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February 25, 2015 Updates

In the interview conducted Wednesday, the 29-year-old would not yet rule out him playing in FIBA Europe next summer. "It is too early to talk about anything, I will have to wait a while to know that answer," he told the Balkan edition of the Qatari-based network. NetsDaily

But if Lopez opts in, it seems a virtual certainty that the Nets will be taxpayers next season, and perhaps significantly so. If both Lopez and Thaddeus Young opt into the final years of their contracts, the Nets already will have over $88 million committed to 11 players. Add in the salary the Nets will pay to their first round pick and just one minimum salaried veteran player and the Nets would be in the neighborhood of $91 million in salaries for next season with the minimum 13 players on their roster. New York Post

An ironworker died on Tuesday afternoon when steel beams fell on him as he worked to install Barclays Center’s new green roof, according to a police spokesman. The 52-year-old was an employee of a Massachusetts steel company contracted by Hunt Construction Group, according to a Forest City Ratner spokesman, who expressed his sorrow at the tragedy. The Brooklyn Paper

February 24, 2015 Updates

A construction worker was reportedly killed by falling beams at Brooklyn's Barclays Center today. An FDNY spokesman confirms that first responders were called to the arena shortly after 1:30 p.m. after receiving a call about a cardiac arrest. The worker was transported to Brooklyn Hospital in critical condition. Police sources tell News 12 that "the beams fell on a 52-year-old man as they were being unloaded." NBC New York reports that the worker was helping install the green roof on the arena when the beams crushed him. Gothamist

Still, our sources familiar with the Brooklyn front office indicate that ownership is behind the team's investment in analytics, while GM Billy King has little interest. Dating back to his time with the Philadelphia 76ers, King has consistently undervalued draft picks in favor of expensive free-agent contracts. The Nets don't own their first-round pick outright until 2019, having traded the maximum number of picks in that span to the Boston Celtics along with the right to swap picks this year (with the Atlanta Hawks) and in 2017 (with the Celtics). King infamously tossed a barely protected lottery pick to Portland for Gerald Wallace, allowing the Blazers to nab Damian Lillard. ESPN.com

February 23, 2015 Updates

Nets Daily: TRob 10-day starts tomorrow. At end of that 10-day, Nets can sign him to another or dump him. If they keep him, he's eligible for playoffs. In theory, someone can claim him off waivers but would have to pick up remaining salary and take full $3.6m him on salary cap. Unlikely Twitter @NetsDaily

Jeff Goodman: Thomas Robinson needs to clear waivers tomorrow and told ESPN he then intends to sign with the Nets. We'll see if that added athleticism translates to more wins, but it definitely provides this team with a different look than it had before. Twitter @GoodmanESPN


Deron Williams and Joe Johnson move up a few spots in a list topped by their former head coach.


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