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March 20, 2014 Updates
March 19, 2014 Updates

The Nets, who are way over the cap and deep into the luxury tax, can only offer Livingston up to the entire mid-level exception, which is for three years and $10 million. The 28-year-old Livingston is expected to attract more in the open market, although there’s still plenty of important basketball remaining before July. “(My enjoyment with Brooklyn and how I fit) definitely plays a factor. You have to weigh your situations, your options. The reason I’m in a situation where I can demand a contract is because I’m playing for this team, this coach, this system,” he said. “I realize that and I’m not over my head. But at the same time, it’s a business. You have to look at it like (the next contract) could always be your last. “Especially me.” New York Daily News

For a player who skipped college and never was such a coveted free agent, he’s looking forward to the summer process but with an understanding that the current season takes precedence. The Nets (34-31) host the Bobcats on Wednesday, with Livingston expected to start his 43rd game of the season. “(Free agency) will be different. I had one year (in 2010 when he signed a two-year deal, $7 million deal with the Bobcats) where it was like, okay, a little bit (of hype), but it’s not the same as this. Not even close,” he said. “I don’t even know what to expect. My thing has been no expectations. “I’m always going to set the bar high for myself off the court. On the court, that’s the business side. That’s my agent’s job. You can’t control that. You can only control what you can on the court.” New York Daily News

March 18, 2014 Updates

Williams joked that his coach was supposed to have his back, adding that Kidd "was never a dunker in his day, either." But there's no debating that the two-time Olympian looks better, and so do the Nets when he plays like this. "I'm definitely feeling better," Williams said after shooting 80 percent in a game for the first time in his career. "Still not jumping that high, as you can tell, but definitely feeling better and more confident every day." Associated Press

March 17, 2014 Updates

A Bronx entrepreneur is calling foul on the Brooklyn Nets, charging he owns the trademark rights to the team’s name. Dr. François De Cassagnol, 66, contends he trademarked the name 10 years ago for his commercial art business while he was living in Louisiana. “I used my domains for my works,” De Cassagnol told The News, but he refused to elaborate. New York Daily News

When Phil Jackson decided to take the job with the Knicks last week, it had two consequences for the Nets: It meant one of the most respected men in NBA history was joining their archrivals ... and it ended a two-year long informal relationship between the Nets ownership and the NBA's most successful coach. Nets insiders tell NetsDaily that the team's Russian owners and Jackson were often in contact over the last two years, as Mikhail Prokhorov, Dmitry Razumov, etc. found their way through the NBA thicket ... and on more than one occasion, they discussed a job for Jackson in the Nets organization, but talks never progressed beyond the informal and were restricted to coaching. NetsDaily

March 16, 2014 Updates
March 15, 2014 Updates

Plumlee, who finished runner-up to Avery Bradley in the 2009 McDonald’s All-American dunk contest, said he’d gladly accept an invitation to compete in the NBA’s version. The Nets haven’t had a dunk contest winner since Dr. J won the ABA’s competition. Plumlee said he hasn’t been working on any new dunks, but “if they invite me, I’ll come up with something.” New York Daily News

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