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Rudy Gobert And D’Angelo Russell Set To Miss Time With Injuries

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The Utah Jazz are going to be without the services of Rudy Gobert for at least four weeks after the big man suffered a bone bruise in his knee. Gobert is one of the premier defenders in the whole league and for a Jazz team that struggles to score and relies a lot on their defense this is a huge blow. In a loaded Western Conference I have a hard time seeing the Jazz still being in a playoff spot when Gobert returns. On top of being one of the better defenders in the league, he is averaging 13.9 points per game and is a huge force inside and a tough matchup for most teams to deal with in what is a guard-oriented league and I don’t see any way the Jazz replace him over the next month.

In a different injury Brooklyn Nets point guard D’Angelo Russell is set to miss at least a couple of games with a left knee contusion. Russell has been in the midst of a breakout season after being dealt from the Lakers to Brooklyn, averaging 21 points and 5.7 assists per game, so for a team that has surprised some people early this year winning more than people thought they would this is a big injury if it turns out to be an injury that causes him to miss more than just a few games. The consensus seems to be that he will just miss a few games but his recovery from this is going to continue to be monitored.

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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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