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December 11, 2014 Updates

“Yeah. I know it’s tough on him not being able to play this year, and the situation he’s in,” said Deron Williams, Kirilenko’s friend and longtime teammate with the Jazz before spending the last year-plus together with the Nets. “But I wish him nothing but the best.” Though Davies has a fully non-guaranteed contract, league sources confirmed the Nets will hang onto him in order to give him a look. The 6-foot-9 forward had played in every game for Philadelphia before being held out of Wednesday’s 95-79 loss in Atlanta, and has averaged 6.3 points and 3.7 rebounds per game. New York Post

December 10, 2014 Updates

Deron Williams isn’t sweating over his name popping up in trade rumors. “I’m not worried about it, man,” Williams said with a smile Wednesday morning following the Nets’ morning shootaround at the Moody Bible Institute ahead of their game against the Bulls. “I’m a Net until they tell me otherwise. “It is what it is. It’s a business, so stuff like [trade rumors] happens. … I don’t see any problem [dealing with it]. Brook [Lopez] has dealt with it, so I don’t see it being a problem for him, and I don’t think Joe [Johnson is] too worried about it.” New York Post

Since the start of the season, players and new coach Lionel Hollins have said they expect to be better once the season stretches into January and February, when they’ve had some time to gel. Williams said there is still a feeling in the locker room that things will work out. “We have that belief anyways, whether that story comes out or not,” Williams said. “No matter what’s being written or whatever, I’m still here. I’m still a Net. My priority is to play for this organization.” New York Post

It was nearing dusk when Aminzadeh, Perez and their fellow organizer Cherrell Brown gathered outside Barclays Center. Skolnik was in Manhattan with Simmons, who was scheduled to appear on a CNN program later that evening. But in addition to strategizing with James, Jay-Z had passed along Skolnik’s cellphone number to Williams, the Nets’ point guard, who texted Skolnik around 5:30 p.m. His message was concise: He and his teammates wanted the T-shirts. The final hurdle was navigating the T-shirts past arena security. The N.B.A.’s stance was clear: The league did not want its players wearing the T-shirts during warm-ups. So Williams recruited a security guard to take the large box from Aminzadeh, Perez and Brown on the Dean Street entrance of the arena, Skolnik said. New York Times

December 9, 2014 Updates

The Nets have initiated exploratory talks around the league to gauge interest on their biggest stars, Deron Williams, Brook Lopez and Joe Johnson, NBA sources confirmed. “When you are 8-11, you look at all possible options,” one league source said. “[The Nets] have explored all options at this time, which [they] are supposed to do,” another source claimed. New York Post

So, the Nets are 8-11 as they head into Chicago – with Lopez (back) and Johnson (flu) listed as out for Wednesday’s game. So they are looking at options, which is standard operating procedure for any and all teams. Sources maintained there is nothing imminent on the trade front. “After the last stretch,” one opposing executive said, “they have been very active in calling around. I think they are ready to deal but I haven’t heard of anything that’s is close to being done.” New York Post

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

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

December 8, 2014 Updates

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