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 8, 2016 | 4:16 pm EST Update
Thaddeus Young had heard about the recent trade report linking him to Detroit, a rumor he dismissed. He didn’t hear it from the Nets, or his agent, but from his wife. “She don’t want to go to Detroit, I know that,” laughed Young, who shrugged it off as an idle rumor. “Honestly the first thing I heard about it was my wife. She said “Did you see the trade rumor?” She keeps me abreast of everything that’s going on.”
When a fan tweeted at Young’s wife that they hoped the trade didn’t go through Shekinah Young tweeted back. “At the end of the day it is what it is: It’s just a rumor. I haven’t heard anything about it,” said Young. “It is what it is. If it happens, then I’ve got to be ready. But each day I’m here and ready to play, each and every day.”
Vincent Goodwill: Fred Hoiberg on Jimmy Butler: “He feels better. We still don’t have a timeframe but the important thing is he’s feeling a lot better.” Hoiberg said there’s still a lot of soreness in the knee and he doubts he plays Wednesday but can’t say for sure,