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Nets new two-way deals better bets for long-time development

Nets new two-way deals better bets for long-time development

In the past three weeks, the Nets decided to dump the two two-way deals they signed in the summer and replace them with two other players. And there will be no new deals. NBA teams can’t sign any new two-way contracts now that the January 15 deadline for two-way deals has passed. Out are Jacob Wiley, a 6’8” power forward who proved to be a better athlete than basketball player and Yakuba Ouattara, a 6’4” guard who has been incapacitated with a leg injury. Ouattara was re-signed by Long Island after being waived but to a standard G-League deal. No word on Wiley. In are Milton...
Jan 21, 2018
Nets two-ways lead Long Island to second straight nail-biter win

Nets two-ways lead Long Island to second straight nail-biter win

Milton Doyle and newly signed James Webb III, Brooklyn’s two-way contracts, scored 43 of Long Island’s 103 points as the Long Island Nets beat the Lakeland Magic by one at Nassau Coliseum. It was the Nets second close win in two nights, having beaten Delaware by two on an Isaiah Whitehead buzzer-beater on Friday. The game was a breakout for Webb, who scored 20 points, grabbed 10 rebounds, hit 5-of-10 from deep and came away with three steals as well. It was his third double-double of the season and his first as a member of the Nets. Webb, listed at 6’9” (he says 6’10”) has...
Jan 20, 2018
Any Nets All-Stars? Nope, but Zeller and Okafor got votes

Any Nets All-Stars? Nope, but Zeller and Okafor got votes

No Nets made the cut for the All-Star starters, but fans did their best in trying to get them to Los Angeles. The Spencer Dinwiddie #NBAVote campaign produced 30,782 votes, second most on the team. D’Angelo Russell got 8,000 more and Jeremy Lin, despite huge Asian fan base, secured 200 fewer than his back-up. Quincy Acy was the only other Net to get more than 10,000 fan votes. He finished with more than 12,000, mystifying some Nets fans! I really voted 12,000 times? pic.twitter.com/Y7mXlgpJcs— tommy (@TWSnyderman) January 20, 2018 Of course, the all-star tally was based on more...
Jan 20, 2018
Whitehead hits game winner in D-League thriller, ending Long Island losing streak

Whitehead hits game winner in D-League thriller, ending Long Island losing streak

The Brooklyn Nets win over the Miami Heat wasn’t the only thriller Friday night in Nets Land. Isaiah Whitehead hit a runner in the lane with 0.3 seconds remaining to give the Long Island Nets a 112-110 win over the Delaware 87ers in Newark, Delaware. The win ended Long Island’s six-game losing streak. Long Island, now 15-13, won because of stellar backcourt play. Whitehead, on assignment from the Nets finished with 21 points on 10-of-18 shooting while Milton Doyle, one of the Nets two two-way contracts, had 26 on 10-of-25 shooting. Doyle also hit four 3-pointers. Akil Mitchell, the...
Jan 19, 2018
DLo and Dinwiddie: Nets promoting D2 backcourt

DLo and Dinwiddie: Nets promoting D2 backcourt

In interviews carried on the Nets website Friday, both D’Angelo Russell and Spencer Dinwiddie talked about how their pairing in the Nets backcourt. “Sky is the limit,” exulted Russell. “How about Spencer man? He’s been amazing,” Russell told Brooklynnets.com. “For him to go through the adversity that he’s been throughout his career and come in here, step up and be one of our main guys, I salute him too. “I’m looking forward to getting out there with him. Getting my sweat back and having a guy like him, of his caliber, right next to you. I think the sky is the...
Jan 18, 2018
D’Angelo Russell listed as ‘probable’ for Heat Friday

D’Angelo Russell listed as ‘probable’ for Heat Friday

Two months to the day since his surgery to remove loose bodies in his left knee, D’Angelo Russell got the word that he’s likely to the return to the Nets line-up vs. Miami on Friday night. Russell is officially listed as “probable” for the game. The 6’5” guard went down on November 11 vs. Utah, then after further examination, needed arthroscopic surgery on his knee six days later. The Nets did not say at the time how long recovery and rehab would take, but later, Sean Marks suggested it would be six to eight weeks. Thursday is the eight-week anniversary of the surgery,...
Jan 18, 2018
James Webb III scores 15 in Long Island debut, but Nets lose to Knicks

James Webb III scores 15 in Long Island debut, but Nets lose to Knicks

The Long Island Nets had Milton Doyle, Isaiah Whitehead and their new two-way contract, James Webb III, but despite double-digit scoring from them and Jeremy Senglin, Brooklyn’s affiliate lost to the Westchester Knicks Wednesday in the Battle of the ‘Burbs. Westchester (20-10) has won twice as many games as it has lost, securing its spot at the top of the league for another night with a 98-90 win over Long Island (14-13). Then Nets’ affiliate has now lost six straight. New York Knicks assignee Damyean Dotson had a career best G League performance with a game-high 27 points, just...
Jan 17, 2018
Joe Harris loves the Nets organization, his coach and where he is

Joe Harris loves the Nets organization, his coach and where he is

The trade winds are buffeting Joe Harris, mainly because he’s become a valuable commodity, a young, confident shooter who increasingly can do other things. He can hit the three, is finishing at a high rate and become a reliable rebounder and defender. But the 26-year-old Harris, whose contract expires in June, left little doubt in an interview published Tuesday where he wants to be and who he wants to be with. “I’ve been enjoying being here and being a part of a good organization,” Harris told the Charlottesville Progress, home of the University of Virginia, his alma mater. “I...
Jan 16, 2018
Power Rankings: A shoutout to Dinwiddie fans and a trip down Memory Lane

Power Rankings: A shoutout to Dinwiddie fans and a trip down Memory Lane

Power rankings are a bit difficult nowadays as we’ve noted. Instead of all coming out on Monday morning, they’re spread out over days. So we wait now until Tuesday now to post them. But this week, there are some highlights, starting with a special appearance by Marc Stein, who for years did the weekly power rankings for ESPN. He’s now at the New York Times and for old times’ sake, he did a one-time mid-season report. He did have the best line of the week to describe the Nets, “They play so annoyingly hard.” And Kenny Ducey of Sports Illustrated gave a shoutout to the...
Jan 16, 2018
Atkinson, Dinwiddie talk Russell’s return, which will be SO:ON

Atkinson, Dinwiddie talk Russell’s return, which will be SO:ON

It’s getting kind of tired, but ... Not N:0W but S0:0N. D’Angelo Russell participated in his second practice with the Long Island Nets on Monday, and will participate in a short practice during Wednesday’s morning shootaround with the Nets ahead of their game against the Spurs at 7:30 p.m. Russell will be inactive for Wednesday’s game against the Spurs, but his return is imminent. Here were Kenny Atkinson’s exact words from Tuesday post a light team practice, which Russell did not participate in as part of the plan. “He will practice in our shootaround tomorrow a little,”...
Jan 16, 2018
ESPN’s Kevin Pelton: Nets should ‘sell high’ on Spencer Dinwiddie, Joe Harris

ESPN’s Kevin Pelton: Nets should ‘sell high’ on Spencer Dinwiddie, Joe Harris

Kevin Pelton, the ESPN trade maven, thinks it’s time for the Nets to sell high and take some profits on their development projects, suggesting that Spencer Dinwiddie and Joe Harris, both of whom blossomed with the Nets, could reap big returns if the Nets marketed them. Pelton thinks Dinwiddie, with his good numbers and great contract, might be able to fetch a pick in the 15 to 20 range of this year’s draft. As for Harris, he says the shooting guard’s development, while not as flashy as Dinwiddie, is real. He doesn’t suggest an asking price but notes that the Nets would still have...
Jan 16, 2018
Sean Marks: D’Angelo Russell, Jahlil Okafor have matured since joining Nets

Sean Marks: D’Angelo Russell, Jahlil Okafor have matured since joining Nets

In a wide ranging, pregame interview Monday with WFAN’s Chris Carlin, Bart Scott and Maggie Gray, Sean Marks talked about how his two big acquisitions this season, D’Angelo Russell and Jahlil Okafor, have matured since joining Brooklyn. But at the same time, the big theme, as it has been for the last two years, is that the Nets are at the beginning of their rebuild and the fanbase will have to be patient. “We know we have a long, long way to go here,” he told the Afternoon Drive hosts. Regarding the two 2015 lottery picks, Carlin asked if he’s seen a new maturity level from...
Jan 15, 2018
Nets sign James Webb III of Delware 87ers to two-way deal

Nets sign James Webb III of Delware 87ers to two-way deal

The Nets have signed James Webb III, a 6’9” power forward, to a two-way contract. Webb had been playing for the Delaware 87ers in the G-League, where he was averaging 11.6 points and 6.7 rebounds while shooting 37 percent from beyond the arc Shams Charania broke the news in a tweet. Sources: The Brooklyn Nets are signing forward James Webb III of G League's Delaware on a two-way contract.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) January 15, 2018 A league source said Brooklyn is dropping Jacob Wiley. Webb went undrafted out of Boise State in 2016. Draft Express said of him... ”[Webb]...
Jan 15, 2018
Nets not giving up on playoffs ... not now, not yet

Nets not giving up on playoffs ... not now, not yet

Count this as our mid-season report, where they stand: a tough team trying to learn how to win but with hopes of making it to the post-season. As Martin Luther King Day dawned, the Nets were six games out of the playoffs with 40 to go, 11 games to go. It would seem that the post-season would be out of the picture, particularly since they aren’t on any sort of winning streak. They’re 4-6 in their last 10. But don’t tell that to the Nets. They still quietly harbor hopes of turning it around, noting that arguably their best player, D’Angelo Russell, is days away from coming back and...
Jan 14, 2018
Nets to finally apply for DPE on Jeremy Lin Monday

Nets to finally apply for DPE on Jeremy Lin Monday

Brian Lewis reports that the Nets will finally apply for a disabled player exception (DPE) on Jeremy Lin Monday, the deadline for DPE applications. The DPE will give the Nets an additional $6 million in cap space to play with at the February 8 deadline or before. The #Nets will file with the #NBA for an Disabled Player Exception for Jeremy Lin before tomorrow's deadline, according to a source. @jlin7— Brian Lewis (@NYPost_Lewis) January 14, 2018 DPE applications usually take about a week to clear the NBA league medical office. However, there are several restrictions on the DPE,...

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