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Nets take three in draft's second round

06/29/2012 12:08 AM ET
By Lou DiPietro

A Nets fan outside the Prudential Center before Thursday's NBA draft.(AP)
After coming into 2012 NBA Draft with just one second-round selection, the Brooklyn Nets walked out of their old home in the Prudential Center late Thursday night with three.

First, the Nets acquired the rights to Kansas guard Tyshawn Taylor, the No. 41 overall pick, from the Portland Trail Blazers in exchange for cash considerations.

Taylor, who grew up in Hoboken and played for the legendary Bob Hurley at St. Anthony’s High School in Jersey City, was a four-year starter at Kansas and helped lead the Jayhawks to four Big 12 regular-season titles, two Big 12 tournament championships, two NCAA Elite Eights and one Final Four.

The 6-foot-4 combo guard played both the point and the shooting guard at KU, and in 2011-12 averaged 16.6 points and 4.8 assists per game en route to earning Third-Team AP All-American honors.

The acquisition assures the Nets of having a point guard on their roster in 2012-13; last year’s starter, Deron Williams, becomes an unrestricted free agent on July 1, while backup Jordan Farmer has yet to inform the team whether or not he will exercise his $4.25 million player option for next season.

Taylor himself expressed excitement about the opportunity to play so close to home, simply posting the word “BROOKLYN!!!” on his Twitter account shortly after the trade news was broken.

Later, the Nets also traded cash considerations to the Philadelphia 76ers for the rights to the No. 54 overall pick, which the Sixers had used to select international power forward Tornike Shengelia.

Shengelia, a 6-foot-8 forward from Tbilisi, Georgia, played for Spirou Charleroi in Basketball League Belgium last season and led the Belgian squad in Euroleague play. He is also a member of the Georgian National Team, where he plays alongside Atlanta Hawks center Zaza Pachulia.

While the amount of the cash considerations weren’t announced in either deal, the Nets come into the Draft with the $3 million allotted to every NBA team under the rules of the CBA to use in a trade.

Brooklyn also had the No. 57 overall pick in the second round, which they used to select Ilkan Karaman, a 6-foot-10 power forward from Turkey who spent 2010-11 with Pinar Karsikaya in the Turkish Basketball League and averaged 10.7 points and 6.4 rebounds per game.

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