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December 21, 2014 Updates

A hiccup in the trade is Sacramento coveting Mason Plumlee, who is not part of the deal as currently proposed. Plumlee would upgrade the Kings at the power forward spot forming an imposing frontcourt along with DeMarcus Cousins and Rudy Gay. All three were teammates on Team USA that captured the FIBA World Cup in Spain this offseason. CSNBayArea.com

December 20, 2014 Updates

Alex Raskin: Regarding the @Adrian Wojnarowski report about the #Nets, #Kings and Deron Williams: Sacto made the call and talks are not ongoing. Twitter @alexraskinNYC

Without Lopez, second-year big man Mason Plumlee has starred, averaging 14.8 points and 8.5 rebounds per game in Lopez’s absence. Despite the Nets current three-game losing streak, the former Duke star has reached double figures in his past five games and scored a career-high 23 points in a loss at Toronto on Wednesday. “It’s not just offense, defensively he’s rebounded better, he’s rotating better. He’s just doing,” Hollins said. “Instead of thinking, ‘I should be playing more, I’m not getting this, I get yelled at all the tine,’ he stood up as a man and said I have to play better. Once he acknowledged that, he started playing better.” New York Post

The Brooklyn Nets and Sacramento Kings are discussing a deal centered on former All-Star guard Deron Williams, league sources told Yahoo Sports. The Nets have been shopping their high-priced star players, and the Kings have been probing the market for an impact point guard. No deal is imminent, but the talks are ongoing, sources told Yahoo Sports. Yahoo! Sports

Ohm Youngmisuk: Sources confirm @WojYahooNBA report that Nets + Kings have talked possible trade involving Deron Williams. As Woj reports, nothing imminent Twitter

Sacramento has significant interest with Williams, but a hurdle to a possible deal is the Kings’ desire to have center Mason Plumlee included into the package, league sources said. Brooklyn has considered Plumlee a significant part of its future core. The Kings have been thrilled with Collison, who has emerged as a strong leader and a popular teammate this season. There remains a reluctance for Sacramento to move him in a deal, sources said, but the Nets would need a point guard to replace Williams. Yahoo! Sports

The Nets also are active in the trade market, but rival executives doubt they'll find a taker for Deron Williams, who has two years and $43 million left on his contract, or to a lesser extent, Joe Johnson, who has one year and $24.9 million left. "Those contracts are hard to swallow," one exec said. CBSSports.com

Brooklyn might have better luck unloading Brook Lopez on a rebuilding team willing to take a chance on the injury-prone center, who has one year and $16.8 million left. In any scenario, the Nets have indicated no willingness to take on contracts that go beyond next season, as they are positioned to have $50 million in cap room when the new TV deal kicks in and won't jeopardize it for a short-term fix, league sources say. CBSSports.com

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