Mason Plumlee RumorsAll NBA Players
Height: 6-11 / 2.11
Weight:245 lbs. / 111.1 kg.
Height: 6-11 / 2.11
Weight:245 lbs. / 111.1 kg.
So when Mason Plumlee was given the chance to showcase his leaping ability on the NBA’s grandest stage — the Slam Dunk Contest during All-Star Weekend in February — he seemed to be a dark horse contender. Only things didn’t go as planned. “I didn’t do so well,” he said Monday, laughing, of an event in which he couldn’t escape the first round. “No more dunk contests for me.”
Plumlee, 25, averaged 8.7 points and 6.2 rebounds in 82 games (45 starts) for the Nets last season. Olshey said that the addition of Plumlee does not signal the end of free agent Robin Lopez’s tenure in Portland. However with seven free agents and 10 uncertain contracts on the roster, the Blazers future, at center and elsewhere, remains murky. “We have a lot of business we’ve got to take care of,” Olshey said Thursday night following the draft. “We’ve got double-digit free agents. We don’t control all these situations. A lot of them have indicated their desire to be back in Portland, (but) it doesn’t necessarily mean that we’re going to be able to retain their services.”
Although Lopez, on Friday afternoon, officially opted out of the $16.7 million he could have received for the 2015-16 season, according to multiple sources, the fact the Nets were willing to move Mason Plumlee to pick up a second first-round pick Thursday — which they used to snag Arizona swingman Rondae Hollis-Jefferson — only reinforced a growing belief within the organization and around the league Lopez will re-sign with the Nets once free agency begins next month.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Portland has traded Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Steve Blake to the Nets. Brooklyn will send Mason Plumlee and Pat Connaughton to the Blazers for Hollis-Jefferson and Blake, league sources tell Yahoo.: 3 more rumors
Michael Scotto: Brooklyn Nets will strongly consider trading Mason Plumlee if the team can move up to the lottery, a league source confirms. #NBADraft
Jeff Goodman: Brooklyn continues to be aggressive trying to move up into lottery. Mason Plumlee being actively shopped, sources told ESPN.
As Stefan Bondy has reported, the Nets have dangled Mason Plumlee in discussions to move up, but have yet to find a taker. The Nets also have $2.3 million available to buy a second rounder or two. They have bought picks most years in the King Era.
Stefan Bondy: They are trying with goal of moving up in the draft. NetsDaily.com: Is it time for the #Nets to trade Mason Plumlee?
In a letter obtained by The Post, King and Yormark wrote they visited owner Mikhail Prokhorov two weeks ago in Moscow to “discuss the state of the team.’’ King and Yormark stated the Nets have plans to re-sign Brook Lopez and Thaddeus Young “to keep our core leadership together.” They stated they wanted to “build on our emerging young core,” mentioning Mason Plumlee, Bojan Bogdanovic, Markel Brown and Sergey Karasev. They mentioned their two draft picks — Nos. 29 and 41 — and a desire in “purchasing’’ another pick.
Some rival executives think the Nets might go ahead and explore the Plumlee marketplace anyway, in hopes teams remember his dogged play for Team USA the past summer more than his struggles to get on the floor under first-year Nets coach Lionel Hollins. Now, though, would not appear to be the ideal time to see what shopping him might fetch.
Plumlee has played a combined 15 minutes in the last three games. Hollins went so far as to say that subbing in the Duke product could’ve been “detrimental.” “We just couldn’t at that point afford to sub with another big guy — mainly Mase,” Hollins said. “And if they go into the hack-a-Mase, then it could’ve been detrimental.”
There’s little doubt where Plumlee’s loyalties lie. He’s one of three brothers to play for coach Mike Krzyzewski at Duke, and brother Marshall is part of the current Duke team. Mason Plumlee, now playing for the Brooklyn Nets, also was a key performer for the Blue Devils. Miles said he never dreamed all three brothers would play for Duke. It happened in part because Duke heavily recruited Mason, and Miles changed his mind after initially committing to Stanford. “I didn’t really commit (to Duke) until after my senior year,” Miles said. “I didn’t really think somewhere like Duke was in the picture for me. But I came on late. There’s no way we could have known that Marshall would come, too. It’s pretty unbelievable.”
Stefan Bondy: Asked Mason Plumlee his favorite Kevin Garnett moment: “Last year he tied Tyshawn (Taylor) up in ropes and threw him in the shower.” Plumlee added it was in fun and “Tyshawn knew it was coming. He can’t be mad because he brought it on himself.”
Plumlee repeatedly has praised Garnett for the part the future Hall of Famer has played in his improvement, and did so again following the Nets’ 94-87 win in Philadelphia Saturday night that snapped their five-game losing streak. “Like I said a lot of times, I couldn’t ask for a better vet, a better guy to show me the ropes,” said Plumlee, who also said he has kept in touch with Garnett since he was traded away last month in exchange for Thaddeus Young. “Not just on the court — that speaks for itself — but family-wise, money-wise, all that comes with the NBA. He’s very helpful, and still is.”
“I have done the dunk contest before, but I’m just trying to do new stuff [that’s different] from the dunk contest I did in high school,” Plumlee said. “I can’t really tell you [what I’ll do] because I don’t even know all the dunks I’m going to do, but I have about two in my mind already that I’m for sure on.” When asked if he’s feeling any pressure or nerves, Plumlee admits that he’s not sure what to expect since the stage is so much bigger than any other dunk contests he’s competed in. “Man, I don’t know because I’ve never really been there before,” Plumlee said. “The McDonald’s dunk contest arena was about a quarter full, so we will see how the NBA one is.”
Ben Golliver: Nets’ Mason Plumlee says he’s “definitely” nervous for the Slam Dunk Contest. “I can’t go out there and do what Vince Carter does.”