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January 16, 2015 Updates

A person with knowledge of the situation confirmed that the Thunder, Brooklyn Nets and Charlotte Hornets are discussing a deal that would send Nets center Brook Lopez to the Thunder, Hornets guard Lance Stephenson to his hometown Nets and the Thunder's Jeremy Lamb and the Nets' Jarrett Jack to the Hornets. If the deal remains in its current form, the person told USA TODAY Sports that Thunder center Kendrick Perkins likely would go to the Nets as well. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the private nature of trade talks. USA Today Sports

The Charlotte Hornets are in serious discussions with the Brooklyn Nets and Oklahoma City Thunder about a trade that could move Lance Stephenson to his native New York. Two NBA sources told the Observer Thursday night that the Hornets, Nets and Thunder have discussed a deal involving Stephenson, Brook Lopez and varying pierces off the Thunder’s roster. Charlotte Observer

David Aldridge: Re: proposed three-team trade talk reported by ESPN between Brooklyn, Charlotte & OKC (Brook Lopez to OKC, Jarrett Jack and Jeremy Lamb to Charlotte, Lance Stephenson to Nets): nothing imminent. Nets have many potential deals on the table and haven't made any decisions on which way they'll go. Twitter

January 15, 2015 Updates

The Charlotte Hornets have a strong interest in making a deal for Lopez, especially with center Al Jefferson sidelined with an injury, league sources told Yahoo. Yahoo! Sports

Brooklyn officials have been re-canvassing the league for intel on Hornets guard Lance Stephenson, trying to measure the risk-reward of bringing him back to his hometown, league sources said. Charlotte and Brooklyn talked several weeks ago, but discussions cooled when the Nets were reluctant to acquire Stephenson as part of a broader package, league sources said. Yahoo! Sports

The Nets have had discussions with Oklahoma City on Lopez, but the best chance for bringing back value on the former All-Star center could be gambling on the talent of Stephenson. There's support for a Stephenson homecoming to Brooklyn on the ownership level but rival teams believe the front office is more cautious about taking on the volatile player. Yahoo! Sports

League sources have suggested that Lopez, who makes $15.7 million this year and has $16.7 player option in July could be sent to the Hornets for Stephenson, who makes $9 million, and another player. Among the names mentioned by league sources are Bismack Biyombo, Cody Zeller and Noah Vonleh. A deal was reportedly close a month ago but Lopez began to play better and the deal went on the back burner. NetsDaily

Chris Mannix: Miami expressed interest in Brook Lopez, but that interest was minimal, a league source said. Per @WojYahooNBA, Nets ramping up trade talks. Twitter @ChrisMannixSI

A report surfaced yesterday indicating the Nets are still talking to teams about Brook Lopez and the Heat has shown strong interest. Lionel Hollins doesn't believe he needs to address it with his players. "I don't really get into the trade talks or even talk to them about that," the Nets coach said. "I just say that no matter where you are, you have to give all you have until you are not there anymore because that's the business that we are in. When there's rumors about a coach getting fired, he can't quit coaching until he's not the coach anymore, and it's the same way when there's rumors about trades. "You can't quit playing because rumors don't always come true." Newsday

January 14, 2015 Updates
January 10, 2015 Updates

They might be motivated sellers, but the Nets still think Lopez could fetch valuable players in a trade, according to one league source. His history of foot problems notwithstanding, the biggest issue in moving Lopez ahead of the Feb. 19 trade deadline has nothing to do with his health. Wall Street Journal

January 8, 2015 Updates

With 30 seconds remaining in the third quarter, an errant Nets pass rolled slowly down the court toward the opposing basket. Lopez was the closest to the ball, given a head start that a snail couldn’t blow. But he gave up and began a lumbering jog around midcourt, content to let it go out of bounds rather than get whistled for a backcourt violation. For whatever reason, he didn’t anticipate Boston forward Jae Crowder racing from behind. Crowder retrieved the ball, picked up a foul and buried two free throws, and Lopez could only tell his teammates, “My bad.” “Of course (it’s frustrating),” coach Lionel Hollins said. “I told him he was being lazy.” New York Daily News

“I definitely disappointed myself,” Lopez said. “The effort was poor out there, and I let my teammates down.” New York Daily News

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