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January 26, 2015 Updates

In fact, a pair of recent reports have cast doubt on whether Hollins and Johnson will still be with the team when the snow subsides. The Nets’ brass is prepared to “evaluate” Hollins, according to a report from ESPN. Johnson, meanwhile, was being discussed in trade talks with the Charlotte Hornets, who were offering a package including Brooklyn native Lance Stephenson, swingman Gerald Henderson and forward Marvin Williams, according to a report from Yahoo Sports. But according to a source with knowledge of the Nets’ thinking, the report about Hollins was untrue and the trade talks with the Hornets had ended. Still, the two teams could reignite negotiations closer to the Feb. 19 trade deadline. In fact, the Hornets have discussed sending Stephenson to Brooklyn no fewer than three times since signing him to a three-year, $27 million deal last summer, according to the source. Wall Street Journal

Alex Kennedy: Rival executive told me that restrictions put on tax teams and ugly contracts of Williams/Johnson are making it difficult for Nets to trade. The Nets could obviously dump those guys. But getting significant pieces back who would turn around their season is proving to be difficult. Twitter @AlexKennedyNBA

January 25, 2015 Updates

The Charlotte Hornets and Brooklyn Nets have restarted trade discussions, this time focused on guard Joe Johnson, league sources told Yahoo Sports. The Hornets and Nets are discussing a larger package that would likely include guards Lance Stephenson and Gerald Henderson and forward Marvin Williams, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Yahoo! Sports

Charlotte owner Michael Jordan has been intrigued with the possibility of Johnson, who has struggled recently with tendinitis. Johnson, 33, has one of the three major contracts that the Nets would ideally like to unload, what with the $23.1 million on his 2014-'15 deal, and $24.9 million in the final season of his 2015-'16 contract. Yahoo! Sports

Brooklyn has been unable to muster a market for guard Deron Williams, who has missed nine straight games with a rib injury. The Nets are still intent on moving Brook Lopez, with the Denver Nuggets remaining an interested trade partner, league sources said. Yahoo! Sports

The Nets remain a team in transition but it doesn’t appear they’ll make any major moves before the trade deadline. They were in serious discussions with the Hornets involving Lance Stephenson for Brook Lopez but talks broke off. Lopez has one year left on his contract, a player option for $15 million, and the Nets would be best served to trade him before the contract expires. He doesn’t appear to fit into Lionel Hollins’s system. Hollins likes physical, defensive-minded centers. Boston Globe

January 23, 2015 Updates

Asked about a Yahoo! report that the Heat offered McRoberts in a package for center Brook Lopez, Riley said the Heat hadn’t offered anyone to anybody. Miami Herald

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

Sam Amick: For those who may have wondered, Kings-Nets talks re: Deron Williams still dead. He's out on West Coast trip (rib) w/ Monday return likely Twitter @sam_amick

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

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

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