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February 24, 2015 Updates

Still, our sources familiar with the Brooklyn front office indicate that ownership is behind the team's investment in analytics, while GM Billy King has little interest. Dating back to his time with the Philadelphia 76ers, King has consistently undervalued draft picks in favor of expensive free-agent contracts. The Nets don't own their first-round pick outright until 2019, having traded the maximum number of picks in that span to the Boston Celtics along with the right to swap picks this year (with the Atlanta Hawks) and in 2017 (with the Celtics). King infamously tossed a barely protected lottery pick to Portland for Gerald Wallace, allowing the Blazers to nab Damian Lillard. ESPN.com

February 14, 2015 Updates

OBKS: Have you given any thought to the Andray Blatche… Billy King: Yeah, we’re in discussions about it. We’ve had contact with him and hopefully we’ll make a decision soon. OBKS: I’m sure your going to be busy the next few days with the trade deadline. Billy King: Yeah. The trade deadline is next Thursday so uh, we’ll work the phones. I doubt if we’ll do anything but we’re going to work the phones and if something makes sense we’ll do it. OurBKSocial

February 13, 2015 Updates

Mason Plumlee isn't whispering in Nets general manager Billy King's ear. But if he was, he'd endorse a move to bring Brooklyn legend Lance Stephenson to the Nets. Stephenson, in his first season with the Charlotte Hornets after starring at Coney Island's Lincoln High and later the Indiana Pacers, has been linked to a trade to the Nets for some time. New York Daily News

Trade talks involving Charlotte and Brooklyn restarted later last month that also involved Joe Johnson but nothing happened. "It's all speculation, though," Plumlee said to reporters on Thursday at the All-Star practice. "I could go through a lot of guys in the league you would love to play with but he gets brought up because he's a Brooklyn guy. I'm sure the city would love to have him. But he's not helping us right now." "I respect him as a player," added Plumlee. New York Daily News

February 11, 2015 Updates

In a lengthy interview with Evan Roberts and Joe Benigno (mostly Evan), Adrian Wojnarowski said that he believes Billy King's job is safe as long as Mikhail Prokhorov owns the Nets. "I think he will continue to go forward here on the job," Woj said after a lengthy answer to a Roberts question about whether the Nets GM is on "the hot seat." "The way it's been told to me is he will continue there with this ownership group." NetsDaily

February 6, 2015 Updates

King was adamant that the reports that first-year coach Lionel Hollins' job is in jeopardy are absolutely false. "I don't know where that story came from about Lionel, but it's not true," King said. ESPN.com

And so, though King concedes it's "unfortunate" that details about his trade talks have somehow gotten out -- he reportedly backed out of several three-team deals that might've sent Brook Lopez or Joe Johnson to the likes of Oklahoma City or Charlotte -- the GM insists the Nets will not be holding a "fire sale" before the NBA's non-waiver trade deadline Feb. 19. "What I have tried to do is be in constant communication, and I talk to our players all the time," King said. "Sometimes it's to say, 'Don't believe anything -- you're not going anywhere.' At other times it's been to say, 'Yeah. We've had [trade] conversations to see if anything makes sense.'" ESPN.com

King insisted he won't make a trade just to make a change. He may wait right up to the Feb. 19 deadline to decide. And it makes sense. King has tough choices to make. The oft-injured Lopez has a $16.7 million option for next season that he's expected to use. Right now, the Nets have no salary-cap room nor their own first-round pick. So how do they improve? "I think this is a playoff team," King insisted. "And more than once I've said, 'Thank God we play in the East.'" ESPN.com

February 2, 2015 Updates
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

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