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Shabazz Muhammad Staying In Minnesota And Other Notes From Tuesday

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Shabazz Muhammad is going to be staying in Minnesota to play for the Timberwolves for the veterans minimum salary of $1.6 million according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN. Muhammad has been a member of the Timberwolves all four seasons that he has been in the NBA, but he entered free agency this offseason as a restricted free agent and then became an unrestricted free agent when the T-Wolves renounced his rights to free up cap room. Meaning he could sign with any team and the Timberwolves would not be able to match any offer sheet.

Muhammad has been pretty inconsistent during his four seasons in the league and he has not shown the ability to be the scorer that people thought he was going to be when he went to UCLA out of high school. He has still been a serviceable player and with Jimmy Butler being added to the team he will have even less pressure on him to try and score.

Former New York Knick Charles Oakley has filed a civil suit against James Dolan and MSG as a result of his forced removal from a Knicks home game back in February according to Victoria Bekiempis and Stephen Rex Brown of the New York Daily News. The Knicks have called the lawsuit “frivolous” and an attempt to garner attention tweets Ian Begley of ESPN.

The Brooklyn Nets signed center Tyler Zeller to a two-year contract, the team announced via their website. Over his 5-year career Zeller has been a nice player, doing his best work in Boston over the past three seasons, but he is not going to be the type of player to really make any big change to the Nets’ win total.

A press conference was scheduled to be held in Seattle to announce a plan to restore Key Arena to try and bring the NHL to the city, but also to try and bring the NBA back to the city. However, that press conference was cancelled after the now former mayor Ed Murray resigned amid allegations of sexual abuse. It will be interesting to see where the charge to bring the NBA back to Seattle goes from here.

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Nets’ Kenny Atkinson Says ‘Tanking is Not a Word We Use’

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The Brooklyn Nets have had a rough couple of seasons, some of which they clearly looked like a team that was tanking with 21, 20, and 28 win seasons over the past three years, but head coach Kenny Atkinson says that tanking is not a part of the franchise’s rebuilding plan.

Atkinson and general manager Sean Marks are trying to build a winner for the future, and while tanking may be a word associated with a team in the cellar of the Eastern Conference standings, it’s not a word Atkinson would use.

“No, because we’ve never talked about tanking,” Atkinson said, according to The Athletic’s Michael Scotto. “Sean and I, I’m just going to be honest, internally we don’t use the word. We don’t talk about it. We talk about internal improvement. We talk about player development. We talk about culture, but tanking is not a word we use. It’s just not in our…I don’t think the fans in New York want to see that.”

Marks has spent the past few seasons stocking up on high end draft picks and utilizing the draft to fill the roster, but the Nets aim to be players in the 2018-2019 free agency period and a marked improvement in the win column could help lure players to the Big Apple next summer.

“That’s the dream, right, the quantum leap,” Atkinson said. “I think that’s the big goal in the sky. I also think we’ve been making solid steps and solid improvements. I’d be happy with that too, but we understand what you’re saying about the quantum leap. I think our players see that it’s a possibility. I do think we have to come to it in a humble way too. We only won 28 games last year, an eight-game improvement, which is good and is hard in the NBA. I’d take another eight or 10-game improvement. That would be fantastic.”

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Nets, Knicks Targeting Kyrie Irving

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It’s unclear what Kyrie Irving’s future with the Boston Celtics is, but both the New York Knicks and the Brooklyn Nets are poised to pursue him if he hit’s free agency in 2019.

According to the New York Times’ Marc Stein, there are already “credible rumblings” that the Knicks and Nets will pursue Irving, whose “intentions are not at all clear at this point”, should the All-Star guard hit the free agent market next July.

“There have been no firm indications from Irving or his camp that the All-Star guard is eyeing an exit from Boston next summer or that he’s angling to go to New York—as is often speculated,” Stein said.

Irving posted  averaged 24.4 points, 5.1 assists during his first season with the Celtics.

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Suns Trade Jared Dudley to Nets for Darrell Arthur

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The Phoenix Suns and the Brooklyn Nets have completed a trade that will send veteran forward Jared Dudley and a top-35 protected 2021 second-round pick to Brooklyn for Darrell Arthur, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

The move seems to be for financial purposes.

Arthur has an expiring deal of $7.46M and is likely to be bought out by Phoenix and Dudley, who has a $9.53M expiring contract is likely to be bought out as well.

The deal seems to indicate that another trade is on the horizon for the Suns, who will have $3M in cap space after all is said an done, including buyouts, and could use other roster moves to create additional space.

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