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The Nets only have a dozen healthy players they can count on as they prepare to head to Orlando, and just one legitimate big man after their frontcourt got decimated by injuries and coronavirus.

But it sounds like they are on the verge of adding some reinforcements, and they most likely will be in the paint.

“Overall, we have to have as many bodies as possible going into Orlando,” interim coach Jacque Vaughn said in a Saturday Zoom call. “We have eight games in 14 days, so the demand on our athletes, the more available bodies we have the better off we’ll be for sure.”

Center DeAndre Jordan tested positive for COVID-19 and ruled himself out of the restart, and power forward Wilson Chandler opted out over similar concerns. Both were starting when the season got shut down in March.

Add in Nic Claxton’s season-ending injury, and that leaves Jarrett Allen as the only healthy Net taller than 6-foot-9. Expect GM Sean Marks to sign a big man as a substitute player for Jordan.

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“We have to definitely think about that,” Vaughn said. “Sean and I talked this morning on a call and we talked about addressing our size and not putting extra demand on Jarrett. So that could definitely be a route we take for sure.

“It definitely will be a little bit of a stress test for us. Whether that’s the amount of minutes that we play Jarrett Allen at 5, whether it’s being creative at the backup position, it changes rotations.”

The Nets have 6-11 John Egbunu in the G-League. Dragan Bender, Deyonta Davis and Christ Koumadje also are options.

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Brooklyn will play three scrimmages before restarting the NBA season July 31 vs. Orlando at Disney.

The Nets play Zion Williamson’s Pelicans on July 22 at 9 p.m., then face the Spurs on July 25 at 4:30 p.m. before ending with the Jazz on July 27 at 5:30 p.m.

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“Really, the goal of those games is to give some guys some rhythm,” said Vaughn. “Our guys haven’t played 3-on-3, 5-on-5, none of the normal build-up you have going into a regular season. More than anything, the conditioning is going to be a piece of it.

“It’s nothing like pushing off a screen or standing a guy up that’s running down the floor or multiple efforts on a play and then getting your body used to making those movements over and over again. A lot of it’s going to be based around getting a little bit of rhythm and then the conditioning aspect of it also.”

Vaughn said the Nets who stayed in-market were ahead of the others conditioning-wise, citing Garrett Temple, Joe Harris, Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot and Dzanan Musa.

He praised newcomer Tyler Johnson’s competitiveness, but added the team will have to be judicious with his minutes.

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TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Kanye West withdrew his petition to appear as a presidential candidate on New Jersey’s ballot, according to an email chain between a judge and what appears to be the rapper’s campaign email address.

In email correspondence obtained by The Associated Press, an unidentified person writing from a Kanye 2020 address tells Administrative Law Judge Gail Cookson that West is dropping his effort to appear on New Jersey’s ballot.

“At this time, Kanye 2020 has no further option than to regrettably withdraw from New Jersey and cease further efforts to place Mr. West’s name on the New Jersey ballot,” the Kanye 2020 email said late Monday.

Cookson replied Tuesday, accepting the withdrawal.

“I will consider this email as a request for a withdrawal of your petition to be placed in nomination for the President of the United States in the State of New Jersey,” Cookson wrote.

Election law attorney Scott Salmon objected to West’s petition last month, arguing that it failed to pass legal muster because signatures were incomplete and in some cases appeared written in very similar handwriting.

Salmon, who is a registered Democrat but brought the complaint on his own behalf, reacted positively to the news that West had withdrawn.

“I am glad that the Kanye campaign has realized that their petition was so deficient that it wasn’t even worth defending,” Salmon said in a phone interview. “It sort of highlights the fact that it shouldn’t have been submitted in the first place.”

The New Jersey petition showed a number of signatures looked nearly identical, including lower-case i’s dotted with a small circle. Some signatures lacked complete addresses. On the petition, West listed his residence as Cody, Wyoming, where he bought two ranches in the area last year.

Questions about why West withdrew and whether the campaign disputed Salmon’s objection were sent to the Kanye 2020 email address.

New Jersey is a reliably Democratic state in presidential elections, siding with the Democrat since 1988.

The status of West’s presidential campaign and whether he is truly seeking the White House remains unclear.

Kim Kardashian West last month asked for empathy for her husband and said he is bipolar.

Last month in South Carolina, Kanye West delivered an unconventional campaign introduction speech during which he proposed a $1 million payout to mothers and decried Harriet Tubman for her work on the Underground Railroad.

The Kanye 2020 website invites visitors to sign a petition so he can appear on the South Carolina ballot and uses a shorthand name that West uses as his Twitter handle as a slogan: “Ye for President.”

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