Brooklyn Nets

New York Notes: Crabbe, Starting Lineups, NBA Draft

Newest Nets acquisition Allen Crabbe was limited during the preseason due to an ankle injury. Crabbe missed the first two preseason contests and was relegated to coming off the bench in the final two games. Head coach Kenny Atkinson wants to get Crabbe acclimated to the lineup but is also pleased with how Brooklyn’s highest-paid player has progressed, Brian Lewis of the New York Post writes.

“We still have to integrate Allen Crabbe a little bit. He’s obviously a little behind because he’s been out,” Atkinson said. “We got a good practice in [Friday] and he got a lot of reps. For him it’s just a matter of time. Overall [I’m] pleased.”

Crabbe, 26, had a productive season off the Trail Blazers’ bench last season, averaging 10.7 PPG across 79 games in Portland. Crabbe’s journey to Brooklyn was delayed by one year as the Nets originally issued him an offer sheet that the Trail Blazers matched. Now that he’s in a revamped culture with a revamped roster in Brooklyn, Crabbe’s health will be key to the team’s development.

Below you can check out other news surrounding New York’s two basketball teams:

  • Without a clear defensive big man on the Nets roster, playing with a smaller roster on the floor could spell disaster for the young Brooklyn squad, Lewis writes in a separate story.
  • A knee injury to 19-year-old Frenchman Frank Ntilikina is making the Knicks‘ opening night lineup clearer, Marc Berman of the New York Post writes. Veteran Ramon Sessions will be the likely starting point guard with Tim Hardaway Jr. (shooting guard)  and Courtney Lee (small forward) rounding out the backcourt. Kristaps Porzingis has dealt with his own injury-riddled preseason but should start the season opener in Oklahoma City with Enes Kanter — acquired from the Thunder for Carmelo Anthony — as the center.
  • The Knicks are not expected to contend in 2017/18 so the team should consider its possible options in the 2018 NBA Draft when deciding on plans for this season, Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News opinesMichael Porter Jr., Marvin Bagley III and Luka Dončić will be three highly sought-after targets in next year’s draft. A lowly Knicks team could set its sights on tanking this season in order to secure a draft pick high enough to select one of those youngsters next season.

Nets Waive Tahjere McCall, Kamari Murphy

The Nets have released a pair of preseason signees, Brian Lewis of the New York Post. The club has waived Tahjere McCall and Kamari Murphy, both of whom were signed yesterday.

The hasty turnaround is no surprise, the Nets hold both players’ G League rights so they’ll presumably end up suiting up for the club’s affiliate in Long Island.

Kenny Atkinson Impressed With Rondae Hollis-Jefferson

  • Entering his third season with the Nets, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson has yielded praise from head coach Kenny Atkinson, Greg Joyce of the New York Post writes. “I’ve really been kind of thrilled with his performance and that’s from the first day of training camp,” Atkinson said. “He’s matured. I think he’s more level, even-keeled, I think he’s more consistent. It’ll be huge if he can continue that type of demeanor, that type of approach.

Nets Exercise Options On Three Players

The Nets have exercised team options on three players that make up a substantial part of their young core. The team announced on its website that the 2018/19 options for all of Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, D’Angelo Russell and Caris LeVert have been exercised.

Both Hollis-Jefferson and Russell will be under team control through their fourth seasons, the former having spent the past two years with the squad, the latter arriving in Brooklyn after an offseason trade with the Lakers.

In LeVert’s case, fresh off of his rookie season in Brooklyn, it was his third-year option exercised.

Expect all to see significant time on the court for the Nets in 2017/18 as the franchise claws its way out from a dark chapter in franchise history.

Russell will suit up for the squad having posted 14.2 points per game through two years in Los Angeles. Hollis-Jefferson and LeVert averaged 8.7 and 8.2 points per game in 2016/17, respectively.

Nets Sign Kamari Murphy, Tahjere McCall

2:03pm: The Nets have issued a press release confirming the signing of Murphy and also announcing a deal with another undrafted free agent, rookie guard Tahjere McCall. McCall finished his college career at Tennessee State, averaging 14.3 PPG and 5.1 APG last season.

Both players will likely end up playing for the Long Island Nets. As for Brooklyn, the club is now carrying 19 players.

1:02pm: The Nets have reached an agreement to sign undrafted rookie forward Kamari Murphy, a league source tells Michael Scotto of Basketball Insiders (Twitter link). No corresponding roster move will be necessary, since Brooklyn waived three players on Wednesday.

The signing of Murphy appears to be aimed at gaining his G League rights as an affiliate player. The Brooklyn native, who played for the Nets in Summer League action, will likely be cut by the team before the regular season begins and then would be on track to join the Long Island Nets for the start of the G League season.

Murphy, who spent two seasons at the University of Miami after starting his college career at Oklahoma State, averaged 7.1 PPG and 7.3 RPG in 2016/17.

Nets Make Roster Cuts

The Nets have waived Milton Doyle, Jeremy Senglin and Akil Mitchell, according to a team press release. The team’s roster now sits at 17 players.

Doyle and Senglin each signed partially guaranteed deals with Brooklyn back in August and neither player was expected to make the opening night roster. The duo is expected to head to the Long Island Nets, as the affiliate owns each player’s G-League rights.

Mitchell came to the Nets late last month to round out their training camp roster. The Virginia product may also be heading to the franchise’s G-League affiliate, a team he played for last season.

2017 Offseason In Review: Brooklyn Nets

Hoops Rumors is breaking down the 2017 offseason for all 30 NBA teams, revisiting the summer’s free agent signings, trades, draft picks, departures, and more. We’ll evaluate each team’s moves from the last several months and look ahead to what the 2017/18 season holds for all 30 franchises. Today, we’re focusing on the Brooklyn Nets.

Signings:Tyler Zeller vertical

  • Tyler Zeller: Two years, minimum salary. Second year non-guaranteed.
  • Yakuba Ouattara: Two-way contract. One year. $50K guaranteed.
  • Jacob Wiley: Two-way contract. Two years. $50K guaranteed.

Camp invitees:


Draft picks:

Departing players:

Other offseason news:

Salary cap situation:

  • Operating under the cap, but over the salary floor. Can create up to nearly $5MM in cap room (carrying approximately $94MM in team salary). Room exception ($4.328MM) still available if/when cap room used.

Check out the Brooklyn Nets’ full roster and depth chart at

Story of the summer:

Rebuilding the Nets’ roster has been a slow and challenging process, due in large part to the 2013 trade that gave the Celtics control of several of Brooklyn’s future first-round picks. Heading into the 2017 offseason, the Nets at least owned the Celtics’ pick as a result of a pick swap, and they held the Wizards’ first-rounder as well. But those selections both fell in the 20s — the Nets’ own pick, held by Boston, landed at No. 1 overall.

Refusing to dwell on the fact that a trade made by the old regime cost the present-day Nets a chance to draft a possible franchise player, Brooklyn’s current management group made the most of the assets at its disposal as the team sought out an impact guy. This meant leveraging the Nets’ remaining draft picks and cap room in trades with the Lakers, Raptors, and Trail Blazers to secure rotation players, future picks, and one potential star.

Given their limited assets, the Nets weren’t able to transform the roster from bottom-dweller to legit contender over the summer, but the front office did impressive work this offseason adding talent while maintaining future flexibility. By the time Brooklyn regains control of its own first-round pick in 2019, the club should be well on its way to building a roster capable of returning to the playoffs.

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Poll: Brooklyn Nets’ 2017/18 Win Total

It has been a tough couple years for the Nets, who have lost a total of 123 games since the start of the 2015/16 campaign. Brooklyn’s 41 wins during that time wouldn’t even have been enough to surpass the .500 mark if they’d come in a single season.

Still, there are some reasons for optimism in Brooklyn, as fans start to glimpse the light at the end of the tunnel. The Nets used their cap flexibility to acquire some assets this offseason, most notably acquiring D’Angelo Russell from the Lakers. The franchise has lost its own lottery picks to Boston in recent years, but the Nets essentially got one back in Russell – 2015’s second overall pick – for their willingness to take on Timofey Mozgov‘s unwieldy contract.

While longtime Nets mainstay Brook Lopez departed in that trade with the Lakers, the team has added some other interesting pieces, with Allen Crabbe, DeMarre Carroll, and rookie Jarrett Allen among the new players entering the mix. The roster still isn’t exactly brimming with transcendent talent, but GM Sean Marks and head coach Kenny Atkinson have worked hard to build a positive culture in Brooklyn as the team takes small steps forward.

Oddsmakers are forecasting a step forward in the standings this season, with offshore betting site Bovada putting the Nets’ over/under for 2017/18 at 27.5 wins. Brooklyn would have to improve by eight games over last season to beat that projection, which will be a tall task without Lopez, the club’s leading scorer. But the Nets’ competition in the Eastern Conference makes the number a realistic target.

What do you think? Will the Nets finish among the NBA’s bottom-feeders again, or will this be the season that the team starts its climb up the standings, winning 28 or more games? Vote below in our poll and weigh in with your thoughts in the comment section!

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Previous over/under voting results:

Western Conference:

  1. Golden State Warriors: Over 67.5 (53.57%)
  2. Houston Rockets: Over 55.5 (65.57%)
  3. San Antonio Spurs: Over 54.5 (67.74%)
  4. Oklahoma City Thunder: Over 50.5 (71.77%)
  5. Minnesota Timberwolves: Over 48.5 (55.69%)
  6. Denver Nuggets: Under 45.5 (50.44%)
  7. Los Angeles Clippers: Over 43.5 (60.7%)
  8. Portland Trail Blazers: Over 42.5 (56.3%)
  9. Utah Jazz: Over 41.5 (55.94%)
  10. New Orleans Pelicans: Over 39.5 (65.26%)
  11. Memphis Grizzlies: Over 37.5 (53.43%)
  12. Dallas Mavericks: Under 35.5 (54.95%)
  13. Los Angeles Lakers: Over 33.5 (50.4%)
  14. Phoenix Suns: Over 28.5 (50.41%)

Eastern Conference:

  1. Boston Celtics: Over 55.5 (63.5%)
  2. Cleveland Cavaliers: Over 53.5 (68.82%)
  3. Toronto Raptors: Over 48.5 (64.21%)
  4. Washington Wizards: Over 47.5 (71.29%)
  5. Milwaukee Bucks: Over 47.5 (63.88%)
  6. Miami Heat: Over 43.5 (55.39%)
  7. Charlotte Hornets: Over 42.5 (51.07%)
  8. Philadelphia 76ers: Under 41.5 (53.37%)
  9. Detroit Pistons: Over 38.5 (51.95%)
  10. Orlando Magic: Under 33.5 (75.24%)
  11. Indiana Pacers: Under 31.5 (54.85%)
  12. New York Knicks: Under 30.5 (57.87%)

Spencer Dinwiddie Makes Strides Over Summer

  • Heading into his fourth season and second with the Nets, second-round pick Spencer Dinwiddie has slowly started to make a name for himself. Brooklyn head coach Kenny Atkinson sees what the guard is capable of and wants to get him more minutes in 2017/18. “As well as he is developing, I’m really excited about him,” Atkinson told Alex Squadron of the New York Post. “I think he’s going to have a really good year.”
  • Recently acquired forward Allen Crabbe finally made his debut for the Nets. As Brian Lewis of the New York Post writes, Brooklyn had been looking to bring Crabbe aboard for a while now, stretching all the way back to last offseason.
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