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Chris McCullough gets Mason Plumlee’s old number

Nets first round draft pick Chris McCullough will wear number 1.

McCullough will take the jersey number from the recently-traded Mason Plumlee.

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, who was selected by the Blazers and acquired in the Plumlee trade, will wear number 24.

The Nets newest draft night acquisitions can be seen trying on their jerseys for the first time on a Twitter video posted by the team here.


Anderson expected to opt out of contract

Alan Anderson is expected to opt out of the final year of his contract and become a free agent, Mike Mazzeo reports (June 29).

Monday was the deadline for Anderson to advise the Nets of his decision.

Anderson, who had arthroscopic surgery on his ankle in mid May, is expected to be able to resume basketball activities in July.

It was reported last season that the Nets were interested in retaining Anderson.

In 74 games this past season for the Nets, Anderson averaged 7.4 points, 2.8 rebounds, and 1.1 assists in 23.6 minutes per game.

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In my time covering this team, Anderson has become one of my favorites. He’s such a consummate professional. Not only does he do whatever is asked of him, he keeps himself so prepared and focused that he’s capable of taking over a game on any given night. Look no further than this postseason’s performances with the Nets as evidence of that.

I think Anderson likes the situation here in Brooklyn, and Billy King wants Anderson back, so I’d be surprised if they didn’t work out a deal. That said, it also wouldn’t shock me if someone (specifically in the Eastern Conference) swooped in with a big offer to bring in Alan to beef up their bench. He’s the type of player that can really add a ton of value to a contender’s bench, and I think he’ll have more than a few suitors.


Nets, Grizzlies discussed Joe Johnson trade

The Nets and Memphis Grizzlies have discussed a Joe Johnson swap, according to reporter Marc Stein, but no deal is likely (June 29).

Stein wrote that a deal couldn’t get done with the Grizzlies, the Nets believe they will be able to deal Johnson this offseason (June 29).

Johnson averaged 14.4 points, 3.7 assists and 4.8 rebounds per game last season for Brooklyn.

The 33-year-old has a $24 million deal for next season.

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I’ve been saying for months that Johnson is the most likely to go, and it’s simply because his deal is expiring. Johnson could be a huge coup for any contender who is close. The salary is the big factor, but if the Nets’ trade partner is willing to take on part, or all, of it, it’s a no-brainer for both sides.

If the Nets can shed themselves of all of Joe’s $24 million, they have to take whatever they can get. Johnson has been good in a Nets uniform, but he showed serious signs of a decline this past season, and Brooklyn needs to try to stay away from repeat tax offender status. Johnson’s days in the borough certainly seemed like they’re numbered.

Mar 14, 2015; Hartford, CT, USA; Connecticut Huskies guard Ryan Boatright (11) reacts after his three point basket against the Tulsa Golden Hurricane in the first half during the semifinal round of the American Conference Tournament at XL Center. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

Nets sign UConn’s Boatright

The Brooklyn Nets signed former UConn guard Ryan Boatright on Saturday.

Boatright, 22, played in 130 games during his four-year career in Storrs.

He averaged 17.4 points, 4.1 rebounds and 3.8 assists in his senior season for the Huskies.


Apr 1, 2015; New York, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez (11) high fives small forward Thaddeus Young (30) after hitting the go-ahead shot against the New York Knicks with two second left during the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. The Nets defeated the Knicks 100-98. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Nets could re-sign Lopez, Young

The Nets are reportedly “frontrunners” to re-sign Brook Lopez and Thaddeus Young, according to Adrian Wojnarowski (June 26).

Lopez and Young both opted out of the final years of their contracts to become unrestricted free agents.

Nets GM Billy King has stated that he would like to bring both players back to Brooklyn.

Lopez is reportedly seeking a three-year, $60 million deal, while Young could be looking for a four-year, $48 million contract, Wojnarowski reported.

The Nets and the two players can being negotiating on July 1.

Brian Erni

I’m still not sure I understand the wisdom of signing these players to those kinds of contracts when it will push the Nets over the luxury tax threshold and prohibit them from making serious plays next offseason when the salary cap is set to explode. Still, it seems like this is the reality for Brooklyn. 

Don’t get me wrong, I like both players. But when four players on your roster are accounting for the majority of your cap figure, it’s not a good look. Billy King, though, doesn’t seem to be concerned, so I’ll continue to believe that the Nets will get both done until I hear and see otherwise.


King gets an ‘A’ for his 2015 Draft

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I’ve been rough on the Nets’ plan to move forward this season, but I have some renewed optimism. Why? Because Billy King and his staff put in grade A effort and walked away from the 2015 Draft the best they possibly could have.

In Chris McCullough, the Nets get a player that never would have been available at 29 without the ACL injury. He has great speed for his size, is very good in transition, and worked extremely well to adapt to coach Jim Boeheim’s system. He’s teachable, big, and agile. That’s a lethal combination. Not to mention, he wants to be here in New York. He told reporters he watched every Nets game last season. Provided he has no issues bouncing back from the knee injury, he’s a diamond in the rough.mccullough

Then, things got interesting. Full disclosure: I’m a big Mason Plumlee fan. Still, I really like this swap with Portland that netted Brooklyn Rondae Hollis-Jefferson. The Nets desperately need wing players who can play defense, and Hollis-Jefferson is just that. I truly believe the Arizona product can be a shutdown defender in this league, and — as Brooklyn tries to turn over their roster from their aging core — that is absolutely their biggest need.

“Look out Brooklyn, here I come,” Hollis-Jefferson said in a message to Nets fans. “You can’t hide, you can’t run. I’m coming, baby!”

We’re ready for you, Rondae! To read more of this story, click here

Apr 25, 2015; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Atlanta Hawks center Al Horford (15) defends against Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez (11) during second half in game three of the first round of the NBA Playoffs at Barclays Center. The Brooklyn Nets won 91-86. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

Lopez tells Nets he will opt out

Nets center Brook Lopez told GM Billy King he will opt out of the final year of his contract and become an unrestricted free agent (June 26, 1:01 a.m.).

Nets executives believed Lopez, who would have earned $16.7 million next season in his player option, would opt out several months ago (April 7).

Lopez, 27, averaged 17.2 points and 7.4 rebounds in 72 regular season games.

The 7-foot, 275-pound center has spent his entire seven-year career with the Nets since being drafted in 2008.

Brian Erni

This comes as no surprise, though now the pressure is on to re-sign Lopez. After Thursday night’s flurry of activity, Mason Plumlee is a Blazer, so it’s either Lopez or bust at center for Brooklyn.

Of the two opt-outs, I’ve always been more open to bringing back Lopez than Thad Young. But Lopez comes with his caveats, too, the most notable being his surgically-repaired foot. Obviously, Lopez was fantastic to finish the season, but I feel like the specter of re-aggravating that injury is always going to be looming. If the Nets commit big money to him again, it’s a roll of the dice, no doubt.