Trade deadline names to watch (David Aldridge)


Two-plus weeks until the trade deadline, and the Carmelo Circus aside, along with those guys who everyone knows are on the block -- like the Nets' Troy Murphy and the Knicks' Anthony Randolph and Eddy Curry -- here are the guys that, according to front office sources around the league, are eminently gettable before Feb. 24: Golden State center Andris Biedrins, Memphis guard O.J. Mayo, Lakers forward Ron Artest, Portland centers Marcus Camby and Joel Przybilla, Philadelphia forward Andre Iguodala, Phoenix forward Josh Childress, Washington forward Rashard Lewis, Detroit guard Rip Hamilton, Cleveland forward Antawn Jamison, Minnesota guard Jonny Flynn, Charlotte forwards Stephen Jackson and Boris Diaw and Houston forward Jared Jeffries.

DeMarcus Cousins rookie retrospective


Looking forward, Cousins remains one of the most enigmatic prospects in basketball even now that he's in the NBA. On one hand, he has extremely strong physical attributes and is capable of being one of the most uniquely dominant centers in the NBA, something that does show up every few games. On the other, he's basically done everything every doubter from the draft process expected him to do, and he has been one of the most inefficient, turnover prone players on one of the worst teams in the league. From

Tune-In Alert: Nets Magazine


If you hate football or get tired of the build-up to Super Bowl XLV, Nets Magazine airs on YES Network at 4:30 Sunday. This month's episode includes features on the progress of Barclays Center; the favorite away arenas of Nets players; and Kris Humphries' recent success. Jessica Taff hosts the program.

Avery Fined $25,000 for Berating Ref


Avery Johnson fined $25,000 by the NBA for berating official Brent Barnaky during Wednesday's game against the 76ers. Johnson, who had not been hit with a technical foul all season, got two when he argued that Devin Harris hadn't not gotten foul calls after repeatedly being hammered in the lane. Johnson said he was "disappointed" in the league's action but said it's time to "move on."

Knicks fined $200,000 for illegal draft workouts


WTF! $200k?! And the scout was fined $20k? No suspensions? No loss of draft picks? I DEMAND that King starts illegal scouting and workouts, immediately. It would be fiscally irresponsible not to. I'll personally chip in money for the fine, if that's what it takes.

Jared Sullinger profile


Sullinger may not carry himself like a star, but there’s no denying that he is one. NBA scouts who attend Ohio State’s games dote on his athleticism, strength and versatility. "He’s not a one-dimensional guy," one scout said. "He can score better than you think he can from the outside, he rebounds with high energy on both ends, and he’s a lot bouncier and nimble than his body type may suggest." A different scout said that, along with Sullinger’s size, his biggest strength is his "basketball IQ." He recognizes when to set screens, he has a feel for where his teammates are going to be on the court and he understands different offensive and defensive schemes.

Arena "Slightly Ahead of Schedule"


A consultant who keeps track of construction progress at Barclays Center has told arena bondholders that "currently, the project is slightly ahead of schedule". The report, which measures construction progress against expenditures, is dated last Friday. The arena is expected to be "substantially complete" on June 1, 2012, and ready for events in the succeeding months, including Nets' preseason games beginning October 17, 2012. The most recent progress report said the arena was on schedule.

Nets (Finally) Go National on NBA TV


NBA TV has put Monday's Nets-Nuggets game on its national schedule, marking the first time this season the Nets will play before a national TV audience. The Nets and Spurs will play before NBA TV cameras on February 14 and both London games vs. the Raptors in early March will also be televised by NBA TV. Ironically, the Nets have already played before a national audience--in Russia. The Nets-Jazz game was the first live Nets game televised in Mikhail Prokhorov's homeland. ESPN will also broadcast the London Games live--but only in the UK. Neither ESPN nor TNT plan to carry Nets games domestically.

Bleacher Report Artice on How to Turn the Nets Into a Winner Again


This guy makes some good points, but is WAY too desperate to make a deal and willing to dump Harris for a roll of quarters and a turkey sandwich.