Mikhail Prokhorov’s cash is paying off.
The Nets entered the 2014 NBA draft with no picks, but their wealthy owner ensured Brooklyn didn’t end the night empty-handed.
The Nets bought three second-round picks on draft night – No. 44 (Markel Brown), No. 59 (Xavier Thames) and No. 60 (Cory Jefferson).
Two of those players are headed to Brooklyn’s official roster.
Tim Bontemps of the New York Post:
No word on whether either contract is guaranteed, leaving the possibility Brown and/or Jefferson don’t survive training camp. Most likely, though, both stick into the regular season.
It’s been pretty busy offseason for the Nets, who’ve re-signed Alan Anderson, convinced Kevin Garnett not to retire, traded for Jarrett Jack and Sergey Karasev, used the taxpayer mid-level exception on Bojan Bogdanovic and hired Lionel Hollins as head coach.
Signing a couple second rounders would be a reasonable way to close the offseason, though the Nets typically keep searching for bigger splashes.
That leaves Thames blowing in the wind, and I’d guess he’ll spend next season overseas or in the D-League.
So far, the only substantive accounts of the Matt Barnes-Derek Fisher altercation have come from anonymous sources.
The Knicks coach has deflected questions.
But Barnes is giving his account, at least of the lead-up.
Ramona Shelburne of ESPN:
It’s completely understandable that Barnes would act to ensure his children’s welfare.
And let’s say everything he said is true. It still leaves important questions unanswered.
Did Barnes – as he reportedly texted a friend he did – beat up Fisher and spit on his estranged wife, Gloria Govan? If so, why did Barnes deem that necessary to protect kids?
Gregg Popovich said he wouldn’t coach in July.
Apparently, he’s taking off part of October, too.
Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports:
It’s not that surprising to see Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and Boris Diaw staying home. Veterans miss preseason games all the time just to rest. With the Spurs, it happens even in the regular season.
But it’s still a little strange to see the head coach sit out, even though Popovich also did it last year.
It makes sense, though. Who cares about this preseason game? If travelling less helps the 66-year-old Popovich stay fresh in the years ahead, that’s well worth it. Plus, it gets Messina a little extra experience. Some day, he might be the head coach.