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Yet sources insist that the Nets haven't abandoned their recent "win-now mentality" and aren't merely looking to dump salary. Brooklyn's hope, sources said, is eventually to construct a deal or two that bring back sufficient talent that enables the Nets remain a playoff team. ESPN.com
Marc Stein: Story going online now co-scribed with @NotoriousOHM: ESPN sources say Nets have made D-Will, Brook Lopez & Joe Johnson available via trade. Twitter @ESPNSteinLine
Devin Kharpertian: Deron Williams on “I Can’t Breathe” shirt protest: “You see the video, you know what happened” bkga.me/1yuK6AV http://t.co/wGeTyThIWe Twitter @uuords
When asked what message the T-shirt sent out to the country, James responded: “I don’t know. It’s not for us to figure out. It’s just for us to understand what we’re going through as a society. I’ve been forwarded over and over about what’s been going on. This is more of a notion to the family more than anything. As a society we have to do better. We have to be better for one another no matter what race you are. But it’s more of a shoutout to the family more than anything because they’re the ones who should be getting the energy and effort.” For The Win
When free agency began July 1, Schwartz's agency represented several of the Nets' most important players, including point guard Deron Williams, forward Mirza Teletovic and two free agents who ultimately signed elsewhere -- Paul Pierce and Shaun Livingston. Two league sources familiar with the discussions said Schwartz had never tried to leverage Pierce's or Livingston's free agency in the Kidd negotiations. “They were kept separate,” one of the people said. But Roberts said the rule is in place to prevent even the appearance of an agent's “undue influence over players because of his relationship with a coach. The problems are obvious.” CBSSports.com
Williams toasted Shumpert like an English muffin all game, finishing with 29 points on 10-of-15 shooting in the Nets’ 110-99 victory. One question was answered: Williams is healthy. One question remained: When are the Knicks getting a healthy point guard back? “I’m going to take this one,” said Shumpert, who stood up, stuck out his chest and took every hit. “Deron Williams got to do whatever he wanted out there. I got to get better with controlling the ball after him coming off the ball screen. I didn’t do a good job of that tonight. “As a reflection of that, our bigs got in foul trouble, they hit 3s from everywhere on the court because he kept getting into that paint. I [have] got to do a better job of getting over the ball screens and not letting him get into our defense.” New York Post
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