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May 31, 2015 Updates

But King and Yormark made no mention of Williams and Johnson — omissions that can be taken as an ominous sign for the duo. It’s unclear if either Williams or Johnson has requested a trade. In the letter, King and Yormark wrote the owner “is 100 percent dedicated to delivering a winning product on the court.’’ New York Post

May 27, 2015 Updates
May 26, 2015 Updates

It is widely assumed the Nets will explore the trade markets for both Joe Johnson (with his expiring $24.9 million deal) and Jarrett Jack (due $12.6 million over the next two seasons but only partially guaranteed in 2016-17) to try to get away from tax territory that way, instead of waiving and stretching Williams. Neither of those ideas is as complicated as trying to trade D-Will himself, with $21 million next season and $22.3 million in 2016-17 owed to the 30-year-old, but you wouldn't describe trading Johnson or Jack for purely financial motivations as easy, either. ESPN.com

Some rival executives think the Nets might go ahead and explore the Plumlee marketplace anyway, in hopes teams remember his dogged play for Team USA the past summer more than his struggles to get on the floor under first-year Nets coach Lionel Hollins. Now, though, would not appear to be the ideal time to see what shopping him might fetch. ESPN.com

May 12, 2015 Updates
May 11, 2015 Updates

Pierce laughs at the picks the Nets surrendered (three first-rounders and a Celts’ right to swap opening round places in 2017). Less than two years later, Garnett and Terry had been traded and Pierce had left as a free agent. “I’m not even thinking about their situation,” said the 10-time All-Star. “I put all that behind me now. It’s all about where I am now. They’ve got to deal with that.” Boston Herald

"Obviously I wish I could have just finished up in Boston, but who knows if I’d even be playing still?” Pierce said. “If I’d stayed in Boston, that next year (2013-14) could have been my last, the end of that last contract. You know I wanted to finish my career there, but I understand in this day and time how much of a business it is. It was definitely a tough year for me down there in Brooklyn. “I definitely can understand what Danny did from a business aspect. They’re transitioning into a new generation, a new era, and they’re trying to build for the future.” Boston Herald

May 10, 2015 Updates

In an extensive interview with Jutarnji List, a Croatian newspaper, Bojan Bogdanovic says he's happy with the Nets, loves New York and hopes that he won't be included in any trade packages with "stars" that the Nets might make. "I don’t know what team management is planning, but I know trades are normal thing and that in packages the stars go more players," said the Nets rookie. "I feel great in Brooklyn and hope I won’t be traded anywhere." NetsDaily

Not to worry, Bogie, you're sticking around. His fears are unfounded said a league source familiar with the Nets off-season thinking. "He is not going anywhere," the source told NetsDaily. Although Bogdanovic has not been mentioned as a trade piece, the Nets may very well have to give up something of value in packages that would send players like Deron Williams, Joe Johnson and Jarrett Jack elsewhere. NetsDaily

May 7, 2015 Updates

The big blockbusters have not done much for the Nets. So now General Manager Billy King is looking to improve from within. Just don’t rule out another trade. Keeping Brook Lopez is the priority, while moving Deron Williams and Joe Johnson could be options if King decides to break up the Nets’ core. “Joe may have summed it up best,” King said Wednesday. “It may be the group, just together — maybe it’s time to maybe split it up, or maybe add to it to help them. So we’ll look to add to complement them, to make them better. Or do you look to maybe move a piece to add some other pieces to it?” New York Times

”Without Brook Lopez, there’s no way we even get to where we go to this year. What you saw in the playoffs, teams are double-teaming, game-planning how to stop him. And so that to me, when you’ve got a guy that can average 20 and is rebounding the basketball and getting double-doubles, there’s not a lot of guys that can do that.” New York Times

May 6, 2015 Updates
May 4, 2015 Updates

The Nets can go two different routes, depending on how their salary-cap situation plays out. If they move far enough below the projected “hard cap” of $85 million, they could potentially use the full $5.464 million mid-level exception, the $2.139 million bi-annual exception and be eligible to make sign-and-trades in which they receive a player signing a new contract. However, that would mean the Nets would not be allowed to go above $85 million in spending at any point during the 2015-16 season. New York Post

May 2, 2015 Updates

Joe Johnson, the team’s highest-paid player, knows this perhaps better than anyone else. From Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News: “I have no idea. Something’s going to happen. I don’t know what. I don’t see us coming back as the same team. This is my third year here. I could see if we were getting better each year, but it’s kind of been the opposite. So to not even be a .500 ball club in the East. It’s disheartening and I don’t know. I think everyone in that locker room is unsure of the future here. So we’ll see what happens going into the summer.” NBCSports.com

April 7, 2015 Updates
April 4, 2015 Updates

Williams, who will make $21 million next season and holds an early-termination option ($22.3 million) for 2016-17, didn’t want to think about what-ifs. “I don’t care about trade rumors, who they bring in here,” he said. “That doesn’t bother me one bit. I could care less. I motivate myself.” ESPN.com

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