The Nets are reportedly in accelerated discussions with teams while trying to deal Brook Lopez, the center that has struggled with injuries in recent seasons, and has spent plenty of this one in new head coach Lionel Hollins’ dog house.
Lopez has talent (at least on the offensive end of the floor), but also has a price tag of more than $16 million in the form of a player option for next season. As such, a team needs to be a little bit desperate in order to consider dealing for his services — and the latest report says talks are ongoing involving one team which definitely qualifies.
From Chris Broussard of ESPN.com:
The Brooklyn Nets, Charlotte Hornets and Oklahoma City Thunder are involved in discussions about a three-way trade that would send Brooklyn playground legend Lance Stephenson to his hometown team, according to league sources.
Stephenson, who has been a poor fit since signing in Charlotte this past summer, would join the Nets, while Brooklyn center Brook Lopez would be moved to Oklahoma City. Charlotte would receive Jarrett Jack from Brooklyn and Jeremy Lamb from Oklahoma City, sources said.
Other pieces might be included to make the deal work financially.
After a slow start to the season thanks to injuries to Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, OKC is currently on the outside looking in as far as the playoffs are concerned. While the injuries are more than a legitimate reason for that, the team hasn’t yet begun to come together now that its two stars are back, and has already made one risky deal by taking a chance on the much-maligned Dion Waiters, acquiring him from Cleveland in a three-team deal that also involved the New York Knicks.
This incarnation also involves Lance Stephenson going to Brooklyn, and Charlotte receiving spare parts.
The trade deadline is still a month away, so there isn’t any rush. But if Brooklyn continues to push, something should get done sooner rather than later — especially if a team like the Thunder feels as though it must make a strong move simply to have even the slightest chance at making the postseason.