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January 25, 2015 Updates

The Nets remain a team in transition but it doesn’t appear they’ll make any major moves before the trade deadline. They were in serious discussions with the Hornets involving Lance Stephenson for Brook Lopez but talks broke off. Lopez has one year left on his contract, a player option for $15 million, and the Nets would be best served to trade him before the contract expires. He doesn’t appear to fit into Lionel Hollins’s system. Hollins likes physical, defensive-minded centers. Boston Globe

After a pulmonary embolism, there is also fear of long-term damage to the heart. According to experts, Teletovic likely will undergo stress tests soon for that reason. Medical experts say even if his bloodwork is normal, Teletovic could be on blood thinners for six months to a year. Teletovic is a restricted free agent this summer, and the Knicks could have a lot of interest in him because of his shooting ability as a 6-foot-9 big man for the triangle. The Nets can match any offer. New York Post

Odds are strong Nets 3-point shooting specialist Mirza Teletovic will recover from his pulmonary embolism and play at some point next season in the NBA. Serena Williams suffered a blood clot in her lungs in 2011 after sleeping in an awkward position on a cross-country flight from JFK to Los Angeles and wound up winning three more U.S. Opens. She still is going strong. But there are no guarantees this doesn’t turn into a career-threatening episode, according to medical experts. New York Post

“It was very shocking,” Joe Johnson said, “because I’ve honestly never heard of athletes, especially when you are working out and training hard every day, catching blood clots. “It’s random and just to hear that and then hear some of the things that he said over the course of the past week of so about how he can’t breathe. … It’s kind of scary.” New York Post

January 24, 2015 Updates

The discovery of Mirza Teletovic’s blood clots, the result of a series of late-night tests at an L.A. hospital, potentially saved the Brooklyn forward’s life. “He could have gotten on the plane and he could have actually died,” coach Lionel Hollins said. New York Daily News

January 23, 2015 Updates

Nets forward Mirza Teletovic has been ruled out for the remainder of the season after being diagnosed with a bilateral pulmonary embolus (multiple blood clots in the lungs), according to the team. Teletovic left last night’s game against the Clippers with shortness of breath, and was taken to a Los Angeles hospital. Tests there revealed the diagnosis. Teletovic will remain hospitalized in Los Angeles, receiving treatment and further testing, and won’t return to New York until he’s cleared to travel. Bergen Record

Tim Bontemps: He's going to remain in Los Angeles to begin treatment, which Nets say will include blood thinners. Because of them, he is done for the year Twitter @TimBontemps

In an interview with Bosnian media overnight, Teletovic said his condition was more about fatigue than anything else. Here's a translation of an interview with Radio Sarajevo. "We have a busy season, and behind me is a huge amount of games. Last season I played more than 90 games during the NBA season, followed by preparation for Eurobasket, then qualifications, and then the start of the new season and fatigue was rolling in and got me . The doctors will do a new scan, to make sure what it was, but it is clear that it was fatigue. But we're all human and not machines." NetsDaily

Asked about a Yahoo! report that the Heat offered McRoberts in a package for center Brook Lopez, Riley said the Heat hadn’t offered anyone to anybody. Miami Herald

Nets forward Mirza Teletovic was taken to the hospital during Thursday night’s 123-84 loss to the Clippers inside Staples Center after experiencing shortness of breath. “He told me he wasn’t feeling well, and that’s all I know,” Nets coach Lionel Hollins said. “He came to the bench and said something was wrong with him, so he asked me to take him out.” New York Post

January 22, 2015 Updates

Kidd, Brooklyn’s former coach, has a one-sixth of 1 percent stake in the franchise, which Forbes says is worth $1.5 billion. That values Kidd’s stake, previously held by entertainer Jay-Z, at $2.5 million. Jay-Z had to sell it when he became a certified NBA player agent. Bloomberg

The Brooklyn Nets recently tried, unsuccessfully, to deal center Brook Lopez, which led to the franchise putting the brakes on the whole trading him concept in total. But when those wheels get back turning again — and they will — there will be no shortage of suitors, and the Nuggets are expected to be among them. They’ve already made one run at it, but were rebuffed along with everyone else by the Nets in favor of negotiations with Oklahoma City, and those talks got intense before breaking down. But there remains plenty of time before the Feb. 19 trade deadline, and the Nuggets have a lot to offer if they want to gamble. The question is how much to put on the table to entice Brooklyn to get into serious talks. There are inherent risks: Lopez has a player option after this season, so there would have to be some sort of assurances from his representation that he wouldn’t just walk and leave the Nuggets lighter on assets and out one big-time center at year’s end. Denver Post


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


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