Brooklyn Nets Player News: All Positions

News: Ellenson agreed Monday with the Nets on a two-way contract, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Impact: A 2016 first-round pick, Ellenson will be entering his fourth season in the NBA in 2019-20 as a member of his third organization after stints with the Pistons and Knicks. After being cut loose by Detroit in February, Ellenson landed with the Knicks and saw his biggest NBA opportunity to date, appearing in 17 contests and averaging 6.0 points and 3.4 rebounds in 13.8 minutes per game. As he heads to a more talented Brooklyn roster, playing time will likely become even more difficult to come by, especially since the 22-year-old's two-way deal will only allow him to spend up to 45 days at the NBA level.
News: Allen left Sunday's summer league game against the Timberwolves due to a left hip contusion, Brian Lewis of the New York Post reports.
Impact: Allen won't return to the contest, though the injury doesn't appear to be overly serious. He likely won't see any further summer league play following the scare.
News: Nwaba agreed to a two-year contract with the Nets, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Nwaba played 51 games for the Cavaliers last season, recording 6.5 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 1.1 assists in 19.3 minutes per game. He'll provide Brooklyn some added bench depth as a capable defender and rebounder.
News: Allen finished with 14 points (6-10 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 2-4 FT), 13 rebounds, two blocks and an assist in the Nets' win over the Magic in the Las Vegas Summer League on Wednesday.
Impact: Allen has played solid minutes thus far in summer league action, scoring with efficiency and crashing the glass with authority, Entering his third year, he'll face an uphill battle for playing time with the arrival of center DeAndre Jordan. Allen averaged career-highs across the board as a sophomore last season with averages of 10.9 points, 8.4 rebounds and 1.5 blocks in 80 games.
News: Irving officially signed a four-year, $136.49 million contract with the Nets on Saturday.
Impact: Irving's decision to join Brooklyn was one of the first dominoes to fall in free agency, but he was unable to formally sign with the Nets until July 6, when the NBA's moratorium on new deals officially ended. The star point guard's contract includes an estimated $36.5 million player option for 2022-23, when he could decline in order to enter free agency again ahead of his age-30 season.
News: Pinson (back) re-signed Monday with the Nets on a two-year contract, Michael Scotto of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Brooklyn pulled Pinson's qualifying offer over the weekend, allowing him to become a free agent. The North Carolina product didn't wait long to find work, however, as Brooklyn quickly re-signed him once the team had more salary-cap flexibility. Pinson had also been nursing a back injury that sidelined him for Sunday's Las Vegas Summer League matchup with the Hornets, but that's no longer a concern, either. He suited up in Monday's 88-85 win over the Wizards, finishing with nine points.
News: Musa managed 15 points (3-10 FG, 2-7 3Pt, 7-7 FT), two assists, and one steal in 20 minutes during Sunday's 74-58 win over Croatia.
Impact: Musa matched Rodions Kurucs for the game high in scoring. However, Musa also totaled twice as many turnovers as assists while failing to record a single rebound. He'll look to continue building his case to crack the rotation this season after a strong showing and solid development in the G League as a rookie.
News: Kurucs collected 15 points (6-8 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 1-2 FT), three rebounds, two assists, and one block in 23 minutes during Sunday's 74-58 win over Croatia.
Impact: Kurucs was extremely efficient and remains overqualified for summer league play after bursting out onto the scene as a surprisingly effective rookie contributor. His minutes will likely be scaled back as the event continues, and Kurucs could very well be in line for an even bigger role as a sophomore.
News: Pinson won't be available Sunday for the Nets' Las Vegas Summer League matchup with the Croatian national team due to lower-back tightness, Brian Lewis of the New York Post reports.
Impact: Pinson appeared in 22 games for the Nets in 2018-19 as an undrafted rookie out of North Carolina, averaging 4.5 points, 2.0 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 11.7 minutes per game. The Nets elected to pull his qualifying offer earlier in the weekend, so he's now an unrestricted free agent even though he'll continue to participate with Brooklyn's summer-league squad. Pinson finished with 14 points, six rebounds and six assists in 29 minutes in his first appearance in Las Vegas and apparently injured his back along the way.
News: Claxton signed a multi-year contract Sunday with the Nets.
Impact: The Nets haven't suggested that Claxton's contract is a two-way deal or Exhibit 10 deal, suggesting that he'll be head into training camp with a 15-man roster spot in hand. The first pick of the second round on the June draft, Claxton is expected to see limited run at the NBA level as a rookie.
News: Claxton turned in just two points (1-3 FG, 0-1 3Pt) one rebound and one steal across 13 minutes during the Nets' 96-92 loss to the Mavericks in a Las Vegas Summer League game Friday.
Impact: The top overall pick in the second round of June's draft, Claxton got off to a quiet start in summer league play while being deployed on the second unit. The big man logged two years of college ball at Georgia before declaring for the draft, so there's likely still plenty of development ahead of him. The Nets are likely to afford him increasing opportunity in subsequent Vegas games.
News: Kurucs posted 14 points (6-8 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 1-4 FT), seven rebounds, two assists and one block across 30 minutes during the Nets' 96-92 loss to the Mavericks in a Las Vegas Summer League game Friday.
Impact: Kurucs finished a solid rookie campaign with averages of 8.5 points and 3.9 rebounds across 63 games, and he's looking to gain further seasoning this summer in Las Vegas. The 21-year-old got off to a strong start in that regard Friday, and even with the recent addition of Wilson Chandler via free agency, Kurucs still likely has the inside track to the starting power forward job in the coming season, particularly if he can put together a strong showing in the desert.
News: Allen totaled 19 points (8-12 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 3-4 FT), eight rebounds, three assists, three blocks and one steal across 29 minutes during the Nets' 96-92 loss to the Mavericks in a Las Vegas Summer League game Friday.
Impact: The big man unsurprisingly turned in a strong performance against less experienced players, posting a dominant all-around effort in the process. Allen now faces a challenge for his minutes in the form off free-agent signee DeAndre Jordan, but the young big man naturally has longer-term upside and will have a chance to further refine his game during summer league play.
News: Allen (thumb) has been cleared to play during Friday's Las Vegas Summer League game against the Mavericks, Brian Lewis of the New York Post reports.
Impact: Allen was dealing with a right thumb injury, but it's cleared up. He said earlier in the year that he wanted to develop a three-point shot, so it's possible we see that on display.
News: Allen suffered a right thumb injury and his status for Friday's summer league opener is unclear, Brian Lewis of the New York Post reports.
Impact: Allen, who is planning on adding a three-point shot to his game, might not get the chance to showcase his development right out of the gate. More information on his status should arrive closer to tipoff.
News: Chandler has agreed to a one-year, veteran's minimum contract with the Nets, Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports reports.
Impact: Chandler saw a heavy role reduction last season with the 76ers, garnering 23.1 minutes per game -- his lowest mark since his rookie season in 2007-08. He mainly provided value as a three-point shooter, with 1.2 makes per game, and as a rebounder (4.2 boards per game). Chandler figures to see a similar workload with the Nets.
News: Jordan has agreed to terms with the Nets on a four-year, $40 million contract, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPn reports.
Impact: As expected, Jordan will join Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant as the final piece in the Nets' massive free agency haul. Jordan is no longer the elite defender and rim runner he was in his heyday with the Clippers, but he's still one of the best rebounders in the league and can always be counted on for a high field-goal percentage. How Jordan fits with the Nets' incumbent center, Jarrett Allen, remains to be seen.
News: Durant (Achilles) officially announced via The Boardroom's Instagram account Sunday that he plans to sign with the Nets.
Impact: ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski broke the news earlier Sunday, but Durant has now officially confirmed that he'll sign a four-year, $164 million contract in Brooklyn. Durant is expected to be followed in short order by both Kyrie Irving and DeAndre Jordan, which immediately moves up the Nets' window of title contention. Of course, Durant is expected to miss much, if not all, of next season after tearing his Achilles during the NBA Finals.
News: Pinson was extended a qualifying offer by the Nets on Friday, making him a restricted free agent, Michael Scotto of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Pinson saw limited run with the Nets last season, playing 211 minutes as a rookie. While he struggled offensively, Brooklyn still appears to be interested in his services.
News: Russell was extended a qualifying offer from the Nets, making him a restricted free agent, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
Impact: There are swirling rumors that the Nets and Kyrie Irving have a mutual interest -- a scenario which would likely result in Brooklyn letting Russell walk. Still, Kyrie to the Nets is far from a done deal, so the front office won't take any chances, opting to make Russell a restricted free agent.
News: Hands was selected by the Nets with the 56th overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft.
Impact: Hands was a highly touted high school recruit before spending two seasons at UCLA, and a breakout sophomore season propelled him into declaring for the NBA draft. He is capable as both a scorer and playmaker, averaging 14.2 points and 6.1 assists per game last season. He will likely end up spending a good portion of his rookie season in the G League with the Nets already boasting quality depth in the backcourt.
News: Claxton was selected by the Nets with the 31st overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft.
Impact: Last year, during Claxton's sophomore year at Georgia, he averaged 13.0 points, 8.6 rebounds, 2.5 blocks, 1.8 assists and 1.1 steals per game. That led to the 6-foot-11 big man being named to the All-SEC team. Claxton has upside as a switchable defender and has shown offensive versatility. It's possible he'll be able to develop his jumpshot to stretch to the three-point line.
News: The Nets declined to extend Hollis-Jefferson a qualifying offer, making him an unrestricted free agent this offseason, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Impact: The 23rd overall pick in the 2015 Draft, Hollis-Jefferson looked to be turning into a key piece of the Nets' future core, but his development stalled in 2018-19. as he appeared in just 59 games and averaged 8.9 points on a career-worst 41.1 percent from the field. Hollis-Jefferson's lack of shooting range (career 22.3% 3PT) is a major concern, but he's an extremely versatile defender at 6-foot-7 and should draw a fair amount of interest on the free agency market come July. With Hollis-Jefferson off the books, the Nets currently have roughly $46 million in cap space.
News: Prince, along with a 2021 second-round pick, has been dealt to the Nets in exchange for Allen Crabbe, the 17th pick in the 2019 Draft and a lottery-protected 2020 first-round pick, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Impact: The deal creates nearly two maximum free-agent spots for Brooklyn and gives Atlanta even more picks for its rebuild. Prince may be able to step into a starting role with the Nets and continue seeing nearly 30 minutes per night. However, it's not clear who his teammates will be moving forward, as the Nets hope to gain one or more top-flight players over the summer.
News: Crabbe was traded to the Hawks on Thursday in exchange for Taurean Prince and a future second-round pick, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Impact: The Nets will also send two first-rounders -- including this year's pick -- to the Hawks in what ultimately amounts to a salary dump. Crabbe is due to make $18.5 million in the final year of his contract, and in clearing that off of their books, the Nets are in position to free up two max slots as free agency approaches. Per Wojnarowski, Brooklyn has its eye on landing Kyrie Irving, as well as a second superstar.
News: Crabbe (knee) opted into his player option Friday with the Nets for next season, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Impact: The deal will land Crabbe a whopping $18.5 million for the 2019-20 season but it won't guarantee him playing time after shooting below 37 percent from the field over 43 games this season. He'll be spending the offseason rehabbing his right knee after undergoing arthroscopic surgery in April.
News: Russell was cited for marijuana possession at LaGuardia airport in New York on Wednesday night, A.J. Perez of USA Today reports.
Impact: Russell has received a summons to appear in court for the incident. According to the NBA's collective bargaining agreement, Russell will be required to enter the league's marijuana program if he "has been convicted of (including a plea of guilty, no contest or nolo contendere to) the use or possession of marijuana in violation of the law." Aside from that, it's unlikely the league will hand down any additional discipline.
News: Allen said Wednesday that he wants to extend his shooting range to three-point line next season, Bryan Fonseca of reports.
Impact: With an 11-for-60 success rate from three-point range through two seasons in the league, Allen's initial returns haven't been encouraging, but big men with shakier jumpers than him have developed into reliable outside shooters later in their careers. Allen has at least converted at a respectable 73.2 percent clip from the free-throw line during his time in the NBA, suggesting he has some touch outside of the paint. Before any claims of Allen making the three ball a bigger part of his arsenal can be taken seriously, however, he'll need to display a willingness to fire away from distance during preseason action.
News: Allen registered eight points (4-8 FG), nine rebounds and a block over 24 minutes Tuesday in Game 5 against Philadelphia.
Impact: Allen knocked down 50 percent of his shots in a 122-100 loss for the Nets. The Sixers took the series 4-1 following Tuesday's blowout, ending Allen's postseason journey. He averaged 11 points along with 6.8 rebounds over five matchups.
News: Napier finished with 11 points (3-5 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 4-4 FT), four rebounds, 10 assists and a steal over 16 minutes Tuesday against Philadelphia.
Impact: Napier was efficient shooting the basketball and dished out 10 helpers, but his postseason will come to an end following a 122-100 loss in Game 5. The 27-year-old point guard averaged eight points along with 3.7 assists in three playoff contests.
News: LeVert racked up 18 points (6-12 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 5-8 FT), three rebounds, four assists and a steal over 31 minutes Tuesday against Philadelphia.
Impact: LeVert pieced together a solid final line, but it wasn't nearly enough to prevent the Sixers from closing out the series with an impressive 122-100 victory. He was a solid source of production throughout the postseason, averaging 21 points over five contests.
News: Musa was ejected from Tuesday's Game 5 loss against the 76ers, Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Impact: Musa was playing garbage time minutes and got involved in a scrum. The rookie will finish the year having appeared in nine regular-season games for the Nets, totaling 19 points, five rebounds, two assists and two steals in 39 minutes.
News: Hollis-Jefferson tallied 21 points (9-13 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 2-5 FT), two rebounds, an assist and two blocks over 15 minutes Tuesday in Game 5 against the Sixers.
Impact: Hollis-Jefferson was one of the only Nets to find success in Game 5, and Philadelphia was able to close out the series with a 122-100 victory. The 24-year-old forward finished in double figures three times during the postseason and averaged 13.3 points over four games.
News: Kurucs, prior to being ejected in the fourth quarter, produced 14 points (4-8 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 4-5 FT), seven rebounds, one assist and one steal across 15 minutes during Tuesday's 122-100 Game 5 loss against the 76ers.
Impact: Some garbage time pushing and shoving resulted in Kurucs being ejected, and his season will end early. Considering he was drafted with the 40th overall pick this past summer, Kurucs had a relatively nice season. In 63 appearances, he posted 8.5 points and 3.9 rebounds on 45.0 percent shooting while picking up 49 starts.
News: Davis (ankle) is out for Tuesday's Game 5 against the 76ers, Brian Lewis of the New York Post reports.
Impact: A right ankle injury will keep Davis out for a second straight game. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Jared Dudley and DeMarre Carroll may see more time at backup center as a result.
News: Davis (ankle) is a game-time decision for Tuesday's Game 5 against the 76ers, Anthony Puccio of reports.
Impact: Davis missed Game 4 due to right ankle soreness, and his availability for Tuesday will come down to the wire. If he's out, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, DeMarre Carroll and Jared Dudley could all see more minutes as backup center options.