The Washington Wizards have wasted no time in bolstering up their depth charts after losing Trevor Ariza in free agency to the Houston Rockets. The Wizards have engaged in talks with veteran small forward Paul Pierce to replace the gap left by Ariza. The news was broken earlier this evening by ESPN’s Marc Stein via Twitter.
BROOKLYN — One season after the Jason Kidd experiment failed in bizarre fashion, the Brooklyn Nets introduced the man the franchise should have hired in the first place. Lionel Hollins isn’t here for power struggles, whether they be with staff members, GM Billy King or ownership. He’s here to coach. “I’m a basketball coach,” Hollins said. “I don’t want to do Billy’s job. I don’t want to do anybody else’s job in the organization but the one that I’m hired to do
Over the past season with the Brooklyn Nets, Shaun Livingston surprisingly proved to be a very valuable commodity as a combo-guard on both ends of the floor. He had the unique ability to see plays develop with the ball in his hands – something he always had coming into the league as an 18-year-old – but perhaps more importantly, showed that he is a little too tall (6’7″) and long (wingspan of 6’11″) for most guards in the NBA to handle.
Free agency began at midnight Eastern time today, and the rumors and reports will come in like an avalanche on the Internet and social media. But how much guaranteed money does your team actually have on its books for next season? You can find out in this trusty little chart right here:
With many around the league waiting for free agency to kick off at midnight, whether curious to see what happens with LeBron James, Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade and Carmelo Anthony—all of whom opted out of their contracts in hopes of competing for NBA championships—or waiting to see what teams establish themselves as 2014-15 contenders, some teams are already making moves. Enter the Milwaukee Bucks and Brooklyn Nets. As you’ve likely heard by now, the Bucks have agreed to trade two second-round draft
Jason Kidd didn’t just burn a bridge with the Nets. He basically set it ablaze with an entire gas station’s fuel supply. Once groomed to be the face of the franchise, Kidd will now have all his images removed from Barclays Center – perhaps even his retired jersey hanging from the rafters.
BROOKLYN NETS 2014-15 Free Agents: F-C Andray Blatche, C Jason Collins 2014 Draft Picks: G Markel Brown, G Xavier Thames, F Cory Jefferson Draft Picks Coming: 2019 second round (from Milwaukee) Draft Picks Going: 2015 first round (to Atlanta, swap); 2016 first round (to Boston); 2016 second round (to LA Clippers, swap); 2017 first round (to Boston, swap); 2017 second round (to Atlanta); 2018 first round (to Boston) Trade Exceptions: None Over/Under: Over the apron Amnesty Provision: Used on Travis Outlaw (2011) Stretch Provision: Available SALARIESPLAYER 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18Joe Johnson $23,180,000 $24,890,000 Deron Williams $19,760,000 $21,040,000 $22,330,000Brook Lopez $15,720,000 $16,740,000Kevin Garnett $12,000,000Jarrett Jack $6,300,000 $6,300,000 $6,300,000Mirza Teletovic $3,370,000Andrei Kirilenko $3,330,000 B. Bogdanovic $3,280,000 $3,430,000 $3,570,000Sergey Karasev $1,530,000 $1,600,000 $2,450,000 $3,490,000Mason
In what should have been a quiet Saturday evening around the NBA, was anything but as news spread that Brooklyn Nets head coach Jason Kidd has permission to speak with the Milwaukee Bucks about a potential role. The news was first reported by Tim Bontemps of the New York Post. After denying Jason Kidd’s demand to oversee basketball operations, Nets have given Bucks permission to speak to him: http://t.co/vVxb7YxkGn The news comes as a surprise for several reasons, the most glaring being