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Kirilenko: Nets motivated to prove doubters wrong

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Paul Pierce is gone to the Wizards, meaning the Nets lost the guy who swatted Kyle Lowry’s potential game-winning floater, preserving their scintillating Game 7 series-clinching victory over the Raptors in the first round.

Kevin Garnett, who turned 38 in May, will be coming off his worst statistical season since his rookie year in Minnesota.

They’re counting heavily on the production...

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Lionel Hollins: Nets expecting 'big things' from Plumlee

Nets' forward/center Mason Plumlee shoots a free throw

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Lionel Hollins sure is pleased with the way things are lining up for Mason Plumlee, knowing just how much the big man’s offseason development will greatly benefit the Nets.

Earlier this week, Plumlee was officially added to USA Basketball’s 2014-16 national team roster and was named as one of the 16 finalists for this year’s World Cup Team. Plumlee seems to have a legitimate shot at making...

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Bojan Bogdanovic finally inks deal with Nets

Anadolu Efes' Bojan Bogdanovic scores a basket during

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The Nets' International Man of Mystery finally is coming abroad.

In a move three years in the making, the Nets offically signed Bojan Bogdanović on Tuesday, adding their 2011 second-round pick to the mix. Bogdanović, 25, reportedly was inked to a three-year deal for the taxpayer's midlevel exception of $10 million.

A 6-8 forward with a serious scoring knack, the Croatian played with...

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With Kidd gone, Nets looking closely at Lionel Hollins

Memphis Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins shouts during the

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Billy King isn’t wasting much time in his quest to find a new coach.

With Jason Kidd officially now in Milwaukee as the Bucks coach, the Nets general manager already began the replacement process, meeting with Lionel Hollins.

King, along with assistant general managers Bobby Marks and Frank Zanin, had dinner with the ex-Grizzlies coach Monday night and King said...

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Markel Brown: 'I see myself being like a Westbrook'

Oklahoma State's Markel Brown dunks against Utah Valley

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Markel Brown can easily recall the first time he pogo-sticked high enough to throw down his first clean dunk, enjoying the benefits of a vertical leap that’s now reached 45.5 inches.

“In ninth grade in high school,” Brown said on a conference call Friday. “It was probably the weakest dunk of my life, but I was so happy when it happened. It just started something big for me.

“I take pride...

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Nets unveil plans for Brooklyn training facility

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With a picturesque view of the lower Manhattan skyline glistening through the windows not far from him, Billy King was on a podium inside a building on 39th street in Brooklyn when he summed up what this officially announcement meant.

“This will be the only team to play and practice in New York,” the Nets general manager surmised Thursday, “because there's another team that doesn't do that.”

After...

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Andrei Kirilenko opts in

Andrei Kirilenko is defended by Raptors guard DeMar

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Andrei Kirilenko is coming back for another season in Brooklyn.

The versatile forward opted into the second year of his contract, according to a league source. Kirilenko, who's scheduled to earn $3.3 million, was a vital cog for the Nets when healthy, playing and defending multiple positions.

Kirilenko missed 37 games, the second most on the team -- trailing only Brook Lopez's 56. He...

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Andray Blatche officially opts out

Andray Blatche of the Nets dunks the ball

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Andray Blatche is officially about to hit the market.

The 6-11 big man has opted out of the final year of his two-year deal, allowing him to become an unrestricted free agent, according to his agent Andy Miller. It's an expected move given Blatche, who was scheduled to pocket $1.43 million in base salary next season, said in May that he intended to test the free agent waters come July 1.

In...

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Deron Williams' ankle surgery successful

Brooklyn Nets' Deron Williams sitting alone before the

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Deron Williams' road to recovery will begin with him on crutches for the next month-plus.

The Nets announced Tuesday that their starting point guard underwent successful surgery on both ankles. Williams is expected to be on crutches for the next four to six weeks, beginning light basketball activities in August before ramping things up to full tilt in September.

Dr. Martin O'Malley,...

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Deron set for ankle surgery Tuesday

Brooklyn Nets Deron Williams grimaces after going down

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Deron Williams’ offseason is going to begin with surgery.

Williams will have procedures done on both ankles by team specialist Dr. Martin O’Malley on Tuesday, the Nets announced Thursday. Williams visited with him earlier this week after having MRIs on his troublesome ankles last Friday -- two days following the Nets’ season-ending defeat to the Heat in Game 5 of their Eastern Conference semifinal...

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