’ve heard Kyrie for Kyle Lowry is not out of the question. https://t.co/5SEb9kXTAK — Frank Isola (@TheFrankIsola) July 14, 2022 The latest Nets news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Nets newsletter here! Join Heavy on Nets! Lewis: Kyrie Never Asked for TradeBefore he...
    Getty Is Donovan Mitchell leaving the Jazz? With news that Donovan Mitchell is on the trade market, it’s no surprise the Brooklyn Nets are getting involved considering they have their own roster upheaval going on. Kevin Durant requested a trade from Brooklyn, and it’s expected that would include shipping Kyrie Irving out of town as well, so there will be many new faces on the roster next season. Mitchell would be a nice piece to get in return for a trade, but it’s not likely the Jazz would be interested in Irving or Durant if they want to get started on a rebuild. Besides, the Nets have a big roadblock that would be preventing any sort of trade and that’s Ben Simmons. Teams can’t have more than one player on a designated rookie max extension, and that’s what both Simmons and Mitchell are on. That would mean the Nets would have to include Simmons in a deal for Mitchell, or they’d have to get a third team involved to take Simmons. This could be the roadblock that is...
    KEVIN DURANT has sent shockwaves through the NBA by asking out of New York. The 33-year-old forward reportedly wants out of the Brooklyn Nets this off-season. 2Kevin Durant apparently wants out of Brooklyn NetsCredit: Getty Images - Getty 2Kevin Durant looks set to leave Kyrie Irving behind in BrooklynCredit: EPA According to reports, the Nets will trade their star forward away. And that's despite Kyrie Irving committing to another season at Barclays Center. Here are some potential landing spots for two-time champion Durant next season. Read More Sport StoriesBARING HALL Paige VanZant wows in near-naked camping pics after hanging out with Bryce HallSIM-PLE REPLY Jena Sims hits back at fan who mocked her relationship with Brooks Koepka Phoenix Suns Kevin Durant reportedly listed the Phoenix Suns as a preferred destination. The Suns finished with the best record in the Western Conference last season. And they were the No 2 seed in the playoffs the year before. But they have come up short two years running and Durant could be the final piece they need. He would link up with Chris...
    Getty Kyrie Irving of the Brooklyn Nets. This latest season didn’t go the way the Brooklyn Nets expected after they were bounced out of the playoffs by the hands of the Bostons Celtics via a sweep. A lot of things went wrong for the Nets as Kyrie Irving only played in 29 games, James Harden was swapped for Ben Simmons in a midseason deal, and Kevin Durant had an inopportune injury that caused Brooklyn to slip to the play-in tournament. With those distractions behind the Nets next season, they’ll be gearing up for a postseason run that would get them out of the first round. Irving spoke on his Twitch stream while watching highlights and went into detail about his plans for the next season.Kyrie Sets His Goal Kyrie Irving says he Focusing on His Body this Summer ???????? #Netsworld pic.twitter.com/rrJU1m6MM9 — NetsKingdom ???????? (@NetsKingdomAJ) June 3, 2022 Irving hasn’t exactly been known as a physically dominating player throughout his career, but that sounds like it’ll be changing next season. He spoke about how players need to be...
    The Brooklyn Nets believe the Philadelphia 76ers will be worse next year than this past season. By deferring the Philadelphia 76ers‘ 2022 first-round pick from the James Harden–Ben Simmons trade to 2023, the Brooklyn Nets are telling everyone to short the 76ers next NBA season. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski informed everyone of the Nets’ intentions of the pick they are to acquire from their division rival. Since June 1 was the deadline to notify the league office over their decision to defer, it should send shockwaves throughout the rest of the league that Brooklyn does not think Philadelphia will be as good next season. They are rolling really the dice with the 76ers. There are a lot of compounding factors here, but the biggest one is Brooklyn shorting Philadelphia. ESPN Sources: The Brooklyn Nets are deferring acquisition of the Philadelphia 76ers 2022 first-round pick at No. 23 to the 2023 NBA Draft. The option on pushing back pick comes out of the James Harden-Ben Simmons trade. Nets had to inform the league office of decision today. — Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 1, 2022...
    Getty NEW YORK, NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 17: Ben Simmons #10 of the Brooklyn Nets and Kevin Durant #7 of the Brooklyn Nets looks on against the Washington Wizards during the second half at Barclays Center on February 17, 2022 in New York City. Wizards won 117-103. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Adam Hunger/Getty Images) The Brooklyn Nets have had a lot of bad news recently regarding postseason rumors. One report has them unwilling to sign Kyrie Irving to a long-term extension and possibly walking in free agency or dealt in a sign-and-trade. Now, if Irving were to walk this offseason, reports have stated that this could cause Durant to grow frustrated and jeopardize his status in Brooklyn. The concerns with Ben Simmons and the status of his injury remain. While the Nets hope have been put to rest, they really won’t be until next season.  Ever since their disappointing offseason exit, rumors have swirled around...
    Getty Images Blake Griffin of the Brooklyn Nets congratulates Kyrie Irving. With seven players from their 2021-22 roster expected to hit the free-agent market this summer, The Brooklyn Nets will have some tough decisions to make during this offseason. One of those players is six-time NBA All-Star Blake Griffin. Griffin resigned with the Nets last summer after he was acquired mid-season by the Nets in 2021 after the Detroit Pistons bought him out. But towards the end of the season, Griffin got buried on Nets head coach Steve Nash’s bench, rarely seeing any playing time. The latest Nets news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Nets newsletter here! Join Heavy on Nets! Blake Griffin Not Expected to Return to NetsGriffin only played 25 minutes for the Nets in the first round of the playoffs, a tell-tale sign that he will not be part of the Nets’ plans moving forward. Alex Schiffer of “The Athletic” says that he does not expect to see the All-Star forward in a Nets uniform next season. “Griffin had a tough...
    Chicago Bulls legend Michael Jordan said he is a 'firm believer in science' and that he backed the National Basketball Association's (NBA) stance on Covid-19 vaccinations ahead of the new season starting on October 19. The topic of unvaccinated players across the league has dominated discussions in the lead-up to the season opener, with Brooklyn Nets' guard Kyrie Irving the most high profile player to opt out of vaccination.  The NBA does not require its players to be vaccinated against Covid-19 to play but referees and other staff who have close contact with players are required to be fully vaccinated to continue in their roles.    But the league - who have said 95 per cent of players have taken at least one vaccine - have also ensured unvaccinated players must comply with a long list of restrictions to play in games and take part in team activities such as practice. For six-time champion and Hall of Famer Jordan, who played 13 seasons with the Bulls and currently owns the Charlotte Hornets, said he was not concerned by the league's protocols. Michael...
    DWTS' Kenya Moore showed off what she's learned in the ballroom with her daughter Brooklyn as she prepared for next week's show. The Bravo star is currently competing on the show's 30th season. 5Kenya taught her daughter Brooklyn how to do a proper lift in Instagram videoCredit: Instagram/Kenya Moore 5The toddler smiled as she spun her around the roomCredit: Instagram/Kenya Moore Kenya, 50, took to Instagram to showcase her impressive dance moves in an adorable video of her demonstrating a "proper lift" with her three-year-old. The toddler filled in for the reality star's usual partner on the show, pro dancer Brandon Armstrong. In the clip, Brooklyn stands on a desk before her mother props her onto her shoulder, spinning her around in circles. The mother-daughter duo laughed and smiled as they spun around the room with Brooklyn's arms stretched out wide. The routine was set to the song Good Times by Chic. Kenya yelled "good job!" to her daughter as she set her down as the two stopped to pose for the camera. Most read...
    Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant is the MVP favorite for the 2021-22 NBA season, but should LeBron James be counted out?  It’s almost exactly a month until the NBA season begins and Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant is currently the top candidate to win the MVP. Last season the Nets fell to the Milwaukee Bucks, 4-3, in the Eastern Conference Semifinal. It’s a sure bet that Durant will come out with a vengeance, but Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James sits towards the bottom of the MVP list. We all know what happens when LeBron is counted out and with a couple of big additions during the offseason that will boost James’ performance, Durant’s race to his second MVP award won’t be an easy journey.Kevin Durant is the 2022 NBA MVP favorite, LeBron James seventhIn a poll recently conducted by expert panelists at ESPN, Durant sits atop the MVP race after receiving 38.9 percent of the first-place votes. Durant’s performance during the playoffs last season was nothing short of extraordinary. He forced overtime in Game 7 against the Bucks and if...
    SenitinelOne Exceeds IPO Goal to Raise $1.2 Billion 25 Secret Money Traps at Target, Walmart and Other Big-Box Stores Brooklyn Nets assistant coach Jacque Vaughn won't be joining the New Orleans Pelicans or any other franchise this summer.  © Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported Tuesday that Vaughn is removing his name from consideration for any head-coaching gigs, in part so that he can spend more time with his two teenage sons.  Per The Times-Picayune | New Orleans Advocate, the 46-year-old was "one of two candidates who were viewed by league sources as the strongest contenders to take over in New Orleans." That report named Milwaukee Bucks assistant Charles Lee as the other candidate.  Most recently, Vaughn served as Brooklyn's interim coach for the close of the 2019-20 season and notched a 7-3 record but ultimately lost out on the main job to Steve Nash. Vaughn was also head coach of the Orlando Magic from the fall of 2012 through early February 2015 and went 58-158.  With the superstar trio of Kevin Durant, James Harden and Kyrie...
    Mandatory Credit: Sarah Stier/Getty Images The Brooklyn Nets are starting their offseason earlier than they expected, and these three players won’t be back next season. The Brooklyn Nets’ season ended with a loss to the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday night, in a Game 7 that was an instant classic. The Nets, with their star trio of Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and James Harden rarely healthy together and Harden and Irving unavailable or limited for multiple games against the Bucks, are left to wonder what might have been with a year of their championship window gone. The pieces around the Nets’ “Big 3” will look different next season, with multiple unrestricted free agents who might be leaving. That said, there will be veterans who want to chase a ring willing to sign with Brooklyn if there’s a fit to be had. Which is to say, veterans willing to accept a certain role and possibly less money than they can get elsewhere. As the Nets look to fill the roster around their star trio, these three players won’t be back next season.3....
    After losing to the Milwaukee Bucks in an epic Game 7 Saturday night, is the Brooklyn Nets’ championship window already closed?  Game 7. There’s not a better, more concise phrase in sports to convey urgency and “win or go home”. And Saturday night’s Game 7 between the Milwaukee Bucks and Brooklyn Nets, won in overtime by the Bucks, lived up to the billing. Everywhere you looked, there was a record being set. A 40-10 game in a Game 7? Check (Giannis Antetokounmpo). The highest point total put up in a Game 7 in NBA history? Check (Kevin Durant). Clutch shots? Check. But with the season-ending loss comes talk about the future for the Nets. Their “Big 3” of Durant, Kyrie Irving and James Harden were rarely healthy together after Harden was acquired in January, right through the series against Milwaukee. Harden didn’t play from early in Game 1 until Game 5 due to a Grade 2 hamstring strain, and Irving didn’t play after Game 4 due to an ankle injury.Is the Nets’ championship window already closed?Durant and Irving signed...
    James Harden fans are checking the news nonstop. Woj reported that Harden is considering leaving the Houston Rockets. After coach Mike D’Antoni and Rockets GM Daryl Morey left their position, Harden is unsure what direction the Rockets want to go in. Additionally, rumors say Russell Westbrook also wants to leave to an offense where he has more of the ball in his hands. Things look very bleak for the Houston Rockets, who seem close to blowing up the whole operation and beginning a rebuild. Yet, the news of Harden possibly leaving is the worst-case scenario for Rockets fans. Harden is one of the greatest players in the history of the Rockets franchise. He brought the Rockets out of a major slump and made them consistent playoffs and finals contenders. DENVER, CO – NOVEMBER 20: James Harden (13) of the Houston Rockets bites his beard during the first quarter against the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday, November 20, 2019. (Photo by AAron Ontiveroz/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images) However, the one knock on Harden was his inability to win a championship....
    The Brooklyn Nets are one of the teams that are expected to be aggressive in upgrading their roster this offseason. Though they are yet to see their team at its full strength, the Nets believe that they need to surround Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving with a better supporting cast to have a better chance of fully dominating the Eastern Conference and winning the NBA championship title next season. In the past months, they have already been linked to several veterans who are set to be available on the free agency market this fall, including Serge Ibaka of the Toronto Raptors. Though there are still a few days left before the 2020 free agency officially starts, Mike Mazzeo of Forbes revealed that Durant has already started recruiting Ibaka to the Nets. “Kevin Durant has been recruiting close friend Serge Ibaka to join the Brooklyn Nets as a free agent, according to league sources. Durant and Ibaka forged a strong relationship while playing together in Oklahoma City. But the veteran Ibaka, who made $23.3 million last season, would have to take...
    Syracuse, Binghamton, Brooklyn and St. Lucie will be the New York Mets’ four minor league affiliates next year, leaving Columbia, South Carolina, and Kingsport, Tennessee, to be dropped. Returning Mets president Sandy Alderson made the announcement Tuesday during a news conference to introduce Steven Cohen, who bought the Mets last week from the Wilpon and Katz families for $2.42 billion. The Syracuse Mets are in the Triple-A International League and St. Lucie has been in the Florida State League, which had been Class A Advanced. It appears St. Lucie will be low Class A next year. Alderson did not give the level for Binghamton and Brooklyn. The Binghamton Rumble Ponies have been in the Double-A Eastern League and the Brooklyn Cyclones in the Class A short season New York-Penn League, which Major League Baseball has targeted for possible elimination as part of the drop of guaranteed minor league affiliations from 160 to 120 next year. Alderson said Brooklyn will be a full-season team. That could mean it would be part of a reformatted high Class A.
    NEW YORK (AP) — Syracuse, Binghampton, Brooklyn and St. Lucie will be the New York Mets’ four minor league affiliates next year, leaving Columbia, South Carolina and Kingsport, Tennessee, to be dropped. Returning Mets president Sandy Alderson made the announcement Tuesday during a news conference to introduce Steven Cohen, who bought the Mets last week from the Wilpon and Katz families for $2.42 billion. The Syracuse Mets are in the Triple-A International League and St. Lucie has been in the Florida State League, which had been Class A Advanced. It appears St. Lucie will be low Class A next year. Alderson did not give the level for Binghampton and Brooklyn. The Binghamton Rumble Ponies have been in the Double-A Eastern League and the Brooklyn Cyclones in the Class A short season New York-Penn League, which Major League Baseball has targeted for possible elimination as part of the drop of guaranteed minor league affiliations from 160 to 120 next year. Alderson said Brooklyn will be a full-season team. That could mean it would be part of a reformatted high Class...
    In California: State sees jump in COVID cases and election parties arent helping The best cheap pasta joints in America If Nets re-sign Joe Harris, what does that mean for Spencer Dinwiddie? Jarrett Allen? Brooklyn GM Sean Marks has said re-signing Joe Harris is the team’s No. 1 offseason priority. It’s going to cost more than $12 million a season to keep one of the game’s best sharpshooters, but it’s worth it to have him next to Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving. © AP Photo/Michael Perez If the Nets bring Harris back, what will that mean for the next guys they want to retain, Spencer Dinwiddie and Jarrett Allen? Both have locked-in contracts for next season, but will be up for paydays the season after that. Dinwiddie — who is owed $11.5 million next season and has a player option for $12.3 million in the 2021-22 season — likely would be part of a trade package as Brooklyn hunts a third star, he’s a solid starting point guard or potential Sixth man of the Year off the bench. Multiple...
    Do the Nets have a realistic chance of acquiring James Harden this offseason? Houston Rockets shooting guard James Harden started to become the subject of trade speculations after the rumors about the Philadelphia 76ers’ desire to acquire him spread in the entire league. The Rockets are yet to make Harden officially available on the trading block but if they surprisingly decide to move him, the Sixers aren’t the only ones who are expected to express a strong interest in adding him, but also the Brooklyn Nets. The Nets may have successfully acquired Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving last summer, but they still aren’t contented with their current roster. While star duos started to become popular among title contenders, the Nets are aiming for something bigger. If Harden becomes available on the market, Andy Bailey of Bleacher Report believes that the Nets will do everything they can to bring him to Brooklyn and form their own Big Three with Durant and Irving in the 2020-21 NBA season. Having three ball-dominant superstars on their roster would definitely be a huge challenge for...
    The Brooklyn Nets have a terrific roster built to compete for the NBA championship next season. Moreover, they hired Steve Nash as the coach, which could very well be the final piece in the puzzle. The two superstars, Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, will lead the team from the front. Additionally, they had both been NBA champions prior to teaming up in Brooklyn. One might wonder, what is the expectation from the team next? Nash spoke about their expectations in a recent interview. “We’re playing for a championship. I don’t want to say anything less than a championship is not a success because you never know what happens in life. You never know the way the ball rolls. Fortune is a big part of winning an NBA championship. “But we are playing for a championship and are going to build accordingly, and we’re gonna frame everything do in the lense of ‘is this a championship characteristic or is this worth championship quality?’ “But other than that, are we growing? Are we striving? Are we pressure-testing? Are we continually asking of...
    Steve Nash will be the next head coach of the Brooklyn Nets. The Hall of Fame point guard and the Nets agreed to a four-year deal for him to take over as the coach replacing interim coach Jacque Vaughn, who took over the role after the team fired Kenny Atkinson earlier in the season, ESPN first reported Thursday. THE NETS HAVE A THIRD-STAR DILEMMA "After meeting with a number of highly accomplished coaching candidates from diverse backgrounds, we knew we had a difficult decision to make," general manager Sean Marks said in a press release. "In Steve, we see a leader, communicator, and mentor who will garner the respect of our players. I have had the privilege to know Steve for many years. One of the great on-court leaders in our game, I have witnessed firsthand his basketball acumen and selfless approach to prioritize team success. His instincts for the game, combined with an inherent ability to communicate with and unite players towards a common goal, will prepare us to compete at the highest levels of the league. We are excited to...
    Gregg Popovich has been linked with the Nets job. Those links aren’t going to get any quieter after the legendary coach reportedly put his house up for sale. The Spurs coach had actually attempted to sell his 9,600 square foot San Antonio abode last year, but pulled it off the market on Jan. 1, 2020. Now according to Outkick it’s been listed again at a reduced price, amid questions of whether the 71-year-old Popovich is coming back to San Antonio next season or he’d consider taking over an instant contender in Brooklyn. For the record, when asked last month if he would be coaching San Antonio next season, Popovich replied “Why wouldn’t I?” And Spurs CEO R.C. Buford recently told CNBC that he’s “under the assumption” Popovich is returning, adding “I don’t know if he’s told Brian (Wright, GM) any differently. Pop’s shown nothing other than how we’re going to build our team for next year.” It’s a massive rebuild, and the Nets have Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving. But imagining Popovich leaving San Antonio is like trying to...
    LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The Brooklyn Nets went down meekly in the playoffs, their decimated roster no competition for the reigning NBA champions. The Nets won’t be overmatched by anyone next season, assuming Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving are healthy. The question going into the offseason is who will lead them. Jacque Vaughn finished out the season as coach and did as well as anyone could have expected, leading the Nets to a 5-3 record in the NBA’s restart in Florida before they were swept by the Toronto Raptors. He started 2-0 after replacing Kenny Atkinson in March, including a victory over the Lakers in Los Angeles, and picked up victories over the powerful Bucks and Clippers at Walt Disney World. “I think if you ask anybody who was a part of JV’s two games before the cutoff and the whole experience here, I think they’ll tell you that he’s very deserving of the job,” guard Caris LeVert said. “He’s done a great job down here winning with less and I think everybody saw that.” With Durant and...
    The mind-boggling battle between the Brooklyn Nets and Portland Trail Blazers came to a conclusion with the Nets losing 134-133. Their loss ended the Phoenix Suns 8-0 run for playoffs and led to the Blazers sealing a spot in the play-in series. This is all thanks to Damian Lillard, who gave record-breaking performances for the team this season. Nobody had any sort of high expectations from the Nets especially with Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving missing. In the wake of their absence, the team rallied together in a bid to clinch a 5-0 performance to make it to the seventh seed of the Eastern Conference. What to expect from the Brooklyn Nets with Kevin Durant? Kevin Durant signed with the franchise last year in July along with incredible dribbler, Kyrie Irving. Unfortunately for the Nets, Durant ruptured his Achilles in Game 5 of the 2019 NBA Finals. To add to this, Kyrie Irving was also ruled out for the season due to an injured shoulder. Both these players did not enter the bubble because of these injuries. On the brighter...
    The Brooklyn Nets may not be currently considered as a legitimate threat in the Eastern Conference, but things are expected to dramatically change once their two main men, Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, return from injury and succeed to regain their All-Star forms. Once a healthy Durant and Irving rejoin their roster, the Nets would undoubtedly turn from an average playoff contender into one of the heavy favorites to bring home the Larry O’Brien Trophy next year. However, while most people are excited two see KD and Uncle Drew play together in Brooklyn, there are some who have concerns about how their return to the court could impact the team’s future in the 2020-21 NBA season. In a recent appearance on Undisputed, which is currently posted on Twitter, Skip Bayless and Shannon Sharpe discussed several topics, including what should be expected of the Nets next year. Though he admitted that the return of Durant and Irving would make the Nets “special,” Sharpe thinks that it could also have a negative effect on Caris LeVert, whom they selected as the No....
    Will Devin Booker join forces with Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant in Brooklyn next season? All-Star Devin Booker may be currently focused on helping the Phoenix Suns earn the final playoff spot in the Western Conference in the Orlando bubble, but rumors have already started to circulate around his future with the team. With their inability to surround him with a quality supporting cast, most people expect him to follow the footsteps of other disgruntled superstars and start finding his way out of Phoenix in the 2020 offseason. Once he becomes officially available on the trading block, several teams who are in dire need of additional star power to contend for the NBA championship title in the 2020-21 NBA season are expected to express a strong interest in acquiring Booker, including the Brooklyn Nets. Since the successful acquisition of Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving last summer, the Nets have been active on the market searching for their third star. They may no longer have enough money to chase another big name in free agency, but they have a plethora of...
    Getty Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant against Knicks Jamal Crawford signing with the Brooklyn Nets is quite underrated according to retired NBA player, Ryan Hollins. J.R. Smith to the Lakers? Jamal Crawford to the Nets? @TheRyanHollins and @bwood_33 break down who they think is the best veteran signing before the NBA restart. pic.twitter.com/8CJUz6PLup — CBS Sports Network (@CBSSportsNet) July 16, 2020 “I’m not going to say he’s just going to light it up for 50 to 60 points a night in the bubble,” Hollins, now a CBS Sports Network analyst told co-host Brendan Haywood on The Opinionated 7-Footers Podcast earlier Thursday. “But, here’s the reality: I’m looking forward. He can build a rapport with his teammates and the front office and then next year, you’re going to have Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and being an amazing locker room guy on top of being a walking bucket that Jamal Crawford is; he can bring some stability to that locker room. The Brooklyn Nets organization, the next year for the Brooklyn Nets is arguably going to be the most...
    The Brooklyn Nets may have succeeded to acquire two legitimate NBA superstars – Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant – last summer, but they don’t seem to be done yet in upgrading their current roster. Though they are yet to see their roster at its full strength, rumors are circulating that the Nets would aggressively pursue quality players that would boost their chances of fully dominating the Eastern Conference and winning the NBA championship title in the 2020-21 NBA season. One of the potential targets for the Nets in the 2020 NBA free agency is veteran power forward Paul Millsap of the Denver Nuggets. In his recent article, Greg Swartz of Bleacher Report created a list of the perfect free agent for every NBA superstar duo. For Irving and Durant in Brooklyn, Swartz believes that Millsap should be on the top of the list of their potential targets in the 2020 NBA free agency. “Millsap is 35 but is still playing at a high level with the Denver Nuggets this season. The team has been 11.4 points per 100 possessions better...
    Jacque Vaughn the favorite ‘against the field’ to coach the Brooklyn Nets next season By: Robbie Stratakos July 5, 2020 Follow ESM On Social Facebook Twitter Youtube Flipboard Instagram ShareTweet0 SharesAmong the many storylines surrounding the Brooklyn Nets is their head-coaching future. Jacque Vaughn took over as interim head coach after Brooklyn and Kenny Atkinson parted ways in March. Vaughn coached two games before the NBA season was suspended and will be traveling to coach the Nets in Walt Disney World later this month. According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Vaughn could be roaming the Nets’ sidelines beyond the summer festivities. On the latest edition of “The Woj Pod,” Wojnarowski said he’d take Vaughn “against the field” to be the Nets head coach next season. “He’s the head coach. They didn’t make him interim coach. I think the Nets are considering the possibility of a search, but I would still give Jacque Vaughn — I would take Jacque Vaughn against the field right now.” Prior to his head-coaching promotion Vaughn was an assistant...
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