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March 21, 2014 Updates

Another takeaway from the discussion is that King said the are making re-signing Shaun Livingston their top priority this summer. When asked why, he said it was because "he's been pretty successful for us, helped us win games." King then said that "the market will set itself and then he has to go and make a decision on what's best for him. Do you take a million more to go play and lose," he asked. That's likely going to be the decision Livingston is going to have to make this summer -- the money or the system? NetsDaily

Rod Boone: Asked Billy King if he has any idea if #Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov could face sanctions from what's going on between the U.S. and Russia. King: "I follow politics, a lot of politics. But I don’t know anything about who we are putting sanctions on or who we are not." #Nets Twitter @rodboone

Brooklyn Nets center Jason Collins revealed Thursday that he has heard negative comments from another player during a game. Collins, the NBA's first active openly gay player, would not reveal the identity of the player or the team he plays for. He told ESPNNewYork.com that he did not react to the comments while on the court. ESPN.com

"There's no need to even engage in a conversation with him at that point," Collins said. "In the flow of the game, you have emotions going. It goes back to controlling what I can control -- having self control and having the discipline to recognize it for what it is and keep the focus on the game. "We're all human. Everyone is entitled to their own opinions. You hope that if someone has a negative opinion, that they would keep it to themselves. But at the same time, I understand that in the NBA, we're a bunch of individuals and this is America and everyone's entitled to their opinion." ESPN.com

March 20, 2014 Updates

Livingston was 21 at the time and had serious left knee damage, tearing the anterior cruiciate, posterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments and dislocating his kneecap. He also had a torn lateral meniscus, and the thigh and shin bones were out of place. This was as serious as knee injuries come. Though he heard he might not play again, no doctor ever told him that, Livingston said. "My doctor, James Andrews, said it was a mountain to climb and told me it would be one of the most difficult injuries to overcome," Livingston said. "But there was never a closed door on my career." USA Today Sports

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
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

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