Deron Williams and Brook Lopez have been among those made available in trade by the Nets front office, after a slower than expected start to the season where, in the eyes of head coach Lionel Hollins, the pieces haven’t seemed to fit.
But that doesn’t mean the team will be showcasing them by playing the duo heavy minutes as a member of the starting lineup.
Brooklyn beat Sacramento on Monday, in a game where both Williams and Lopez played sparingly while coming off the bench. And as long as the team is winning, Hollins seemed to indicate that the trend will continue for the foreseeable future.
Deron Williams and Brook Lopez didn’t get on the court for the first 11½ minutes of Monday’s game. They weren’t even the first off the bench, becoming the seventh and eighth men. …
Lionel Hollins, clearly losing patience with the questions about Brooklyn’s former cornerstones, indicated that his controversial rotation is here to stay.
“Why you keep asking about Deron and Brook? This is the Brooklyn Nets,” the coach said. “Yes, they were starters, they’ve been out and if you note, while they were out we started playing better and winning, so why would I go back and change the lineup now?”
Williams, after missing two games due to injury, has come off the bench in each of the last three games. Lopez, after missing eight games, has been a reserve in the team’s last four.
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The Nets have won three out of their last four by sticking with this plan, and Hollins is looking for wins more than anything else. But don’t expect the trade market to suddenly heat up for either of those two, with their value plummeting as they sit and watch each game’s opening minutes from the sidelines.