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Report: Nuggets trying to trade for Brook Lopez


Brook Lopez has struggled to provide the level of defense that Nets head coach Lionel Hollins desires, and that, along with the fact that the Nets have gotten off to a slower-than-expected start to the season, has Brooklyn willing to blow things up entirely, and trade one or more of the team’s high-priced stars — if the offer is right.

Lopez has value in trade, because he’s still capable of playing at an All-Star level on the offensive end of the floor at times. But the combination of his contract (Lopez holds a player option for $16.7 million next season) and his history of injury has teams unwilling to come up with reasonable trade scenarios thus far.

The Nuggets are the latest team to try, only to be shot down.

From Marc Stein of ESPN.com:

Denver, I’m told, has been pushing an offer of J.J. Hickson/JaVale McGee for B-Lopez. Nets have so far been firm in their refusal to take it

Tonight’s Brook Lopez performance helps explain why Nets, even though they’ve seriously discussed trading him, feel they can’t give him away

The performance being referred to is Lopez putting up 35 points, 12 rebounds, three steals and three blocked shots in 41 minutes (off the bench!) in Friday’s overtime loss to the Raptors.

But in the three games before that, Lopez managed to score just 18, six, and four points, respectively.

Hickson and McGee for Lopez would match from a salary perspective, but wouldn’t necessarily make Brooklyn any better. And, while Hickson as a role player for $5.6 million next season is palatable, McGee at $12 million is not.

Brooklyn will remain willing to trade Lopez (or Deron Williams, or Joe Johnson) if the players that come back can be part of a positive roster rebuild, or will come off the books to help create some salary cap space. But it seems clear at this point that the Nets want talent back in exchange for these guys; whether or not that will still be the case as we get closer to the Feb. 19 trade deadline remains to be seen.

Report: Executives have proposed moving up NBA trade deadline

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The NBA trade deadline is Feb. 19 this year.

Rajon Rondo, Jeff Green, Timofey Mozgov, Brandan Wright (twice), Iman Shumpert, Dion Waiters, J.R. Smith and Corey Brewer have already been traded since this season began. There have been several smaller deals, too.

How many more players are left to be traded in the next few weeks?

Sure, the Nets probably still want to trade Brook Lopez and Joe Johnson. The Hornets should be motivated to move Lance Stephenson. The Knicks want to unload Jose Calderon and Pablo Prigioni. Thaddeus Young and Norris Cole seem available. The Thunder might not keep Reggie Jackson?

So, it’s not as if the trade market is dead. But is there any reason these other trades can’t be made sooner?

Zach Lowe of Grantland:

some executives have already pitched an earlier trade deadline in informal discussions with league officials.

Admittedly, I could be overreacting to a single season. But it seems the new Collective Bargaining Agreement has changed the in-season trade market.

Contracts are shorter, placing less value on expiring contracts. Therefore, teams aren’t using them as the primary selling point in midseason swaps to get better players on lengthier contracts who teams want to dump.

Now, in-season trades are more about talent. And if teams are going to add talent, they’re going to do it sooner – both to increase chemistry-building time and the number of games a new player helps the team win.

But I don’t see a point to mandating the trade market move this direction. The deadline is already early enough to prevent wide-spread dumps by non-playoff teams to playoff teams. Mostly, if not fully, teams completely out of playoff contention by mid-February have already ridded themselves of win-now players in an effort to tank.

I think moving up the trade deadline would matter less now than, say, a decade ago. But what is the benefit?

Report: Nets “evaluating” struggling team, including Lionel Hollins

Lionel Hollins

The Brooklyn Nets have lost eight of their last 10 games. They’re currently half a game out of the playoff picture in the Eastern Conference and things aren’t looking to get better anytime soon. This wasn’t what was supposed to happen for a team that’s spent so much money on big-name talent and traded so many draft picks for veterans.

ESPN.com’s Marc Stein and Ohm Youngmisuk report that the organization is looking at areas of improvement, possibly including the head coaching position:

The Brooklyn Nets, increasingly worried about a recent lack of competitiveness, have launched an in-season evaluation of various facets of the team, including new coach Lionel Hollins, according to league sources.

The Nets lost consecutive road games last week to the Los Angeles Clippers and Utah Jazz by 39 and 35 points, respectively, sparking concern within the organization about whether Hollins’ message is getting through. It’s just the fifth time in NBA history that a team has lost back-to-back games by 35 points or more.

Nets ownership, sources said, is monitoring the situation closely, with Brooklyn having just fallen out of the East’s top eight after a 2-10 slide that coincides with the franchise being up for sale.

Sports Illustrated‘s Chris Mannix, meanwhile, reports that Hollins is not on the hot seat and is not in danger of losing his job.

The truth of the matter is, the Nets’ roster is so stuck from a talent and flexibility standpoint that a coaching change wouldn’t help things. They’ve been discussing trades involving Deron Williams, Joe Johnson and Brook Lopez with various teams, but there’s nothing imminent and it’s hard to believe this team isn’t simply what it is right now, regardless of coach.

Since buying the team in 2010, Mikhail Prokhorov and general manager Billy King have mortgaged the future so thoroughly that there isn’t much to work with in the event that the team is sold and coaching and front-office changes do take place. Those albatross contracts have between two and three years left, they owe this year’s pick to the Atlanta Hawks in a pick swap, and several more picks to the Boston Celtics. Unless they can convince a big-name free agent to sign in 2016, like Kevin Durant, they’re stuck with what they’ve built.

Report: Hornets, Nets talking possible Lance Stephenson for Joe Johnson trade

Lance Stephenson

A few weeks ago the Brooklyn Nets tested the waters of possibly trading for Brooklyn native Lance Stephenson, giving them a home-town guy with some upside to sell to fans as the team starts what could be a messy rebuild. The deal involved Brook Lopez. However, after asking around the league about Stephenson they pulled back on the deal.

The Nets would love to dump Lopez’s contract, however if they dump Joe Johnson’s contract that would be better.

That’s part of what the Nets and Hornets are starting to discuss, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.

The Charlotte Hornets and Brooklyn Nets have restarted trade discussions, this time focused on guard Joe Johnson, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

The Hornets and Nets are discussing a larger package that would likely include guards Lance Stephenson and Gerald Henderson and forward Marvin Williams, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

According to the report Bobcats owner Michael Jordan has some interest in Johnson, who is owed $24.9 million next season, plus the rest of his $23.1 million for this season. Charlotte has won 8-of-10 and moved past the Nets to occupy the eighth and final playoff spot in the East if the postseason started today.

Johnson has seen his efficiency fall off this season as he has battled knee tendonitis. Johnson is shooting a still respectable 36.2 percent from three, but that is well off his 40 percent last season. Overall Johnson has a true shooting percentage of .516 and a PER of 14.3, both slightly below the league average.

That said, he’s likely a better fit off the ball for Charlotte than Lance Stephenson, who has not been able to coexist with Kemba Walker. Also, Johnson would likely be a chemistry upgrade in the locker room for Charlotte, a team that has looked to move Stephenson, their star signing of the summer.

For Brooklyn, they give Stephenson a fresh chance and he makes just $9 million next season, a reasonable gamble for the potential.

DeAndre Jordan posterizes Brook Lopez with alley-oop finish (VIDEO)

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That pretty much sums up how the Nets’ game against the Clippers went Thursday.

Late in the second quarter of the Clippers utter destruction of the Nets Thursday, DeAndre Jordan was rolling down the lane, got the alley-oop pass from Chris Paul, went up to finish and Brook Lopez quaintly tried to rotate over. It didn’t end well for Lopez.

After the game Jordan was having a laugh about the play.