Nets waive Ware

The Nets waived guard Casper Ware Saturday, a day after acquiring him from Philadelphia (Nets, Oct. 25).

Ware appeared in nine games for the 76ers last season as a rookie out of Long Beach State, averaging 5.3 points ain 12.9 minutes per game. The move brings the Nets roster to 15 players.

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Nets, Sixers swap Teague for Ware

UPDATE, Oct 24: The Nets and Sixers have completed the deal. The Nets will acquire Casper Ware in exchange for Teague and a second round pick in 2019.

The Nets will waive Ware to pare the roster down to 15 players.

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Did Marquis Teague just become the Sixers second-best player? I think he may have.

Joking about the Sixers’ brutal roster aside, here’s the reality of the deal: Teague’s contract was guaranteed, Ware’s was not. So the Nets don’t have to pay Ware after cutting him, which they would have had to do for Teague. They do have to surrendered a second rounder in 2019 to earn that right. That pick is one of the second rounders the Nets got for letting Jason Kidd go to Milwaukee. So, all in all, this is just a space and money saving deal.


Oct 23: The Nets are discussing trading Marquis Teague to the 76ers, according to Adrian Wojnarowski (Oct. 23).

“The Nets wouldn’t receive anything of significance in return for Teague,” according to the report.

Teague played in 21 games last season, averaging 3.0 points, 1.4 assists and 1.0 rebounds per game.

The Nets acquired Teague from the Bulls in exchange for Toko Shengelia.

Hollins thinks Lopez will play in the opener, but why rush it?

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Lionel Hollins told reporters on Friday that he believes Brook Lopez will be ready for the Nets’ season opener in Boston this coming Wednesday. But there’s absolutely no reason to rush the center back from his latest foot injury, and I hope Brooklyn is smart enough to take the proper precautions.

Sure, having Lopez in the Opening Night lineup would make Nets fans feel better. The sprain Lopez suffered on his surgically-repaired right foot when it was stepped on in the Nets’ third preseason game in China was only slated to keep Lopez out two weeks. Still, there’s so much at stake for Brook that rushing him back for a moral victory makes little sense.brook back in

The Nets need Lopez to be effective to have a chance to compete. Expectations are all across the board for the Nets this year, from not one general manager picking them to make the Finals, to Jeff Van Gundy choosing them as a top four seed in the East. Most of that volatility to tied to how healthy Lopez stays, and missing one game to start the year isn’t the end of the Nets’ world. A re-aggravation or further injury could be.

That said, just because Lopez sits down for a game or two doesn’t mean that he won’t get hurt. It’s a crapshoot either way. You can’t predict injuries, but you can do your best to be preventative so problems don’t occur.

I think the Nets would also benefit from getting a glimpse into what they have in terms of depth. Give Mirza Televotic, or Mason Plumlee, or Andrei Kirilenko a shot to start. You might want to get an idea of what life without Lopez would look like should Brook never fully recover from this latest foot surgery, which — let’s not kid ourselves — in a very real possibility.

To me, I think the best play is to have Lopez sit out the first two games of the season. Maybe participate fully in the walk through on November 1 to see how he feels. Then, if his foot responds well, have him take the floor for the first time in Brooklyn in front of a home town crowd, where’s he’s comfortable.

The Nets aren’t going to get into trouble here by being overly concerned. And with two teams that failed to win 30 games apiece occupying their first two match ups, I think it might be prudent to air on the side of caution. We’ll see what way the decide to play it.

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Nets exercise third year options on Plumlee, Karasev

The Nets have exercised the third year options on both Mason Plumlee and Sergey Karasev, the team announced today.

Both players were first round picks in 2013. Karasev was selected 19th overall by Cleveland, Plumlee was taken three picks later by the Nets.

In Karasev’s rookie season, he averaged 7.1 minutes over 22 games for the Cavs. He shot 34.3 percent from the field, 21.1 percent from deep.

Plumlee played in 70 games, starting 22 of those contests. He averages 7.4 points, 4.4 rebounds, 0.8 blocks, and 18.2 minutes per game.

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This was essentially a formality, but it should make Nets fans feel warm and fuzzy about their future. Plumlee has developed into a steal after being picked 22nd, and some scouts say Karasev could have been a top five pick in this past season’s NBA draft, one that was noted as being extremely deep. Each of these two players has a lot to prove in the coming months, but the Nets hope they’ll be in the fold in Brooklyn as two very productive pieces of this club for a long, long time. I’m excited to see their continued development.

Nets waive Willie Reed

The Nets have waived Willie Reed, the team said.

Reed has never played in an NBA game, but scored 9.2 points and 5.6 rebounds in 20 minutes per game for the Pacers Summer League team this year.

The team must make one more cut before the season starts.

The Nets have been Joe Johnson’s team

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If given the choice, wouldn’t we all stay home from work for a day if our employer said it was OK? I know I would. I’d kick up my feet, sit over my morning coffee and operate without a care in the world. Joe Johnson could have done something similar Wednesday night, but he didn’t. That says a lot about whose team that has been the last two seasons.

In their preseason finale, the Nets went with a starting lineup of Marquis Teague, Alan Anderson, Cory Jefferson, Sergey Karasev and Mason Plumlee. The stars — Deron Williams, Kevin Garnett, Johnson and company — would all get the night off. Most did not make the trip to Boston (and we’ll give Garnett a pass since he’s been recovering from a stomach bug), but one did. That’s Johnson, who told reporters he wanted to be there for moral support.joe johnson three

It might not sound like a big deal, a multi-million dollar athlete taking a four-hour ride to simply be there for his team. For the common man, it seems like  the least he could do, right? But let’s acknowledge that Johnson is anything but common. Not many players with 13 years of NBA experience and more than $150 million in earnings would care about phoning it in when they’ve already been given permission to do so. But Johnson did care. He was on the bench to watch 2014 draft pick Jefferson get key minutes, Plumlee continue to harness the momentum of his potentially career-defining summer and a rare start for the 20-year-old Karasev. It speaks volumes about Johnson as a teammate, and puts into perspective who this team has belonged to over the last two years.

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Game Recap: Celtics 100 – Nets 86

Recap: The Nets fell to the Celtics on Wednesday night in Boston.


Need to Know: Mason Plumlee led the way for the Nets with 15 points and 11 rebounds.

Mirza Teletovic, Jorge Gutierrez, Cory Jefferson and Marquis Teague also scored in double figures for Brooklyn. Teletovic racked up 15 points, Gutierrez scored 12, Jefferson notched 11, and Teague had 10.


Links: Recap | Box Score | Play by Play


What’s Next: The Nets open the regular season on Wednesday, October 29 in Boston against the Celtics at 7:30 p.m.