Charlotte has been a surprise this season — their defense has bounced back to above average, but the bigger surprise was how Nicolas Batum, Jeremy Lin, and a healthy Kemba Walker have lifted their offense up to Top 10 in the NBA. They are close to a playoff spot in the East.
But they could use a little more depth along the front line, especially with Al Jefferson out, which has led to some talks with Brooklyn, reports Mitch Lawrence of The Sporting News (hat tip Eye on Basketball).
(Brooklyn) GM Billy King is conceding privately what we all know: The Nets aren’t making the playoffs. So it’s time to start breaking up the team. So far, Charlotte has called to try to deal for Bojan Bogdanovic, the team’s top 3-point marksman, Sporting News has learned. If Joe Johnson doesn’t get moved at the deadline, he’s seen as a prime candidate for a buyout.
First, that Johnson buzz is all over the league. Considering he makes $24.9 million this season, why would a team trade for him when they could let the Nets buy him out then sign him as a free agent for closer to the veteran minimum? He’s not good enough to pay even a portion of that huge deal.
Bogdanovic is a solid scoring big man, averaging 10 points a game, and who can stroke the three (33.6 percent). That shooting may be the key; the Hornets are fourth in the league in three-pointers taken but 17th in percentage. Offensively, Bogdanovic also works well off the ball and can score inside, too. He’s not a great defender and not a big help on the glass, but he is a good value at $3.4 million this season and $3.6 million next season. Would the Nets take a deal such as Brian Roberts and a future second round pick (with some protections)?
A few teams will call about Bogdanovic; the Nets can wait until closer to the deadline.