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Nets pick up options on Brook Lopez, Terrence Williams

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In a move that should surprise exactly nobody, the New Jersey Nets have picked up their options on third-year center Brook Lopez and sophomore swingman Terrence Williams.

The Lopez move was beyond a no-brainer: the 22-year old Stanford product has already established himself as one of the best young centers in basketball, and is reportedly the only Net whom the team has made “untouchable” in their Carmelo Anthony discussions. Lopez is now set to make $3 million over the course of the 2011-12 season, which will make him one of the best bargains in basketball. Lopez averaged 18.8 points, 8.6 rebounds, and 1.7 blocks per game last season.

Williams had an up-and-down rookie campaign, averaging 8.5 points and 4.5 rebounds per game on only 40.1% shooting from the floor, but he’s still very young and talented, and nobody really expected the Nets to let him go instead of picking up his option. Williams is averaging 13.4 points per game on 45.1% shooting this pre-season.

Chris Bosh with between-the-legs pass to cutting Dwyane Wade (VIDEO)

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Miami is going to be a lot of fun to watch this season (if they can stay healthy).

They’ve got athletic, active players who want to run, who move off the ball, and they have good passers. For example, watch Chris Bosh go between the legs to Dwyane Wade in the Heat’s preseason game Sunday.

Bosh had 14 points, and Wade had a dozen, but Charlotte won the exhibition.


Blake Griffin pre-game dunk knocks down shot clock

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The Clippers went north of the border to take on the Raptors in an exhibition game, but it was on the West Coast of Canada in one of the world’s prettiest cities — Vancouver. The two played at the Rogers Arena.

Where, they may want to upgrade the shot clocks behind the backboards. Watch over the shoulder of the Clippers announcers as Griffin dunks in warmups.

Notice that DeAndre Jordan loves this.

Nice to see Griffin dunking like his old self again. If you want another view, the NBA retweeted this.