Nets Notes: Prince, LeVert, Green, Irving

There are questions about how Nets forward Taurean Prince fits into a 3-and-D role on a team featuring Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving. Despite that, Brooklyn’s front office is not inclined to pursue a salary-dump trade involving Prince, let alone attaching a pick to make it happen, sources told ESPN’s Zach Lowe. Prince is due to make approximately $12.6MM during the upcoming season and another guaranteed $13.3MM in the 2021/22 season before his contract expires. Prince averaged 12.1 PPG and 6.0 RPG during last season but shot just 33.9% from long range.

We have more on the Nets:

  • Caris LeVert is well aware that his name has been bandied about in trade rumors, according to Brian Lewis of the New York Post. LeVert, whose three-year, $52.5MM extension kicks in this season, is often mentioned in rumors involving a third star to join forces with Durant and Irving. “I try not to pay attention to it, but it’s hard when you turn on TV and see certain things, when you turn on your social media and see certain things,” he said. “I just worry about the team, myself, putting in work every day.”
  • Veteran forward Jeff Green has known Durant since childhood and he’s thrilled they’re rejoining forces with the Nets, Lewis writes in a separate story. They played together in Seattle and Oklahoma City. “That’s where the friendship started to build, and then it just continued to build over the years and grow stronger,” said Green. “So I’m excited for this opportunity to play alongside him.”
  • Irving seems to be planning a media blackout this season, as Malika Andrews of ESPN tweets. Rather than doing a press conference heading into camp, Irving issued a statement. He wrote in part, “My goal this season is to let my work on and off the court speak for itself.”
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25 thoughts on “Nets Notes: Prince, LeVert, Green, Irving

  1. harden (mvp),wall, and wood

    Kyrie doesn’t want to answer all the questions about why his Nets are underperforming.

    • Little_Dunker_45

      What better way to ignore the media than by making a major announcement to the press…

    • x%sure

      They’re not underperforming yet, bot. He may not and they may not… even you predicted a winning record and you are biased with resulting flawed predictions.

      He will say he wants his focus to be on the court… That will be hard to do. I suspect mostly he just doesn’t want to bother.

    • KnickerbockerAl

      Really …. He hasn’t even played yet. He played 20 gms with Nets. This is NYC lol. He got choice but to answer questions. Otherwise they will be outside his house waiting on him. You don’t escape or hide from NY media. This ain’t friendly Houston where they will never talk bad about you. Nets will be followed closely this yr be media. It’s why Kyrie and KD came here. They want the attention,

      • buttholesurfer69

        Kyrie had a good stat line in BOS his last year but was a total team cancer and flamed out horribly against MIL in the playoffs. Then he missed most of last year.

        This is prob a media stunt by him but he really does need to bring his A game this year

  2. Sillivan

    Nets have the best bench in the East
    Dinwiddie
    Prince
    Allen
    Shamet
    Green

    Raptors Celtics and 76ers have bad benches

    • Noel1982

      I don’t like their starting lineup as much as nets but the hawks bench is some combo of rondo , Dunn , huerter , hunter, the rookie they took 6 overall and apparently ,gallo

    • harden (mvp),wall, and wood

      Too bad their starting lineup is so bad, otherwise the Nets wouldn’t be stuck competing with the Sixers for the #5 seed with no chance of advancing to the second round (assuming they make the playoffs in the first place).

      • MalikM98

        how is their staring lineup ‘so bad’? I can tell by the way you message, you’re jealous and envious of the nets.

    • I'm a starboy not a Dr...

      So Terrence Davis,Norman Powell, McCaw, Stanley Johnson,Alex Len, Boucher, Mat Thomas is a terrible bench for Toronto??? Interesting.

      • bigguccisosa300

        Hwmvps is extremely salty towards seemingly every team that isn’t the Rockets. It’s pretty funny actually.

  3. xtraflamy
    xtraflamy

    Aren’t NBA players required to have media appearances? Is it part of their contract? I know a lot of them would prefer if they didn’t and a lot of them act as though they are so relieved when it is over, so it has always seemed like it is required.

    • hiflew

      I’m just happy we might not have to listen to any more of Irving’s insane theories.

    • Luke Adams

      Yeah, those media interviews are part of their contracts. I can’t imagine the league will let Kyrie skate on not doing them for too long, but we’ll see.

  4. KnickerbockerAl

    Prince shot .34% 3PT. The nba avg is .35%. How is that bad, these writers kill me. Anything over 35% is considered good. Prince is a 2way player. Solid rotation guy who can start. Nets are expected to challenge for East this yr. There’s enough talent here to do that. They get it together as a team, it can be done.

    • x%sure

      I think the question with Prince’s “3+D” status is the D part. He disappointed with the Hawks in that way too.

      The Nets will likely be amongst the leaders. Whether they get the polish to advance very far, IDK. If injuries mount and they have to rely on Dinwiddie, that would be a good thing.

  5. I'm a starboy not a Dr...

    The “We don’t need a coach and I can coach or KD can coach”! Nets. Sounds like fun with the two top non interested in defense guys in Nash & D’Antoni…

    • phenomenalajs

      I believe I read that Nash’s top assistants for offense and defense (OC and DC, if you will) will be D’Antoni and Vaughn, respectively. If Vaughn can manage to get out of this team on defense what he got out of the roster he had in the bubble, this will be a complete team.

  6. Simmons>Russ

    An easy trade for the Nets is T. Prince for Thad Young.

    Young can play the 4 position which gives KD more minutes at his preferred 3 spot. Thad since moving to Chicago hasn’t played to his usual level but I think he could find his form again with the Nets.
    Young is a good defender, is a solid team player and can space the floor a little. Which is exactly what the Nets need from their starting PF.

    For Chicago it takes away a vet PF and frees up more minutes at the 4 for Markeneen, Williams and Carter Jr who said he wanted more minutes at the 4 too. Prince can be a back up SF behind Porter.

    • phenomenalajs

      It would bring things full circle in a way. The Nets traded him at the start of their rebuild to acquire the Pacers’ draft rights to Caris LeVert.

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