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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January 22, 2021 | 8:53 pm EST Update
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