TL;DR news on Nets at June 14, 2023

He has yet to be a free agent in his career, though he holds a $47.3 million player option for next year and could command as much as $270 million from the Nets next summer. The Brooklyn Nets played host to the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday night and were witnesses to the LeBron James experience as he and the Lakers put on a show and handed the Nets a rough home loss. LaMarcus Aldridge has been a hot hand all season for Brooklyn, so Nash turning to Aldridge over Griffin is a reasonable decision, especially since the Nets struggle to score at times. "It's a mental adjustment more than anything," Nets veteran Patty Mills said. Nobody in the Nets organization seemed surprised at Thomas' moment. "Making a tough runner, that's his shot, so glad he knocked that down." There were bags scattered all over the Nets' press conference room. "But I'm sure people were watching the game tonight." The 2014 MVP got up to leave and was reminded that many people around the league watched the Nets' performance. As Harden walked to the podium, he proclaimed to everyone within earshot: "Don't call me tomorrow," chuckling at the logistical absurdity of the Nets' past week. 19 | Washington, Capital One Arena The more Kessler Edwards played alongside Irving, the more the Nets rookie forward picked up on how closely Irving had been watching the team from afar. "Obviously when we have Ky here for these away games, it's a different dynamic," Edwards said before Nets' ninth game in 15 days since Irving returned. There was mutual interest between the Nets and Isaiah Hartenstein this past summer, but they signed Millsap instead while Hartenstein later joined the Clippers. While the Nets have fielded calls for Claxton of late, Marks must assess how much Claxton could get in restricted free agency next summer after signing with CAA. Beyond virtual reality, the Nets have expressed interest in pushing a variety of other technologies aimed at enhancing fan experience, particularly at the Brooklyn arena. The Nets remain the favorites due to their sheer amount of talent, but it's hard to have complete confidence in them. A team with three superstars, such as the Nets, may win simply because of their star power, yet despite their big three, Brooklyn has a few key players. Everyone expected him to be a tremendous addition to this Nets team when he arrived, but he has certainly exceeded expectations thus far. Nic Claxton Nic Claxton has only played in 20 games this season, but he has been a significant bright spot for the Nets when he has been on the floor. In recent days, the Nets have also acquired former NBAers Tyrone Wallace and Terrico White while requesting waivers on forwards Wayne Blackshear and Talib Zanna. Saturday is the game that feels most notable, as the Nets are a behemoth. With injuries and illnesses ravaging the Nets, the three rookies have all had big games in recent weeks.