Written and authored by NBA Expert Analyst Bobby Wallace. Charliessports.com produces it for Basketball news and notes. Our 500-star NBA Premium Picks have been winning at a 70.1% rate and will continue into the 2016 NBA Finals in June. The National Basketball Association Brooklyn Nets are going in a different direction. Brooklyn owner Mikhail Prokhorov is learning the in and outs of the league. The Russian billionaire is building his front office, instead of trying to put together a team by himself. Prokhorov is putting his ego on hold by hiring San Antonio Sean Marks as the Nets new General Manager. The native of New Zealand played over a decade in the league. Current Spurs GM and Head Coach have nothing but good things to say about the 40-year old Marks. It’s going to take some time as the Nets have older players with high salaries. Marks accepts the challenge and is looking forward to building Brooklyn into a contender.
In trade news, the Los Angeles Clipper acquired forward Jeff Green from the Memphis Grizzlies for guard Lance Stephenson. Stephenson, a former Indiana Pacers draft choice is described as cancer in the locker room. Green can help the Clippers with his versatility and long range shooting. Clippers head coach Doc Rivers is attending the Funeral of Oklahoma City assistant coach Monty Williams wife. Stephenson has been a disappointment in both Charlotte and with the Clippers. The Washington Wizards obtained Markieff Morris from Phoenix for DeJuan Blair, Kris Humphries and a protected future first-round pick. Morris will be close to his hometown of Philadelphia, and his twin brother Marcus plays in Detroit. Oklahoma City added depth to the point guard position by getting Randy Foye from Denver. The Thunder sent point guard D.J. Augustin, forward Steve Novak and future draft picks to Denver in exchange for Foye.
The Detroit Pistons put all their cards on the table getting Donatas Motiejunas and Marcus Thornton from Houston. Former Orlando Forward Tobias Harris is also a new member of the Pistons. Detroit is bolstering up the forward position to make a playoff run. In a three-team deal, the Cleveland Cavaliers parted ways with longtime fan favorite Anderson Varejao. Varejao, along with a future draft pick are now in the “GREAT NORTHWEST” as Portland Trailblazers. Orlando gets a second-round pick and point guard Jared Cunningham, who is probably going to be let go. Cleveland wins the Channing Frye sweepstakes; the former Arizona alumni will gives Cleveland another three-point threat. Everyone in Cleveland wonders if this is the missing piece. It sounds more like a move of desperation; Frye is a liability on defense, but he can shoot the basketball.