Where will Joe Johnson be playing in 2016-17? Stein: Not. Brooklyn. That’s about as definitive as we can get this far away from free agency. But the more interesting question might be: Will Johnson finish this season in Brooklyn? There are some folks around the league who wonder if the Nets would consent to buying out Johnson after the Feb. 18 trade deadline if they can’t move him. The Nets would naturally dismiss any such suggestions, given that they have no other choice but to try to win as many games as they can before sending their unprotected 2016 top pick to Boston. But they also frequently insisted that they wouldn’t buy out Deron Williams before ultimately doing so.
February 7, 2016 | 10:42 pm EST Update
Sam Amick: Since @aaronbruski is tweeting Kings, why not share a tidbit: the Rondo camp is very pro-George Karl. Not a game-changer, but worth noting.
The Nuggets New York trip comes at a good time for assistant general manager Arturas Karnisovas. He’s expected to interview with the Brooklyn Nets for their vacant general manger job while here. Then, he’ll get an up-close look at the Nets when the Nuggets face them on Monday night. Karnisovas has been one of the hottest names in the circles of up-and-coming executives ready to take the next step to general manger. He’s been with the Nuggets since 2013, arriving with Nuggets general manager Tim Connelly.