HoopsHype Billy King rumors

January 23, 2015 Updates

Billy King Statement on Mirza Teletovic: “Our first thoughts are with Mirza and his family. We are very fortunate that our medical staff, along with the ER staff at the California Medical Center in Los Angeles, were able to diagnose the problem. I have visited with Mirza this morning and he is in good spirits as he begins his treatment and recovery. On the basketball side, we will explore all of the options available to us.” NBA.com

January 16, 2015 Updates
January 13, 2015 Updates

Chris Broussard: Nets are denying report that Mikhail Prokhorov has put the team up for sale. Quote from Nets ownership: "As we have said for many months, ownership is always open to listening to offers – that’s just good business. There is nothing imminent in terms of a sale of any stake in the team." I'm not reporting Nets not selling; I'm reporting Nets are DENYING report, specifically Brett Yormark, Barry Baum & GM Billy King. Twitter @Chris_Broussard

December 31, 2014 Updates

The front office will tell you --and have-- that the Nets are simply doing their due diligence, gauging their players' value as GM's and assistant GM's do at this time of year. There will be no "fire sale," Billy King told the media, although that Kings deal now looks like a modified one. Privately, league sources told NetsDaily this week that the Nets have "a lot of teams and deals" they're looking at but added there's a "possibility" that they don't move any of the Big Three. "No one knows," said one source. NetsDaily

There are other factors of course, starting with money, whether it's to reduce payroll to give the franchise more flexibility under the CBA or to reduce the luxury tax bill, now at an estimated $24 million. It's no secret that Moscow is being hit every which way by the collapse of the Russian economy and the ruble. Those are discussions we're not likely to be privy to. Still, one league source says a lot of the proposed deals would add, not subtract, salary, short term if not long. NetsDaily

December 23, 2014 Updates

The Nets have pledged $10,000 to a fund set up by the Daily News to help support the families of the two NYPD officers murdered last week just a couple miles from Barclays Center. Every dollar donated is going directly to families of Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu. "What took place the other day is an unspeakable tragedy," Nets GM Billy King said. "The Brooklyn Nets organization is privileged to join with New York Daily News in honoring the legacy of these two hero NYPD officers." New York Daily News

December 22, 2014 Updates

What would you do different about your exit from Brooklyn? Jason Kidd: Nothing. B/R: If they had given you what you were looking for, would you still be there? Jason Kidd: I didn't ask for anything. I asked them to improve the franchise. B/R: What's the biggest misconception about how you left? Jason Kidd: The power struggle. There was no power struggle. There's still no power struggle. Bleacher Report

What prompted you to leave or ask out? Jason Kidd: They wanted to fire me, they didn't think I was doing a good job, and when I say "they" I mean management. Then it all changed when things started going well. Also I think the biggest thing, and we don't talk about it anymore, but Brooklyn gave Milwaukee permission to talk to me. That's where it all starts and ends. It's as simple as it gets. Everybody can run with their conspiracy theories or power struggles. But at the end of the day, Milwaukee asked Brooklyn for permission and they granted it. Bleacher Report

At what point was Brooklyn talking about firing you? Jason Kidd: Early December. So things got better, but you hadn't forgotten that? Jason Kidd: Oh yeah. I don't forget anything. But that never stopped me from doing my job. Bleacher Report

December 17, 2014 Updates

Q: How likely is it that Brooklyn trades any of the Lopez/Williams/Johnson trio by the trade deadline? Chad Ford: The market is very, very limited. Lopez is probably the easiest of the three to trade. But so many teams have become experts on the cap and the CBA that they are unwilling to take the mistakes that Billy King has made over and over again. Very few teams are willing to blatantly mortgage their future the way the Nets have been. ESPN.com

December 16, 2014 Updates
December 13, 2014 Updates

Nets general manager Billy King knows his team isn’t playing up to expectations, but he isn’t ready to pull the plug. “My job is to listen to people and to make calls and to make calls back,” King said before the Nets’ 88-70 victory over the 76ers on Friday night at Barclays Center. “Does that mean we’re having a fire sale? Absolutely not. I’m doing my job, as well as asking the players and the coaches to do their job. But my job is to work the phones, see what’s available. New York Post

“If things make sense you make trades. If they don’t, you don’t do it. But we’re not shopping or having a fire sale.” New York Post

King, however, said he hasn’t been given a mandate by ownership to reduce the salary — the Nets are still slated to pay a league high of more than $115 million in salary and taxes this season. "We looked at it and made a decision this year to go in a different direction," King said. "It wasn’t that the message came down, do this. We talk and discuss things." Bergen Record

December 11, 2014 Updates
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