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Report: Nets and Pistons discuss Joe Johnson-Brandon Jennings trade


The Nets want to trade Brook Lopez, Joe Johnson and/or Deron Williams.

Lopez has been most-mentioned in trade reports, but Johnson has also drawn interest from the Hornets.

Another team in the Eastern Conference playoff race could also be exploring a Johnson trade.

Ohm Youngmisuk and Mike Mazzeo of ESPN

The Detroit Pistons have reached out to the Brooklyn Nets to inquire about the availability of former All-Star swingman Joe Johnson, according to league sources.

Sources told ESPNNewYork.com that no deal is imminent but said the teams have had exploratory discussions in advance of Thursday’s trade deadline about a trade package built around injured point guard Brandon Jennings and expiring contracts in exchange for Johnson.

Such a deal would look something like this:

  • Brandon Jennings
  • Jonas Jerebko
  • Caron Butler
  • Joel Anthony or Luigi Datome


  • Joe Johnson

The Nets would also need to include or waive two players – most likely from the group of Jerome Jordan, Darius Morris, Markel Brown and Cory Jefferson, each of whom has an expiring minimum contract.

But why would the Pistons do this?

Johnson’s $24,894,863 salary next season would wipe out their cap space. And for what? A declining 33-year-old – plus the loss of Jennings, who was playing exceptionally before his season-ending injury.

Stan Van Gundy said the Pistons won’t sacrifice future assets to chase a playoff spot, so it’s hard to see him making this deal. Maybe the Nets can leverage a better offer from Charlotte, which wouldn’t want to see Detroit improve, but that’s probably the upside for Brooklyn.

Report: Rockets interested in Deron Williams and Goran Dragic

Brooklyn Nets v Phoenix Suns

The Mavericks landed Rajon Rondo, but before the Celtics traded the point to Dallas, the Rockets were in the running for him.

It’s unclear how serious Houston was. Rockets general manager Daryl Morey likes to inquire into any possible deal, regardless of feasibility.

But perhaps the Rockets are truly interested in upgrading at point guard.

Ric Bucher of Bleacher Report:

Daryl Morey, no doubt, is burning up the phones, and the expectation is that he’s going to go hot and heavy after a point guard.

They love Patrick Beverley, but ideally, he is the third guard in that rotation.

And to give an indication of just how aggressive they might be, sources around the league are saying don’t count Deron Williams out from the Brooklyn Nets, even though he has that fat contract and right now has a rib injury

Far more likely is that they go back to a guy that they already know – Goran Dragic, who is in a crowded backcourt with the Phoenix Suns and could be got with that New Orleans No. 1 pick that the Rockets have right now.

Beyond Williams’ injury, there are major roadblocks for getting him to Houston.

Williams is so highly paid, it’s difficult to construct a trade that has the Rockets sending out enough salary to match. For example, a package of Jason Terry, Corey Brewer and Alexey Shved (the latter two can’t be dealt with other players until days before the trade deadline) would fall $2,360,879 short of meeting Collective Bargaining Agreement rules. Look at Houston’s roster and try finding $2,360,879 worth of salary to add without including players too valuable to deal for someone Brooklyn seemingly wants to dump. Also keep in mind the Nets can’t add more than one player than they send out in a trade, though they could waive minimum-salary players Jerome Jordan, Darius Morris, Cory Jefferson and/or Markel Brown if necessary beforehand to make room.

Houston is also less than $1 million below the luxury-tax line, so adding Williams would almost certainly prove quite expensive for the Rockets.

Dealing for the underpaid Dragic would be much simpler, though it would require Houston surrender much more desirable assets. A lot of teams are interested in Dragic, who previously played for the Rockets, and Phoenix could move him. He’ll be an unrestricted free agent after the season, and he, Eric Bledsoe and Isaiah Thomas haven’t always smoothly complemented each other.

At 22-16, the Suns are eighth in the Western Conference. As long as they remain in playoff position, they’ll probably keep Dragic and hope they can re-sign him this summer. But if the Thunder make a move and knock Phoenix down in the standings, the Suns would be more likely to get what they can for Dragic now.

Of course, Houston could also push Phoenix in that direction by making a substantial offer. The Rockets have the Pelicans’ first rounder (protected 1-3 and 20-30 the next four years and 1-3 and 25-30 the two after that). With New Orleans on pace to finish as the No. 14 seed in the lottery this season, that’s a reasonably valuable pick.

It shouldn’t be enough alone to net Dragic, but it’s a start, and the Rockets have plenty of other intriguing assets. It’s just a matter of whether they want to use them to upgrade at point guard when they have a very solid Beverley there already.

Monday And-1 links: Anderson Varejao and other camp notes

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Here is our regular look around the NBA — links to stories worth reading and notes to check out (stuff that did not get its own post here at PBT) — done in bullet point form. Because bloggers love bullet points like Stanford loves beating USC.

• MaShon Brooks keeps talking about being Sixth Man of the Year this year. It’s a good if lofty goal. My preseason guess on that one, Jason Terry again, rejuvenated in a new city.

• Today’s “wow he looks great heading into training camp” report goes to Anderson Varejao. Congratulations.

• Along those same lines comes the report Detroit’s point guard Brandon Knight has gained 10 to 12 pounds of muscle this offseason. Take this report with a grain of salt, especially if you think it makes him instantly better.

• The second most efficient shot in the NBA is the corner three (after a dunk/layup). Here is a really great graphic showing where the pass to that corner three comes from.

• Shaquille O’Neal bought and runs a movie theater in New Jersey now. Insert your own “Kazaam” jokes here.

We can rule out Miami now, but free agent Louis Amudson is reportedly “talking to a number of teams.”

• I know people who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones, but this is just funny.

• The Lakers signed second-round pick Darius Johnson-Odom but I wouldn’t bet on him making the roster.

• Swingman Alando Tucker tweets he will work out for the Bucks this week.

• The Nets have signed three guys to be training camp fodder: guard Stephen Dennis, and forwards Carleton Scott and James Mays.

• The Grizzlies are bringing in five guys to training camp not on guaranteed contracts: Flip Murray, Ronald Dupree, Jerome Jordan, Michael Dunigan and Jarrid Famous.

• Pooh Jeter tweets he has signed with the Shandong Bulls in China.