Nets GM says there’s no ‘fire sale’ of team’s star players

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The Nets are off to a 9-12 start to the season, and while that currently may be good enough for eighth (and a playoff spot) in the woeful Eastern Conference, it’s clear that the team with the highest payroll in the league is in need of some serious changes.

It wasn’t surprising, then, that a report surfaced earlier this week that had Deron Williams, Joe Johnson and Brook Lopez all available in trade, should another team find itself willing to take on one of those high-priced contracts.

But Nets GM Billy King says his intent isn’t to blow it all up in Brooklyn, and that he’s simply doing his due diligence while looking at ways to improve the roster.

From Tim Bontemps of the New York Post:

“My job is to listen to people and to make calls and to make calls back,” King said before the Nets’ 88-70 victory over the 76ers on Friday night at Barclays Center.

“Does that mean we’re having a fire sale? Absolutely not. I’m doing my job, as well as asking the players and the coaches to do their job. But my job is to work the phones, see what’s available.

“If things make sense you make trades. If they don’t, you don’t do it. But we’re not shopping or having a fire sale.”

All of that makes perfect sense.

It doesn’t change the fact, however, that Brooklyn’s willingness to trade essentially anyone on the roster is now public knowledge, and an admission that there is no one cornerstone player worth building around for the future.

We discussed the Nets’ situation and their potential trade partners on this week’s podcast.