Brian Lewis: Kenny Atkinson on #Nets extending Taurean Prince: “But sometimes you’ve got to bet on people and bet on humanity and bet on a player and that’s what we did. I’m thrilled.” #NBA
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Brian Lewis: Kenny Atkinson on #Nets extending Taurean Prince: “That’s an early call. On his part too, right? So he’s got to make the commitment to our organization, we’ve got to make a commitment without actually playing a regular season game…”
Taurean Prince: Goes to show you how great this organization is more so than how good of a player I am. They’ve embraced my family and I from Day 1. I could be anywhere but God brought me here for a reason and that’s to help WIN! & to WIN you must sacrifice.
Bobby Marks: Brooklyn now with a projected $135M in salary in 2020-21 after the Taurean Prince extension. That figure could increase to north of $145M when you factor in possibly 2 first-round picks and the team/non-guaranteed contracts of Theo Pinson, Garrett Temple and David Nwaba.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Brooklyn Nets F Taurean Prince has agreed to a two-year, $29M contract extension, CAA Sports’ Steve Heumann tells ESPN.
Now the Nets have a tough call to make over the next few days: Whether to lock the 25-year-old forward up with an extension, or risk letting him hit restricted free agency next summer. Prince told The Post he hopes it’s the former. “I want to be here as long as I can. And whatever happens, happens, but I’m just happy to play good basketball,” Prince told The Post. “One hundred percent, yeah. For sure. This is the best organization I’ve been in. “Top to bottom, from [general manager] Sean [Marks] all the way to the cooks to the janitors, [everybody’s] involved in welcoming as far as family. I can 100 percent be myself here. That goes a long way as far as players, because it makes your job a lot easier on the court.”
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September 16, 2021 | 8:36 pm EDT Update
Keith Smith: The Shanghai Sharks have signed former NBAers Jimmer Fredette and Noah Vonleh. This will be Fredette’s 5th season with Shanghai. He last played in the NBA in 2019 with the Phoenix Suns. Vonleh was briefly with the Brooklyn Nets last season. This is his first season with Shanghai.
NBA star Giannis Antetokounmpo was in Greece for a meeting with the country’s prime minister Thursday and a special ceremony to bestow Greek citizenship on his mother Veronica and younger brother Alex. Antetokounmpo, who led the Milwaukee Bucks to the NBA championship in July, attended the ceremony at the official residence of Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis. The 26-year-old Antetokounmpo was born in Athens, the son of Nigerian immigrants. He was granted Greek citizenship in 2013, allowing him to travel to the United States and join the Bucks later that year.
“We always felt Greek, but now we have an official stamp and we are happy,” Antetokounmpo told reporters after the ceremony. “Alex and my mom are Greek citizens now.” Antetokounmpo also traveled to Greece in August with his brother Thanassis, carrying the Larry O’Brien NBA championship trophy. He took the trophy to the ancient Acropolis in Athens to celebrate with members of his family.
September 16, 2021 | 8:07 pm EDT Update
Keith Smith: Cleaning up some loose ends on TPEs for the Boston Celtics… The Celtics used the Daniel Theis $5M TPE to acquire Kris Dunn in the three-team deal with the Hawks and Kings. That leaves Boston with five current TPEs. Those TPEs and expiration dates are in the next tweet. 1/2