Brooklyn Nets: MarShon Brooks

Rapid Reation: Nets land Pierce and KG

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NEW YORK -- The Brooklyn Nets are going all-in to win the NBA title.

The Nets on Thursday agreed in principle to a blockbuster trade with the Celtics in which they'll receive Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Jason Terry.

The Celtics will receive Kris Humphries, Gerald Wallace, Keith Bogans, MarShon Brooks, Kris Joseph and three first-round picks (2014, 2016, 2018).

The trade can't officially be consummated until July 10, when the annual league-wide moratorium on signings and trades is lifted.

WHAT IT MEANS: The Nets just became one of the most formidable teams in the NBA. Their projected starting lineup has a combined 35 All-Star selections: Garnett (15), Pierce (10), Joe Johnson (6), Deron Williams (3) and Brook Lopez (1). Throw in rookie head coach Jason Kidd, and it's 45. The Miami Heat are still the team to beat in the Eastern Conference, but the Nets just might be able to knock them off.

REMEMBER WHEN: The Nets lost 70 games in 2009-10. They were the laughingstock of the league. But after going through a three-year rebuilding process, they moved to Brooklyn and won 49 games last season. They're even better now, and well-positioned to possibly fulfill owner Mikhail Prokhorov's five-year championship plan in Year 4. Remember when Prokhorov said before the playoffs that the Nets were a player and patience away from being in the company of the upper-echelon teams? Well, they just added two future Hall of Famers.

CITY BRAGGING RIGHTS: The Nets may not have the history and the fan base of the Knicks, but they may be better positioned to win a title. They are now a team full of stars with a star coach on the bench. Prokhorov has to love this. And the Knicks have to hate it.

MONEY, MONEY, MONEY! The Nets' payroll this season is going to be through the roof. Johnson is due $21.5 million in 2013-14; Williams $18.5 million; Lopez $14.7 million; Pierce $15.3 million and Garnett $12.4 million. That's $82.4 million committed to their starting lineup alone! Good thing Prokhorov is a multibillionaire.

LEADERSHIP AND TOUGHNESS: The Nets were lacking in these areas last season. Suffice to say Garnett and Pierce bring them in abundance.

WHAT THEY LOST: Not much in terms of talent. Wallace and Humphries had down years. The future first-round picks might come back to haunt the Nets, but again, they're in win-now mode.

WIN-NOW TIME: Look at these ages: KG (37), Pierce (35), Terry (35), Johnson (31), Williams (29), Lopez (25). The Nets are clearly built to win now. Their window is going to be a short one.

Source: MarShon draft deal 'not happening'

June, 27, 2013
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NEW YORK -- The rumored deal that would send MarShon Brooks for the No. 26 pick in the draft is “not happening,” a source told ESPN NewYork.com.

Given the possible blockbuster trade in which the Nets would receive Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce from the Celtics, Brooks’ future in Brooklyn remains uncertain.

Nets shopping MarShon Brooks

June, 25, 2013
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The Nets are trying to find a new home for their 2011 first-round selection, MarShon Brooks.

Sources say the Nets are trying to land a second first-round pick this year in return. One team to watch is Minnesota. If the Timberwolves will give the Nets the No. 26 pick, they'll probably have a deal on draft night.

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Prokhorov: We need one more good player

April, 22, 2013
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The Brooklyn Nets may not be one of the best teams in the NBA just yet, but owner Mikhail Prokhorov thinks they can get there if two things happen.

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"One more good player, and we need time to make a really strong team," Prokhorov told Bloomberg Television during an interview in Moscow last Friday.

Getting another good player, however, will be challenging because the Nets are well over the salary cap. After this season, their best chance of doing so will likely be trying to package the $12 million expiring contract of Kris Humphries, a young player on a cheap deal like MarShon Brooks and future draft picks.

When asked about Prokhorov's comments, Nets interim coach P.J. Carlesimo joked: "You think I would disagree with Mr. Prokhorov? That is an astute statement.

"Having said that, I love the 15 players that we have, and next year -- [NBA PR man] Tim [Frank] is it all right to go with that? -- the NBA is expanding to 16, so it won't impact any of the guys currently on the roster," Carlesimo continued, jokingly. "So Mikhail's right and I love all of our players now."

Prokhorov, who set a goal of winning a championship within five years after he gained control of the organization in 2010, believes his team has a chance to take the title this season.

"If we have a great team spirit, great passion, we can beat anyone in the league," Prokhorov said. "We are not underdogs, that's for sure."

What will Brooks' role be? Stay tuned

October, 19, 2012
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Nets guard MarShon Brooks has said that he wants to win the Sixth Man Award.

Coach Avery Johnson has said he wanted the second-year pro to go into training camp with the goal of becoming a starter -- even if he was likely going to come up short.

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But after an injury-plagued training camp and preseason, Brooks, who made his preseason debut Thursday night, might have trouble getting minutes in Johnson's rotation.

"We're not sure yet," Johnson said when asked about Brooks' role as a possible sixth man prior to Brooklyn's 115-85 loss to Boston. "We're not going to box ourselves in."

Why?

Well, Avery Johnson has had Joe Johnson anchoring the team's second unit. The coach also wants to play Deron Williams at the two-guard in a small backcourt with reserve C.J. Watson.

So how exactly is Brooks going to find minutes? Sure, the 23-year-old can score (12.6 points per game as a rookie) but his defense is sorely lacking.

Also remember, Avery Johnson loves veteran Keith Bogans because of his ability to defend and knock down the open 3-pointer.

To get playing time, Brooks is going to have to pick it up fast. He missed the first three preseason games due to tendinitis in his right foot.

He has some work ahead of him.

Brooks' car smells like popcorn ... still

October, 2, 2012
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- A week after Deron Williams and Reggie Evans pranked him, MarShon Brooks’ car still smells like popcorn.

“Yeah, a little bit,” the Nets’ second-year guard said Tuesday. “When I put the AC on, a little bit. It creeps out a little bit. Nothing crazy, though.”

Brooks explained why he deserved to have a mountain of popcorn put inside his car.

Prepare to be shocked.

"I didn’t bring cocoa butter,” Brooks said, admitting he was at fault. “They told me about a week ago, too. It was a week. I thought they forgot about it -- I kept thinking, ‘I’m gonna bring it tomorrow, I’m gonna bring it tomorrow’ -- but then they came out.”

Williams said that the hazing won’t stop until Nov. 1, when Brooks plays the first regular-season game of his second season.

“It’s all good,” Brooks said. “They mess with me a little more than they mess with Ty (Tyshawn Taylor) because they know they only got a couple more weeks of messing with me. It’s all good. It’s fun. It’s tough love.”

Where do you see the Nets fitting in?

July, 10, 2012
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Dwight Howard, Gerald Wallace, Joe Johnson, Deron Williams, Mirza Teletovic, Jason Richardson, Chris Duhon, Reggie Evans, Tyshawn Taylor and Earl Clark.

That’s the roster the Nets would have if they pull off a blockbuster trade to acquire Howard from Orlando.

Thursday morning, ESPN.com’s Ric Bucher went on the radio and said the status of a potential deal is “shaky.”

Not good.

But assuming the trade does go through -- and they fill out their roster with other minimum pieces -- do you think this team is capable of beating the Heat, Celtics and the other top teams in the East?

Let us know in the comments section.

Also, weigh in with your take on where you see the Nets fitting into the conference if they don’t get D-12.

That roster would likely include Brook Lopez, a power forward (possibly Kris Humphries?), Wallace, Johnson, Williams, Teletovic, Evans, MarShon Brooks, Taylor and other minimum pieces (Gerald Green?).

Nets announce Summer League roster

July, 3, 2012
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MarShon Brooks headlined the Nets’ Summer League roster, which was announced Tuesday.

Brooks will be joined on the roster by second-round picks Tyshawn Taylor and Tornike Shengelia.

Adam Morrison, Julian Wright and Al Thornton headline the ex-NBAers who will be on the roster.

Rounding out the roster: Stephen Dennis, Bryan Dunston, Jeff Foote, Ashton Gibbs, Taurean Green, Carleton Scott, Garrett Stutz and Edwin Ubiles.

Remember, a couple of these players could end up making the Nets because they will likely have to fill out their roster with players on minimum contracts.

Rapid Reaction: Nets to acquire Johnson

July, 2, 2012
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WHAT IT MEANS: The Nets have agreed to terms on a trade for All-Star guard Joe Johnson of the Hawks, sources told ESPN.com’s Chris Broussard and Marc Stein.

The Nets would send Anthony Morrow, Jordan Farmar, Jordan Williams, Johan Petro, DeShawn Stevenson (sign and trade) and Houston's lotto-protected first in 2013 for Johnson.

Johnson, 31, has four years and nearly $90 million left on his contract. But the Nets believe that if Deron Williams re-signs, they'd have one of the most dynamic backcourts in the NBA.

WHY IT’S GOOD: First and foremost, the Nets add talent to their roster. They also didn't have much to get Johnson. They were able to avoid giving up MarShon Brooks and their own first-rounder in 2013. The Nets still have their $5 million mid-level exception (used on Bosnian stretch forward Mirza Teletovic) and their $1.95 million bi-annual exception. They also still have Bird rights on unrestricted free agent high-flyer Gerald Green.

And if Williams leaves, the Nets have a superstar to market around heading into their first season at the $1 billion Barclays Center. They could always try and pair Johnson with unrestricted free agent Steve Nash in the event Williams bolts to Dallas.

WHY IT'S BAD: By taking on Johnson's massive deal, the Nets all but took themselves out of the running for Dwight Howard. (UPDATE: Broussard reports the Nets and Magic are engaged in talks about Howard Tuesday morning.) Magic GM Rob Hennigan revealed Monday that the 26-year-old center, who averaged almost 21 points and 16 rebounds per game last season, asked to be traded to the Nets.

Sure Howard had back problems, but it seems like the same gamble as taking on Johnson, given his age and salary. Plus, Johnson likes to have the ball in his hands -- like Williams -- and has never been known for being a winner. Certainly another big risk by GM Billy King.

NOW WHAT? Well, the Nets still need to re-sign Williams. They were meeting with him Monday afternoon, sources said. They also need lock up restricted free agent Brook Lopez, bring in a rugged rebounder/defender up front and add depth as well. Jason Kidd perhaps?

PLAYOFFS? Assuming the Nets can put a starting five together of Lopez, Teletovic, recently re-signed Gerald Wallace (four years, $40 million), Johnson and Williams, they'd be a playoff team in the East and probably could wreak some havoc as well. The Nets haven't made the playoffs in five seasons. But is this team better than the Heat or Celtics? Probably not. Still, the fact that they are competitive again -- assuming everything works out -- will probably be enough for most Nets fans.

Hollinger examines D-12 to Brooklyn

July, 2, 2012
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ESPN Insider’s John Hollinger examines possible landing spots for Dwight Howard.

Magic GM Rob Hennigan revealed Monday that Howard told him he wants to be traded to the Nets.

Hollinger’s entire take can be found here (Insiders only):

As Dwight Howard tries to engineer a trade to Brooklyn, the Nets seem far less interested in him right now. They've been moving away from a Howard scenario ever since they traded a lottery pick to Portland for Gerald Wallace, removing one of their two biggest chips in a potential Howard deal.

They still can put together a fairly enticing deal, however. Right now they could use a signed-and-traded Brook Lopez, MarShon Brooks and the same cap flotsam they're offering to Atlanta for Joe Johnson (Anthony Morrow, Jordan Farmar, Jordan Williams, Johan Petro, Darwin Cook, Jamie Feick, Foots Walker and a signed-and-traded Benoit Benjamin), and the idea would be for Orlando to send them Howard and dump as many bad contracts as they can in the process. As with the Houston deal referenced above, Orlando would try to stick the Nets with Glen Davis, Jason Richardson and Chris Duhon in addition to Howard.

This is comparable to Houston's offer, but from here I think Houston's has the slight advantage. The Rockets offer two good players on expiring contracts that Orlando could immediately flip for other assets, and four young players against one from the Nets. The one counter from New Jersey is that it offers a legit starting center in Lopez to be the foundation for the Magic, but a Lopez-Ryan Anderson frontcourt will give up 200 points per game.

Brooklyn also can offer draft picks -- including, ironically, a lottery-protected pick from Houston dating from the Terrence Williams trade -- but the Magic are unlikely to place a huge value on picks likely to be in the 20s.

Of course, the real way for the Nets to leverage themselves into a Howard deal is by keeping their cap space open for 2013 and making it seem a fait accompli that Howard is going there anyway. That type of maneuver might scare off "rental" suitors such as Houston and Golden State, or at least give them enough pause to limit their offers.

Instead, the Nets seem to be taking that option out of commission entirely. Maybe it's worth it to get a Williams-Johnson-Wallace-Kris Humphries-Lopez lineup; certainly that's an impressive starting five. Nonetheless, I'd have to think Williams, Howard and any three randomly selected humanoids would be more impressive. As always, the Nets have me scratching my head.

Brooks rusty again against Spurs

February, 12, 2012
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Nets rookie MarShon Brooks struggled for a second consecutive night after missing six straight games with a broken toe.

The 23-year-old shooting guard shot 2-for-10, scored seven points and had six turnovers in 24 minutes.

"Honestly, I was struggling and overthinking," Brooks said following the Nets' 103-89 loss to the Spurs on Saturday night at Prudential Center. "Not believing in my shot, passing up some good shots and turning the ball over.

"It's a confidence thing for me. I just need to see the ball go through the hole a few times and I'll be fine. After the three-day break, I'll be fine."

Brooks plans on getting up 200-300 shots per day during the break.

"He passed up his shots a couple of times, but he's going to be fine," coach Avery Johnson said. "I just think these two games were sort of like practices because of the way the games are going so fast. You don't really have the time, like in a normal season, to go through a rigorous practice and get a guy who's been rehabbing some time.

"You gotta do stuff behind the scenes, like putting him in a for a few minutes in the game. Hopefully next week and as time goes on going into the break, he will play the way he was playing before he was injured."

• From the bad stats department: The Nets are allowing opponents to shoot 49.3 percent from the field and 39.5 percent from 3-point range. They are scoring 92.3 points per game and giving up 100.

• The Nets are 3-17 when trailing at the half; 2-20 when trailing after three quarters; 1-18 when being outrebounded; 7-20 when being outshot; 6-19 when shooting under 50 percent from the field; 2-12 when their opponent shoots over 50 percent from the field; 2-14 when they have a lesser 3-point percentage than their opponent; 1-5 on Monday; 0-5 on Saturday; 6-15 against the Eastern Conference; and 3-10 at home.

Deron Williams has led the Nets in scoring 17 times this season. He has recorded 20-plus points 15 times this season. ... Jordan Farmar, who scored 12 points on Saturday night, is averaging a career-high 11.1 points per game. ... Kris Humphries tallied 15 points, eight rebounds and two blocks in 31 minutes.

Rapid Reaction: Hawks 106, Nets 101

January, 9, 2012
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WHAT IT MEANS: Atlanta lead by 13 with 3:36 left, but New Jersey still had a chance in the waning seconds of the game. That means when their shooters are hitting -- and they haven't been lately -- the Nets can be more competitive than their 2-8 record indicates.

SLOW STARTS: Avery Johnson said before the game that his team had yet to embarrass themselves on defense. Then Atlanta went out and shot 63.6 percent from the field in the first quarter. New Jersey was outscored 31-18 in the period, mirroring their first quarter against Miami. Of the six different scorers for the Nets, none scored more than one field goal in the first and the team shot 29.4 from the floor.

MORROW BIG IN FOURTH: Anthony Morrow scored 10 points in the fourth quarter that almost brought the Nets all the way back. First, Jeff Teague fouled him on a 3-point attempt. Then Teague hit a floater after the free throws. Morrow responded with a 3-pointer and another jumper before finding Kris Humphries for a layup to get the crowd at The Rock rocking again and cut the lead to 100-95 with 58.7 seconds left. Morrow hit another three with four seconds left that put New Jersey within three.

LIVING AND DYING BY THE 3: Atlanta's bigs sucked the Nets into the paint, which left the 3-point line wide open for Vladmir Radmanovic and Teague. Radmonovic, who started in place of injured Marvin Williams, made 4 of 11 from three. Teague hit all three of his attempts.

BROOKS AS A STARTER: Rookie MarShon Brooks was impressive in his second career start with 19 points and 10 rebounds while filling in for DeShawn Stevenson, who was a last-minute scratch with a sore left knee. Brooks gave the Nets a lift in the third quarter with 11 points, making three treys. In his first start, against Boston on Jan. 4, he scored 15 of his team-high 17 points in the first half.

D-WILL: Atlanta gave the Nets point guard Deron Williams different looks, guarding him with Teague and sometimes 6-7 forward Joe Johnson. But Williams picked his spots on offense, ran defenders off multiple screens and continued to trust his wing players from the 3-point line. He record his second straight double-double of the season with 15 points and 14 assists, while shooting 6-for-17.

UP NEXT: The Nets head out to start a grueling four-game West Coast road trip, starting in Denver on Wednesday. Then New Jersey will play back-to-back games Friday and Saturday against Phoenix and Utah, before matching up with the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday.

Christmas Countdown: Prediction

December, 22, 2011
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Continuing through Dec. 23, ESPNNewYork.com is running a series called "Christmas Countdown" examining a hot topic each day that involves the New Jersey Nets.

Today's Hot Topic: Prediction

Somewhere between 25-30 wins. A borderline playoff team at best.

That’s my prediction for the Nets this season.

Now, that prediction comes with a massive disclaimer. If the Nets are somehow able to land Orlando center Dwight Howard, I reserve the right to change my prediction.

Eight teams are going to make the playoffs in the Eastern Conference. Baring any injuries of seismic proportions, I expect the Heat, Bulls, Knicks and Celtics to get in. The Magic join that list as long as they keep D-12. The Hawks have qualified for the postseason four straight times, while the Pacers have a young and emerging roster only made better by the addition of David West. And the Sixers are probably going to hover around the .500 mark like they always do.

All that being said, it’s going to be tough for the Nets to make the playoffs this season. Deron Williams is an absolutely phenomenal point guard, and Brook Lopez looks like he could be a legitimate 20-and-8 center this season. But that duo alone isn’t going to be enough to get the Nets over the “Hump.” Pun intended.

Damion James and MarShon Brooks look like they’re going to have a big impact this season, but they’re young and inexperienced. Kris Humphries is back, but he looks like he’s a ways away from being the double-double machine he was last year. Anthony Morrow and Shawne Williams are lethal 3-point weapons, but can they create their own shots?

Remember, this is a Nets team that has gone 36-128 over the past two seasons. A Nets team that went just 5-36 on the road last season and 13-39 in the conference. A Nets team that ranked 28th out of the 30 NBA teams in scoring.

Coach Avery Johnson isn’t trying to pull anyone’s chain when he says this team now is better than the one he had at the beginning of the 2010-11 campaign. The problem is -- as a result of the NBA lockout -- the Nets haven’t had the practice time to develop the type of cohesiveness that a team with seven newcomers (counting DeShawn Stevenson) needs to develop. And playing 10 of their first 14 games away from the Prudential Center isn’t going to help in that respect.

As Johnson said after a two-game preseason in which his team had 46 turnovers, the Nets are “far from a finished product.”

Unlikely most seasons, there is no margin for error. No time for tinkering. Johnson is going to have to find a rotation quickly.

The Nets are very well-positioned for the future. They’ll have a ton of cap space into the summer of 2012 and have assets like Lopez and several first-round draft picks that they can package together in a trade.

But their roster right now -- as currently constituted -- still leaves much to be desired.

That’s why I’m picking them to win 25-30 games. The playoffs appear to be slightly out of reach at this point, but as the New York Lottery Jackpot slogan goes, “Hey, You Never Know.”

Nets sign Brooks, Williams

December, 9, 2011
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The Nets have signed first-round pick MarShon Brooks and second-round pick Jordan Williams, GM Billy King announced Friday. Per team policy, terms of the contracts were not released.

Both rookies will be in training camp Friday.

The Nets also signed free agents JamesOn Curry, Dennis Horner and Jerry Smith off their NBDL affiliate in Springfield.

There training camp roster now stands at 14 players.

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Brook Lopez
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OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsK. Garnett 6.6
AssistsD. Williams 6.1
StealsD. Williams 1.5
BlocksB. Lopez 1.8