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December 20, 2014 Updates

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

Deron Williams’ healthy start to the season came to an abrupt halt against the Cavaliers on Friday night. Williams left the Nets’ 95-91 loss with a strained right calf, an injury that has him ticketed for an MRI exam to check its severity and find out whether or he’ll be able to take the floor Sunday against the Pistons at Barclays Center. New York Post

“No, not yet,” Williams said after the game when asked if he knew the severity. “I’m going to get an MRI [Saturday], but the doctor said it wasn’t too bad.” Williams left the game after landing following a jump pass to Kevin Garnett with 4:39 remaining in the second quarter, but said the injury started to crop up earlier in the first. New York Post

December 19, 2014 Updates
December 18, 2014 Updates

“I’m down every time we lose, and especially when I’m not making the plays we need to,” Williams would say a few minutes later. “I didn’t make them in the game [Tuesday in a loss to Miami] … I had two turnovers that definitely cost us [in that game], and [Wednesday night] it was the same thing. Missing shots in the second half … I was pretty much nonexistent. New York Post

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

Gamblero, whose real name was Jeffrey Vanchiro, passed away recently, after falling out of a second-story window in his father’s home. On Tuesday, the Nets paid tribute to Gamblero with warm up shirts bearing his name on the backs and the number 44. For The Win

A leak in the roof late in the first quarter at 26-month-old Barclays Center prompted a stoppage of play for about 30 minutes. It was Brooklyn’s first major league rain delay since the Dodgers left town in 1957. With 1 minute 47 seconds remaining in the first quarter and the Heat leading, 24-21, water pooled near the sideline around midcourt, across from the Nets’ bench. New York Times

A bucket was brought out to contain the water, then another and another, as the players took jump shots to remain loose. After about 10 minutes, the teams retreated to their locker rooms. In a statement, the Nets said the leak was a result of the installation of a so-called green roof, composed of small plants and a soil-like cover, that was intended to beautify the exterior of the $1 billion arena. Repair crews were able to plug the leak after about 26 minutes. New York Times

NetsDaily's Dexter Henry went out into the stands Tuesday night and spoke with friends and fans of Jeffrey Gamblero, who Dex had profiled earlier this year. From Dawn and Johnson, his friends in the Brooklyn Brigade, to Susie, who dances now in back of Nets bench to White Noyze who he often teamed with, Jeffrey was remembered with kindness and an appreciation for his positive energy, his joy, his love of the Nets and just how Brooklyn he was. NetsDaily

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