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May 12, 2015 Updates

The real points of interest here are center Brook Lopez and forward Thaddeus Young. Each has a contract option that they can exercise this summer, allowing them to his free unrestricted agency. But neither case is simple, and there is genuine uncertainty about what either player will do. Lopez’s option is worth $16.8 million, and given his recent history of injury, particularly when it comes to his foot, opting out and netting a big contract as soon as possible is the wise thing to do. But Lopez could come back next year, play out his option, (hopefully) stay healthy and look like an All-Star qtqin, setting him up for an enormous payday in the summer of 2016, when the league’s new TV deal kicks in. Sporting News

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Thaddeus Young helped change the Nets fortunes when he was traded to the team at the deadline for Kevin Garnett. But Young, who has a player option in his contract for next season, says he’s unsure if he’ll be back. "To tell you the truth I haven’t even thought about it," Young said. "My focus was just trying to win in the playoffs." Bergen Record

April 25, 2015 Updates

The Nets forward, bottled up by the Hawks in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference first-round series Wednesday night, was frustrated that he couldn't get things going. His jumper was ineffective. So was his play inside, as he had his shots blocked or left them short. So he called himself out. "First thing I said when I came into the locker room the other night was, 'Fellas, I'm sorry. I didn't give you guys anything tonight. I've got to be better,' " Young said Friday. "I take pride in everything I do out there on the court and I take losses hard." Newsday

Can the home court advantage help? “Definitely," Young said. “Me being in the playoffs several times, it definitely helps. You have the hometown crowd on your side and you’re with your teammates. And just the energy and the atmosphere is flowing your way when you’re in your home building. You want that on your side. You want that energy. And you want that excitement." NBA.com

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The market for Teletovic is tough to pin down. The blood clot adds a health variable, and Brooklyn could be in tax trouble should both Brook Lopez and Thaddeus Young opt into their contracts for next season. That could make Brooklyn reluctant to hand out the $4.2 million qualifying offer required to keep matching rights on Teletovic. Young and Teletovic also have somewhat overlapping skill sets, though Young is not on Teletovic’s level as a shooter and the Nets could play them together in funky, position-less lineups. Grantland

April 3, 2015 Updates

Here's some selected quotes from the 17-minute interview. Lionel Hollins on Deron Williams improvement... "I think the trade for Thaddeus young gives us a little more versatility, a little more quickness and putting Markel Brown in the starting lineup has contributed to us playing at a different pace, especially early. And Deron is a good high-pace player. He likes to push the ball, he likes to probe, to explore early. I think with the added quickness around him, he's been able to do that and we've been able to be effective with that. But everything comes with health and Deron has had his turn with nagging injuries this year as well as last couple of year. NetsDaily

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