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
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.
Last month, the Nets, Thunder and Hornets discussed a trade that would have sent Brook Lopez from Brooklyn.
Talks fizzled, but not before one version of the deal nearly came to fruition.
Zach Lowe of Grantland:
It’s not clear why the Stephenson/Cody Zeller-Lopez trade fell through. It seems to be a fairly reasonable deal.
Lopez is near All-Star-level when healthy, but he’s frequently hurt and highly paid. Stephenson’s salary also exceeds his production, but he and Zeller are younger.
Why do I bring this up now?
Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports:
Guard Lance Stephenson is still being shopped by the Hornets, a source said.
The Nets are still aggressively trying to move Brook Lopez before the trade deadline, a source told Yahoo Sports.
Lance Stephenson’s fit in Charlotte is still questionable, and Brooklyn could still be looking to shed salary in advance of a sale. These teams have also discussed a trade involving Joe Johnson.
There are clearly pieces on both sides that appeal to these teams. That doesn’t mean they’ll connect on a trade, but they could continue to circle toward something as the trade deadline nears.
Adam Silver wants to expand NBA All-Star rosters, and in practice, he has.
The NBA commissioner has named four injury replacements – DeMarcus Cousins for Kobe Bryant, Damian Lillard for Blake Griffin, Kyle Korver for Dwyane Wade and Dirk Nowitzki for Anthony Davis. So, instead of 24 All-Stars, we have 28.
Is that a record for injury replacements? Not quite.
But it sets a record for starters replaced with Kobe, Griffin and Davis having been voted Western Conference starters.
Both 2007 and 1997 featured five injury replacements, and 2010 and 2001 each had four. No other year had more than two.
- Joe Johnson replaced Jason Kidd
- Josh Howard replaced Carlos Boozer
- Ray Allen replaced Allen Iverson
- Carmelo Anthony replaced Yao Ming*
- Mehmet Okur replaced Steve Nash
- Chris Webber replaced Patrick Ewing*
- Joe Dumars replaced Alonzo Mourning
- Detlef Schrempf replaced Charles Barkley*
- Chris Gatling replaced Clyde Drexler
- Kevin Garnett replaced Shaquille O’Neal
- David Lee replaced Allen Iverson*
- Jason Kidd replaced Kobe Bryant*
- Chauncey Billups replaced Chris Paul
- Chris Kaman replaced Brandon Roy
- Latrell Sprewell replaced Grant Hill*
- Dikembe Mutombo replaced Alonzo Mourning*
- Antonio Davis replaced Theo Ratliff
- Vlade Divac replaced Shaquille O’Neal*
*Voted a starter
It’s still possible, though unlikely,, 2015 matches the record for total injury replacements.
Carmelo Anthony seems set on playing, though it’s not a total certainty he will. And if someone can beat Kevin Durant one-on-one, that’s another spot available.