Brooklyn Nets Player News: All Positions

News: Irving (face) will play "significant" minutes against the Raptors on Friday, Brian Lewis of the New York Post reports.
Impact: Coach Kenny Atkinson also noted that Irving may be on a minutes limit, so it sounds like the Nets may just deploy Irving for the first half, as is often the case with high-profile players during the preseason. Irving and his teammates will look to build some chemistry ahead of Wednesday's season opener against the Timberwolves.
News: Coach Kenny Atkinson said Irving (face) is expected to play in Friday's preseason game against the Raptors, Ian Begley of SportsNet New York reports.
Impact: Irving has been sidelined with a facial contusion since last Thursday, but he's on track to return for Brooklyn's final preseason game after practicing without issue Wednesday.
News: Massinburg signed a contract with the Nets on Tuesday, Brian Lewis of the New York Post reports.
Impact: Massinburg put up solid numbers with Buffalo over four seasons, averaging 15.3 points, 5.9 boards, 2.4 assists and 1.1 steals over 130 career matchups at the collegiate level. The Nets also signed Devin Cannady on Tuesday, a former guard at Princeton.
News: Jordan totaled four points, 11 rebounds, three assists, and two steals in 19 minutes during Saturday's 91-77 preseason victory over the Lakers.
Impact: Jordan moved back to the bench Saturday, coming away with a modest line. Both he and Jarrett Allen have had their shot as the starter with neither putting their hand up to be the must-roster player. It would appear as though a timeshare is going to be the plan moving forward which does make both players tough to rely on in standard formats. With that being said, both could still have late value with Allen likely having the slightly higher upside.
News: Prince had 14 points (5-9 FG, 4-5 3Pt), four rebounds, two assists, and one steal in 21 minutes during Saturday's 91-77 preseason victory over the Lakers.
Impact: Prince came off the bench behind Rodions Kurucs (three points, four rebounds) but was still the better of the two players. He is putting together a nice preseason, resulting in his ADP climbing in most formats. He received some hype heading into last season with the Hawks but was disappointing on the whole. He has a chance to secure a starting spot for the Nets and with his fantasy-friendy game, is certainly a nice late-round addition to any squad.
News: LeVert finished with 22 points (8-11 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 3-4 FT), five assists, four rebounds, and three steals in 23 minutes during Saturday's 91-77 preseason victory over the Lakers.
Impact: LeVert did most of his damage in the first half, dominating on both ends of the floor. He had been questionable heading into the game with a minor eye concern but he appeared untroubled. LeVert is looking to build on his breakout season and figures to feature heavily in what the Nets' are doing moving forward. He is currently being taken in the middle rounds of most drafts but that could trend up slightly after this performance.
News: LeVert (eye) is listed as questionable for Saturday's preseason game against the Lakers in China, Ian Begley of SportsNet New York reports.
Impact: LeVert was poked in the eye during Thursday's preseason game against the Lakers and apparently is still recovering. While it doesn't seem like an issue that will linger into the regular season, it's entirely possible the Nets will play it safe and hold him out Saturday.
News: Irving (face) won't play in Saturday's preseason game against the Lakers in China, Ian Begley of SportsNet New York reports.
Impact: Irving is dealing with a facial contusion after getting elbowed during Thursday's preseason game against the Lakers. Even though the Nets won't play again until Friday, it's possible the team could have him sit out longer because the contusion seems to have aggravated his existing facial fracture, which was initially sustained in late September.
News: Jordan had five points (1-3 FG, 3-4 FT), seven rebounds and three blocks in Thursday's preseason win over the Lakers.
Impact: The bigger news is that Jordan drew the start at center, while Jarrett Allen come off the bench. It was Allen, however, who got the start in Brooklyn's first preseason game, so it's tough to get a read on which way coach Kenny Atkinson may be leaning. More than likely, both players will start, at times, during the regular season, and they figure to split minutes relatively evenly.
News: Dinwiddie had 20 points (6-14 FG, 3-6 3PT, 5-6 FT) and seven assists in Thursday's preseason win over the Lakers.
Impact: Dinwiddie came off the bench, but he was essentially a starter for the Nets, who lost both Kyrie Irving (face) and Caris LeVert (eye) within the first two minutes of the game. Dinwiddie went on to play 25 minutes, finishing as the team's leading scorer, while adding three rebounds and a steal. He did commit five of Brooklyn's 25 turnovers, however.
News: Prince had 18 points (6-11 FG, 4-6 3PT, 2-2 FT) in Thursday's preseason win over the Lakers.
Impact: Prince gt the start at small forward and fared well, hitting four three-pointers and adding four rebounds before fouling out in 24 minutes of action. With Wilson Chandler facing a lengthy suspension to begin the year, Prince will have a chance to grab hold of the starting small forward spot, which would make him a fairly appealing late-round fantasy target.
News: LeVert started Thursday's preseason game against the Lakers but left early in the first quarter after appearing to get poked in the eye, Brian Lewis of the New York Post reports.
Impact: The Nets lost both LeVert and Kyrie Irving (face) in quick succession, and neither player ultimately returned to the game. For now, consider LeVert day-to-day as Saturday's rematch with the Lakers approaches.
News: Irving took an elbow to the face and departed Thursday's preseason game against the Lakers after just one minute of action, NBC Sports Boston reports.
Impact: Irving was already wearing a mask after suffering a facial fracture earlier in camp, so it's likely the hit to the face -- which came in the form of a Rajon Rondo elbow -- aggravated that injury. For now, it's unclear if the Nets expect Irving to miss any additional time, but the team now has more reason than ever to consider limiting his exposure during the exhibition season. Brooklyn is scheduled to take on the Lakers again on Saturday in China.
News: Irving is expected to play in the Nets' next preseason game against the Lakers on Thursday, Malika Andrews of reports.
Impact: Irving was held out of Friday's preseason clash as a precaution after he took an elbow to the face in a workout, but he should be on the court for his team's next two exhibitions, both against Los Angeles.
News: Musa produced 18 points (7-15 FG, 1-5 3Pt, 5-6 FT), seven rebounds, three assists, and one steal in 25 minutes during Friday's 137-89 preseason victory over Franca.
Impact: Musa came off the bench Friday but led the team in playing time with 25 minutes. He did not miss out either, scoring 18 points to go with seven rebounds. The sophomore played in nine regular-season games for the Nets last season and will be looking to build on that number moving forward. He will be battling with a number of other players for a regular spot in the rotation and is really only worth keeping an eye on in deeper formats.
News: Nwaba compiled 18 points (7-8 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 2-3 FT), five rebounds, four assists, and two steals in 23 minutes during Friday's 137-89 preseason victory over Franca.
Impact: Nwaba brought the energy Friday, putting together a nice outing in his preseason debut for the Nets. He has flashed a somewhat fantasy-friendly game during short periods of his career but is yet to find himself a consistent role. It is unlikely that it is going to come this season despite this nice performance. He could be an every night part of the rotation but would likely need an injury to catapult him into standard league consideration.
News: Dinwiddie tallied just five points(2-8 FG, 1-6 3Pt, 0-2 FT), 12 rebounds, seven assists, and one steal in 22 minutes during Friday's 137-89 victory over Franca.
Impact: Dinwiddie kicked things off as the starting point guard with Kyrie Irving (face) on the sidelines. He struggled from the field but still managed to rack up numbers in other areas. Dinwiddie is going to be the sixth-man for the Nets come opening night and is more of a points guy than anything else. He can chip in a handful of assists and three-pointers but can be a drag in percentages. Managers can likely grab him with a final pick if you need points late in drafts.
News: LeVert totaled 13 points (4-8 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 4-6 FT), nine assists, three steals, and two rebounds in 20 minutes during Friday's 137-89 preseason victory over Franca.
Impact: LeVert started at shooting guard, handing out a game-high nine assists. Both Kyrie Irving (face) and Joe Harris (rest) were out for this game and so it is certainly not a true reflection on what is to come. However, LeVert is almost certainly going to be a member of the starting five and is seen as a crucial part of what the Nets are doing. He can put up numbers across the board and managers will likely have to part with a pick in the middle rounds if they hope to acquire his services.
News: Allen amassed 12 points (5-5 FG, 2-4 FT), five rebounds, three assists, one steal, and one block in 20 minutes during Friday's 137-89 preseason victory over Franca.
Impact: Not too bad for Allen who was given the starting nod in the first preseason hitout. Playing as the starter is obviously a good sign, however, nothing is set in stone at this stage. DeAndre Jordan (11 points, eight rebounds) also saw 20 minutes of playing time and so it would seem as though a timeshare could be on the cards. With that being said, Allen still has the most upside of the two and is worth a look in the later rounds of competitive leagues.
News: Prince ended with 22 points (8-10 FG, 6-8 3Pt), four rebounds, one assist, and one steal during Friday's 137-89 preseason victory over Franca.
Impact: Prince looked good in his first outing for the Nets, nailing 6-of-8 from beyond the perimeter on his way to 22 points. He has a chance to begin the season as the starting power forward and could be a sneaky bounce-back candidate after a poor showing last season. The Nets have said they would like him to be their defensive stopper and coupled with his ability to score and pass the ball, keep him in mind with one of your final picks.
News: Harris is not in the starting five for Friday's preseason game.
Impact: Harris started all of his appearances last season. With newcomers Kyrie Irving and Taurean Prince set to be heavily involved in the rotation, it's possible Harris will come off the bench in the 2019-20 campaign. Still, it's only the first preseason game, so it's debatable how much stock we should put in it.
News: Allen will start at center for the Nets' first preseason game against Sesi Franca Basquete on Friday, Ian Begley of SportsNet New York reports.
Impact: It remains unclear who will start at center once the regular season arrives -- Allen or DeAndre Jordan. While Allen drawing the start Friday is a good sign, coach Kenny Atkinson was non-committal when asked about the future of the position, saying that the team will look at many different lineups during the preseason.
News: Irving doesn't expect to play in Brooklyn's exhibition Friday against Basquete Franca, Greg Logan of Newsday reports.
Impact: Irving was spotted back at practice Tuesday after taking a shot to the face a week ago, though he's unlikely to take the court for Brooklyn's first exhibition. Assuming he doesn't play Friday, his next opportunity will come Oct. 10 against the Lakers.
News: Irving (face) returned to practice Tuesday, Greg Logan of Newsday reports.
Impact: Irving took an elbow to the face late last week, and while he sustained a facial fracture, the issue is not considered to be overly serious. Like most stars, Irving, who donned a mask at Tuesday's session, may be limited during the preseason, which begins for the Nets next Thursday in Los Angeles.
News: Irving (face) didn't practice Sunday, Brian Lewis of the New York Post reports.
Impact: It was the second straight practice that Irving has missed due to his facial fracture. The guard is still considered day-to-day at the moment and his injury isn't expected to impact his availability for the Nets' first preseason matchup Oct. 10.
News: Irving (face) did not participate in Saturday's practice, Greg Logan of Newsday reports.
Impact: Irving suffered a facial fracture during a workout Tuesday, and he's considered day-to-day. The injury isn't expected to impact his availability for the Nets' first preseason contest, which is Oct. 10 against the Lakers.
News: Thomas signed with the Nets on Friday, Mike Vorkunov of The Athletic reports.
Impact: This signing had been expected for the last couple days but Thomas now officially occupies the last spot on the Nets' 20-man roster heading into training camp. He could certainly make the team and serve as additional frontcourt depth in the season ahead after doing the same for the Knicks over the past five seasons.
News: Irving has been diagnosed with a left side facial fracture and is day-to-day.
Impact: Irving took an elbow to the face during Tuesday's workout, which did some significant damage. That said, the Nets say Irving is day-to-day, so he's avoided anything serious. It seems likely he'll be ready to play by the time training camp officially begins.
News: Irving took an elbow to the face during a workout Tuesday, Anthony Puccio of Nets Daily reports.
Impact: While Irving ended up in the hospital, the incident doesn't appear to be anything overly concerning, as it was downplayed by GM Sean Marks. Irving could be sidelined for a few days, but if that's the case, it would likely be on a precautionary basis.
News: The Nets expect Durant (Achilles) to remain out for the entire 2019-20 season, but GM Sean Marks said Tuesday that Durant will "have a large say" in when he returns, Brian Lewis of the New York Post reports.
Impact: There's no reason for the Nets to say anything that would suggest Durant will be back before the end of the year, but the organization appears to be leaving the door open to that possibility. Durant will continue to rehab over the next several months, though speculation about his potential return date will undoubtedly begin to heat up in the weeks following the All-Star break. "It's obvious he wants to play, but there's more at stake here," Marks said. "This is a long term approach... it'll be a group decision, including Kevin himself"
News: Brian Lewis of the New York Post reports that "the feeling within the league" is that Durant (Achilles) could potentially return before the end of the 2019-20 season.
Impact: It's mostly speculation at this point, but the mere fact that the notion of Durant returning this season is being floated around the NBA has to be viewed as an encouraging sign for the former MVP. Durant suffered a torn Achilles back on June 10 during the NBA Finals, and a return late in the 2019-20 season would represent a recovery period of roughly nine or 10 months. That would be on the short end when it comes to a ruptured Achilles, but it's certainly not inconceivable. When asked about Durant's progress, teammate Spencer Dinwiddie offered the following quote: "I know KD is taking the rehab process ultra-serious. He wants to come back as soon as it's appropriate, and healthy and the right decision for him, and then also subsequently that would also be the right decision for," said Dinwiddie. "The beautiful part about this is, the man is 7-foot and one of the best shooters of all time. At worst you get Dirk [Nowitzki], and Dirk was a monster. So we're ready for him to come back whenever he wants to and whenever he's ready to do so, and we know that he's going to be a phenomenal major piece of our roster."
News: Kurucs was arrested on Tuesday in Brooklyn for allegedly choking his girlfriend, Trevor Boyer and Graham Rayman of the New York Daily News report.
Impact: Police sources noted that a verbal argument spiraled out of control, which led to physical violence. Kurucs is slated to return to court on Oct. 21, and it's possible a solution or verdict won't be known until then. If he misses any time on the court, Taurean Prince would be a beneficiary.
News: Chandler is facing a 25-game suspension stemming from a positive PED test, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Impact: Wojnarowski notes that the NBA is expected to announce the suspension Thursday, and while Chandler can appeal, the expectation -- for right now at least -- is he'll be suspended for nearly the first third of the regular season. Assuming the suspension holds up, Chandler would be first eligible to make his Nets debut on Dec. 15 against the 76ers.
News: Allen said Tuesday that he's working on his outside shot this summer, Nets Daily reports. "Definitely been shooting more this summer," Allen said. "I've always been saying the game has been expanding to the three-point line, so I have to stay ready for anything they throw at me. I don't know what it's going to come down to, or the coach's system, but for me, I'm preparing to play the four or the five. It's interchangeable for us. But I'm ready to play whatever they throw at me."
Impact: Allen also noted that he's gained 10 pounds since the end of last season, but the bigger news may be that he could see time at the power forward spot, as well as center. The arrival of DeAndre Jordan in free agency has complicated Allen's role, at least on paper, but sliding down and playing the four alongside Jordan would offer the chance at increased minutes. Given that the Nets have other options at forward, however, the most likely scenario is that Allen and Jordan split time at center relatively evenly. Allen said earlier in the summer that he wants to hold onto his starting spot, but coach Kenny Atkinson likely won't name a starter until October.
News: LeVert agreed to a three-year, $52.5 million contract extension with the Nets on Sunday, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Impact: LeVert put up a career-high 13.7 points over 40 games a season ago, and he managed to bounce back from an ugly ankle injury that sidelined him for close to three months. The Nets expect the 6-7 forward to continue to play a key role going forward, and they've now backed that up by locking LeVert up for the next three years.
News: In a recent interview, Allen made it clear he intends to remain the Nets' starting center, despite the addition of DeAndre Jordan, The Athletic reports.
Impact: Allen initially downplayed the competition between he and Jordan, but after saying "it doesn't matter to me," the third-year big man followed up with a rather explicit correction: "F--- it, yeah, I want to start. F--- it," Allen said. While coach Kenny Atkinson is yet to divulge which of the two centers will run with the first unit, he appeared encouraged by Allen, who's normally reserved, going out of his way to stake his claim to the job. "As far as starting, not starting, Jarrett Allen said, 'Hey, I want to be the starter,' which I love," Atkinson said. "It's great. I think we embrace the competition. I think that'll play out. I do think it helps us matchup-wise. If it's Joel Embiid, maybe Jarrett gets two quick fouls or something (and) we do have a heck of a player to support him and potentially starting different guys, too. I think that's possible. I think it's a great tandem to have." Judging from that quote -- specifically, the word "support" -- perhaps Allen already has the upper hand heading into camp, but the pair will likely split minutes relatively evenly. That should mean another productive campaign for Allen, though his upside will likely be limited so long as Jordan is healthy.
News: Adel has agreed to an Exhibit 10 contract with the Nets, Michael Scotto of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Adel saw spot run with the Cavaliers last season, garnering 194 total minutes, including three starts. He was ineffective, but the Nets seem to feel the 22-year-old is worth investing in.