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December 19, 2014 Updates
December 17, 2014 Updates

Q: How likely is it that Brooklyn trades any of the Lopez/Williams/Johnson trio by the trade deadline? Chad Ford: The market is very, very limited. Lopez is probably the easiest of the three to trade. But so many teams have become experts on the cap and the CBA that they are unwilling to take the mistakes that Billy King has made over and over again. Very few teams are willing to blatantly mortgage their future the way the Nets have been. ESPN.com

December 16, 2014 Updates

The Hornets signed Stephenson to a three-year, $27.4 million contract in July with expectations that he would be a core piece in their efforts to go deep into the playoffs. This season and next season – at a total value of $18 million – are guaranteed but the 2016-17 season is a team option. The Indiana Pacers – his first team – and Brooklyn Nets have both reportedly shown some interest. However, nothing is close, league sources say. Charlotte Observer

However, the Hornets entered Monday’s game with Cleveland at just 6-17,w with Stephenson averaging 10.4 points a game on 38.9% field-goal shooting. The Nets are “monitoring” the situation, according to a league source. Wall Street Journal

December 15, 2014 Updates

Reports emerged last week from ESPN.com's Marc Stein and Ohm Youngmisuk that the Nets were prepared to unload all three of their star players: Deron Williams, Joe Johnson and Brook Lopez. The more likely scenario, per team sources, is that the Nets will trade one of the three, two at most, and keep retooling around whoever is left. Team officials want to rebuild while staying competitive. The Nets began dumping salaries last week, sending Andrei Kirilenko to Philadelphia in a move to reduce their luxury-tax bill. Bleacher Report

December 14, 2014 Updates

The Charlotte Hornets are targeting the Indiana Pacers and Brooklyn Nets as destinations to unload guard Lance Stephenson, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Stephenson becomes eligible to be traded on Monday, and Charlotte has rapidly lost hope that its brief partnership with Stephenson can stand the test of time. Yahoo! Sports

Charlotte has been open to discussing the Nets' big-salary stars as part of a broader Stephenson package, including Lopez and Joe Johnson, sources said. The combination of a third year on Deron Williams' deal – as well as the emergence of Walker as the franchise's point guard – leaves Charlotte uninterested in acquiring Williams, league sources said. Yahoo! Sports

Of course, all of this was accomplished without Brook Lopez, who missed his fourth straight game due to a lower back strain. The Nets plan to give an update on Lopez’s status Monday. Basically, what it all boils down to is this: either Lopez is going to have to change his game or the Nets are going to have to trade him. “I don’t know, hopefully we can,” Deron Williams responded when asked if the team can keep this up when Lopez comes back from injury. “We need to. That’s how we want to play. I think everybody understands that, when the ball’s moving around like that, it’s fun to play like that. You get into a rhythm, you feed off each other’s energy and it’s good to see.” ESPN.com

The 26-year-old is hurt right now, which hurts his trade value. He also has a $16.7 million player option for 2015-16, which he is expected to exercise. So the Nets are probably going to have to figure out how to make this work. And if Lopez coming off the bench isn’t an option, then they have to stop running their offense through him and make him an asset that makes his teammates better. Of course, that’s easier said than done. After all, the Nets don't really have the perfect big to complement Lopez, which would probably be an athletic rebounder/defender. And he's basically been the same player since he was drafted seven seasons ago. ESPN.com

December 13, 2014 Updates

Nets general manager Billy King knows his team isn’t playing up to expectations, but he isn’t ready to pull the plug. “My job is to listen to people and to make calls and to make calls back,” King said before the Nets’ 88-70 victory over the 76ers on Friday night at Barclays Center. “Does that mean we’re having a fire sale? Absolutely not. I’m doing my job, as well as asking the players and the coaches to do their job. But my job is to work the phones, see what’s available. New York Post

“If things make sense you make trades. If they don’t, you don’t do it. But we’re not shopping or having a fire sale.” New York Post

King, however, said he hasn’t been given a mandate by ownership to reduce the salary — the Nets are still slated to pay a league high of more than $115 million in salary and taxes this season. "We looked at it and made a decision this year to go in a different direction," King said. "It wasn’t that the message came down, do this. We talk and discuss things." Bergen Record

December 12, 2014 Updates

Thursday was the first opportunity for Johnson to address the rumors the Nets are exploring their options in possible trades for him, Deron Williams and Brook Lopez. Not surprisingly, the mild-mannered and laid-back Johnson said he could handle the speculation without too much trouble. “This is what comes with the territory,” said Johnson, who has been dealt three times in his career — including to the Nets in July 2012. “It’s part of it. And us as players, we still have jobs to do. And that’s to come out, try to get victories and help this team be successful. We just got to stay focused with that.” New York Post

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