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June 23, 2011

NETS Trade Up for Brooks, Draft Williams

By Ben Couch


As the Nets scheduled 2011 Draft selection approached at No. 27, capable scorers kept sliding down the board. When MarShon Brooks proved available at 25, they made their move, sealing a trade with the Boston Celtics. General Manager Billy King acquired the Providence guard in exchange for No. 27 pick JaJuan Johnson and a 2014 Second-Round draft choice.

You can read the rest of the article, and watch video of Billy King speaking about No. 36 overall pick Jordan Williams, after the jump.



June 23, 2011

Join Us TONIGHT for the Draft!

By Ben Couch


Draft Day is finally upon us, and you can join NJNets.com for LIVE coverage, starting at 7 p.m., with 2011 NETS Draft Central! We'll have exclusive photos, continually updated information and a live chat running throughout with ... me, NJNets.com writer Ben Couch (@viewfromcouch).

There's been a lot of information to process, so here's a few resources if you still need to cram:



June 22, 2011

Avery Fields Draft Questions

By Ben Couch

Tuesday night, NETS coach Avery Johnson was in Brooklyn, throwing out the first pitch at MCU Park to kick off the Brooklyn Cyclones' game against the Aberdeen Ironbirds. But he spoke to the media before taking the mound (tossing a strike ... perhaps) and discussed a few topics, including Thursday's draft:

"You can't specifically talk about names, but I will say we are going to get our guy. Whatever position that is, we're going to need a guy who can come in and contribute 10, 12, 15 minutes next year because we need depth."

Watch the full interview above, and for more from his appearance in Coney Island, be sure to check out our A/V Gallery.



June 20, 2011

NETS Hold Final Pre-Draft Workout

By Ben Couch

During the Nets' final official workout of the pre-draft process, the team notably welcomed Georgia guard Travis Leslie and Big East Player of the Year Ben Hansbrough, a Notre Dame product and the younger brother of Pacers forward Tyler. Joining them were a few local talents St. John's guard Dwight Hardy and Hofstra forward Greg Washington along with Mustapha Farrakhan (Virginia) and Bangaly Fofana (France).

Interviews with General Manager Billy King, as well as Hansbrough (soaking his feet as part of post-workout treatment), after the jump.



June 16, 2011

NETS Close Out Week 3 with Local Talent

By Ben Couch

The last workout of Week Three featured UCLA forward Tyler Honeycutt, a projected first-round pick, and a slew of area talent playing in front of NETS staff. New York-born Jeremy Hazell played his college ball at Seton Hall, while Jonathan Mitchell finished at Rutgers after transferring from Florida and Rashad Bishop left Paterson, N.J. to join those two in the Big East at Cincinnati. Carleton Scott (Notre Dame) and Chris Wright (Dayton) rounded out the group.

Interviews with General Manager Billy King, as well as an ebullient Jeremy Hazell, after the jump.



June 15, 2011

NETS Thinking Big on Wednesday

By Ben Couch

The NETS brought the bigs on Wednesday, welcoming a group that included Keith Benson (Oakland), JaJuan Johnson (Purdue), Jeremy Tyler (Tokyo Apache) and Jordan Williams (Maryland).

With four bigs on the floor alongside two guards (Georgetown's Austin Freeman and Pittsburgh's Brad Wanamaker), the play was focused in the post, with battles underneath broken up by the occasional high-post/outside jumper. Off-court, the most impressive performance came from Tyler, who went pro after his junior year of high school in San Diego, playing a rough, shortened 2009-10 season for Israel's Maccabi Haifa before latching on in Japan last year.

Interviews with general manager Billy King, as well as Johnson and Williams, after the jump.



June 15, 2011

NJNets.com Draft Preview (Part 2)

By Ben Couch

NETS radio broadcasters Chris Carrino and Tim Capstraw teamed up once again to analyze the Nets' needs at picks No. 27 and 36 overall in Part II of our exclusive NJNets.com Draft Preview.

Enjoy, and be sure to catch up on Part I below.



June 14, 2011

41 Early-Entry Candidates Withdraw from Draft

By Ben Couch

The NBA shot out a press release with the list of players withdrawing their names from consideration for the 2011 Draft. Most of these decisions were already out there, but with a few notable names on there (Kentucky F Terrence Jones, Georgetown F Hollis Thompson), it's worth taking a browse.

Also of note is the full list of early-entry candidates who remain, including six international players: Davis Bertans, Bismack Biyombo, Nikola Mirotic, Donatas Motiejunas, Jonas Valanciunas and Jan Vesely -- each of whom projects to be a first-round pick.

Find the full list after the jump. (via NBA.com)



NETS Open Week 3 with a Double Session

By Ben Couch

A third week of predraft workouts at the PNY Center opened on Tuesday with a double session, as the Nets welcomed a group of wings ... so, so many wings ... and bigs. The morning session featured guards Diante Garret (Iowa State), Andrew Goudelock (College of Charleston), David Lighty (Ohio State) and Marcus Simmons (USC) along with big men Greg Smith (Fresno State) and Trey Thompkins (Georgia); the afternoon, Bojan Bogdanovic (Cibona Zagreb), Jon Diebler (Ohio State), Delroy James (Rhode Island) and Corey Stokes (Villanova) on the perimeter, with Mike Tisdale (Illinois) and Brian Williams (Tennessee) down low.

Interviews with general manager Billy King, as well as Lighty, Thompkins, Bogdanovic and Diebler after the jump.



June 13, 2011

NJNets.com Draft Preview (Part 1)

By Ben Couch

NETS GM Billy King recently sat down with radio play-by-play announcer Chris Carrino for an exclusive NJNets.com interview previewing the 2011 NBA Draft. Check back later this week for Part 2, in which Carrino and partner Tim Capstraw provide analysis.



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