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Rodions Kurucs
Rodions Kurucs
Position: F
Born: 02/05/98
Height: 6-9 / 2.06
Weight:215 lbs. / 97.5 kg.
Salary: $1,699,236
VEF Riga guard Arturs Kurucs has entered the 2020 NBA Draft per ESPN’s Jonathan Givony. He’s the younger brother of Brooklyn Nets forward Rodions Kurucs A shooting guard standing at 6’3″, the 20-year-old Kurucs had a productive run with Riga before the season hiatus. The Latvian player averaged 10.6 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 1.6 assists in 30.4 minutes over 14 games in the Basketball Champions League.
That’s Dzanan Musa. The youngest player on the Nets’ roster is 13 hours away from his native country of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Well, 13 hours away if he could fly home, which he clearly can’t with COVID-19 running rampant. He, along with fellow European players Rodions Kurucs and Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot, are stuck stateside for the foreseeable future. “I had a conversation with the three of those guys [Tuesday] night together. They are coping, and their families are coping with this. But that’s really difficult,” Nets general manager Sean Marks said. “Their families are completely separated. They’re not in the same time zone, they’re in completely different countries, and obviously there is a travel ban in place. So, these guys cannot go home.
As one of the returnees on a team with eight newcomers, Kurucs was passed on the depth chart by multiple players until he recently found his stride. After such a promising rookie season in which he averaged 8.9 points per game on 45 percent shooting, Kurucs is averaging 4.3 points on 46 percent shooting this year. He still has the second-half of the year to prevent a sophomore slump, but given the Nets’ depth at forward and uncertainty surrounding his court case — he’s facing multiple domestic violence-related charges stemming from a September arrest — it’s hard not to wonder about his long-term future with the organization.
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“I’m not liking what I see with Rodi’s development. And that’s where, he was a huge part for what I saw of the future. (Taurean) Prince kind of took a little bit of that. And then, I’m glad they started Jarrett Allen there because his growth for them next year is crucial for them. “….They knew Durant wasn’t going to play this year. So development (of young players) is still crucial (this season).

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After starting 46 games and averaging 8.5 PPG last year, Kurucs has been an afterthought this season, shuttling back and forth from the G League. Over the summer, Kurucs was arrested following domestic violence allegations in a case that remains ongoing. Approaching the deadline, sources say that at least two NBA teams are spending resources to conduct a full background check on Kurucs to see if he is a worthwhile trade target.
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Alex Spiro, Kurucs’ lawyer, and a prosecutor discussed with Ward the evidence that has been presented in the case. His side noted that there are no recordings of 911 calls associated with the alleged domestic violence incident, nor are there associated photos or witnesses. “Sir, I want to remind you that the order of protection remains in effect … do you understand?” Ward said to Kurucs as the hearing ended. “Yes,” he replied.
His lawyer has denied any wrongdoing by his client, and Kurucs allegedly threatened to kill himself during the June 27 incident with his girlfriend. But when asked if he felt the case was weighing on the young forward’s psyche and hindering his performance, Atkinson said no. “I don’t think so,” Atkinson told The Post. “It’s not part of the conversation. I think his sanctuary right now is the basketball court. He’s practiced well, he’s engaged with his teammates; I see it. It’s more about the change in role and a young player having to deal with the different role.”
Brooklyn Nets forward Rodions Kurucs made a brief city court appearance in his domestic violence case Monday, just two days before his team’s home opener. The 6-foot-9 NBA star arrived in Brooklyn court dressed in a dark suit and stayed mum as he was ordered back to court Nov. 19. Kurucs, 21 — whose team will face off against the Minnesota Timberwolves in the Nets’ home opener Wednesday — is accused of assaulting his 32-year-old live-in girlfriend June 27 in their Gowanus, Brooklyn, apartment.
Kurucs must also contend with the potential immigration ramifications of the charges. Sports Illustrated has confirmed that Kurucs is playing in the NBA on a work visa. He is thus neither a U.S. citizen nor a permanent resident (green card). The U.S. Department of Homeland Security enjoys substantial discretion to seek the deportation of non-citizens who are convicted of violent crimes. Likewise, the agency can ensure that once the person leaves the U.S., he or she is deemed inadmissible to re-enter. Fortunately for Kurucs, he faces misdemeanor charges—and not felony charges.
A Brooklyn Nets player was arrested Tuesday for choking his girlfriend in his Brooklyn apartment during an argument that went out of control, police sources said. Rodions Kurucs, 21, was busted for attacking his then-girlfriend on June 27 just before 8 p.m. in his apartment on Bond St. near First St. in Carroll Gardens. Police sources said a verbal argument spiraled out of control.
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But that doesn’t mean Rodions Kurucs isn’t investing some sweat equity this offseason to earn every minute he can next season. From working out while in Europe this month to playing in Las Vegas Summer League next month, the Latvian forward is determined to stay in the mix. “I’m planning to play Summer League,” Kurucs, 21, told The Post. “My focus this summer is just working on my game, my all-around game, my handle, my shot, defense, rebounding, physicality for sure. Everything, basically, because I will need them next season.”
So far the Nets have added Jeff Peterson and Andy Birdsong as assistant general managers and have several other positions to fill. Brooklyn Nets assistant coach: Fleming, who worked primarily with Rodions Kurucs, left to join the Chicago Bulls as their lead assistant coach. Currently, there are four coaches who could move to the front of the bench alongside Kenny Atkinson, Jacque Vaughn and Bret Brielmaier. 1. Adam Harrington: Assistant coach / director of player development. Since the beginning of the Marks and Atkinson era, development has been an emphasis for the organization, which Harrington embodies.
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It’s hard to know how high Kurucs’s ceiling is. He has been as good as his limited role allows him to be as a rookie. There is plenty of room to grow. He has one of the lower 3-point rates on the Nets roster, and he might develop into a player who can shoot 3s off movement, a really unusual skill for a guy with his size and speed. Kurucs is in the 59th percentile of scorers leaguewide coming around screens off the ball, albeit in a very limited number of attempts (18), per Synergy. Creating for others is probably farther away, since he so aggressively looks for his own shot that he rarely makes plays on the move. He can also improve physically. He has a frame that should allow him to put on weight without losing athleticism, now that he’s in an NBA strength-and-conditioning program. A 20-year-old who can already contribute on both ends of the floor before tapping into his athletic upside has the chance to be really good at 25.