The Nets announced Tuesday that Markel Brown will not play in preseason –a total of six games over three weeks– because of a strain in his left oblique muscle. He will be reevaluated at the start of the regular season. Brown strained it last Thursday in what he has called a “freak accident.” He flew home on the weekend and was evaluated by Dr. Riley, J. Williams, the team medical director. Brown missed some time last preseason due to a severe stomach flu.
October 1, 2016 | 7:03 am EDT Update
With the deadline to sign a qualifying offer approaching, restricted free-agent power forward Donatas Motiejunas and the Houston Rockets have exchanged contract proposals but remain far apart on an agreement, multiple sources told ESPN. Motiejunas is seeking a larger financial deal from the Rockets, but the two sides haven’t had serious contract discussions in a month, the sources said.
Gibson is a rare player whose production and attitude never seem affected by whether he starts or comes off the bench. Last season, he ended up taking the starting power forward spot from Nikola Mirotic, rallying from ankle surgery in June 2015 to average 8.6 points and 6.9 rebounds. Seemingly every season, he averages zero complaints. “He’s one of those guys that does everything that you ask of him,” coach Fred Hoiberg said. “He’s in great spirits. He’s a positive force.”