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January 22, 2015 Updates

The Brooklyn Nets recently tried, unsuccessfully, to deal center Brook Lopez, which led to the franchise putting the brakes on the whole trading him concept in total. But when those wheels get back turning again — and they will — there will be no shortage of suitors, and the Nuggets are expected to be among them. They’ve already made one run at it, but were rebuffed along with everyone else by the Nets in favor of negotiations with Oklahoma City, and those talks got intense before breaking down. But there remains plenty of time before the Feb. 19 trade deadline, and the Nuggets have a lot to offer if they want to gamble. The question is how much to put on the table to entice Brooklyn to get into serious talks. There are inherent risks: Lopez has a player option after this season, so there would have to be some sort of assurances from his representation that he wouldn’t just walk and leave the Nuggets lighter on assets and out one big-time center at year’s end. Denver Post

January 21, 2015 Updates

One league source says the three-way deal that was to send Brook Lopez to Oklahoma City and Lance Stephenson to Brooklyn was never that close. "They didn't want [Kendrick] Perkins or Lance," the source said of the Nets. That doesn't mean a deal still couldn't be rekindled with other parts and trade partners. One wrinkle is that the Nets are still in contention for a playoff spot, which has GM Billy King reluctant to simply hold a fire sale. If that changes in coming weeks, it's far more likely King wouldn't hold out for talent and would accept future assets instead. Bleacher Report

It would make us revisit the James Harden trade, since the Thunder would be rocketing themselves into the tax for a vastly inferior player — and flipping Perkins, the guy they wouldn’t amnesty, to make the deal work. Lopez has a $16.7 million player option for next season, and most league executives expect him to exercise it, barring a major surge over the second half of the season. Grantland

January 18, 2015 Updates

The original deal would have sent Stephenson to Brooklyn, Nets center Brook Lopez to the Oklahoma City Thunder and various Nets and Thunder players – possibly point guard Jarrett Jack and shooting guard Jeremy Lamb – to the Hornets. A knowledgeable source told the Observer Friday morning that the deal was dormant, if not dead. The Nets pulled away from negotiations and are now exploring other options to move Lopez’s contract. Charlotte Observer

January 17, 2015 Updates

But while Lopez tries to do his best to pretend he never pays attention to anything that’s written or said about him, he couldn’t help himself when asked if he grows tired of hearing his name in trade talks. “I’ve been on the block for, like, six-and-a-half years now,” Lopez said with a smirk, drawing laughs. “So it’s no big deal.” New York Post

January 16, 2015 Updates

Ohm Youngmisuk: Sources say Nets have decided they cannot move forward on any trade until there is more of a consensus in the organization... The whole Nets organization still isn’t convinced it wants to take the Lance gamble. And a trade with OKC doesn’t give Nets enough... for now. That said, Nets' trade talk has been so active recently that possibility remains that talks can resume at any point. And, as all this is going on, Nets franchise is gauging interest in potential buyers which makes you wonder about the future of franchise. Twitter @NotoriousOHM

The Houston Rockets were also probing the Nets on Lopez too, league sources said. The Miami Heat have also remained connected to discussions on Lopez, sources said. The Thunder and Nets were discussing a larger package for the one-time All-Star center that included guard Jeremy Lamb and center Kendrick Perkins from the Thunder, league sources said. Yahoo! Sports

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