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January 23, 2015 Updates
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Kidd, Brooklyn’s former coach, has a one-sixth of 1 percent stake in the franchise, which Forbes says is worth $1.5 billion. That values Kidd’s stake, previously held by entertainer Jay-Z, at $2.5 million. Jay-Z had to sell it when he became a certified NBA player agent. Bloomberg

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

The Nets said Deron Williams would miss the rest of this Western trip — which continues Thursday in Los Angeles against the Clippers before ending Saturday against the Jazz. Williams — recovering from his broken rib, took some shots up before the Nets held their morning shootaround at Sleep Train Arena. He has begun doing non-contact work on the court but still is experiencing pain. New York Post

The Russian billionaire paid $365 million to purchase stakes in the team and arena in 2010, and it’s reasonable to wonder that if he can find someone who wants to buy the team for $1.5 billion, it might be hard for him to say no, even if high ranking sources in the organization continue to fight the idea he wants to sell his controlling stake while also acknowledging its not entirely out of the question. “Listen, if he gets a crazy offer, it might be hard for him to pass on that,” one high-ranking source told the Daily News. New York Daily News

January 21, 2015 Updates

You’ve seen Mason Plumlee has some impressive hang time. But what you might not have known is that the Nets rookie can get flashy with his jams. As you can see in the highlight video above (watch the last 12 seconds), he once jammed three balls in a single leap. And apparently he was the first to do it. “Then JaVale (McGee) did it in the dunk contest the same year (2011),” Plumlee said. “I told JaVale he stole it from me. I had the first video recording of the 3-ball dunk.” Plumlee, who finished runner-up to Avery Bradley in the 2009 McDonald’s All-American dunk contest, said he’d gladly accept an invitation to compete in the NBA’s version. The Nets haven’t had a dunk contest winner since Dr. J won the ABA’s competition. New York Daily News

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

It would make us revisit the James Harden trade, since the Thunder would be rocketing themselves into the tax for a vastly inferior player — and flipping Perkins, the guy they wouldn’t amnesty, to make the deal work. Lopez has a $16.7 million player option for next season, and most league executives expect him to exercise it, barring a major surge over the second half of the season. Grantland

January 18, 2015 Updates

The original deal would have sent Stephenson to Brooklyn, Nets center Brook Lopez to the Oklahoma City Thunder and various Nets and Thunder players – possibly point guard Jarrett Jack and shooting guard Jeremy Lamb – to the Hornets. A knowledgeable source told the Observer Friday morning that the deal was dormant, if not dead. The Nets pulled away from negotiations and are now exploring other options to move Lopez’s contract. Charlotte Observer

January 17, 2015 Updates

THE TOP 50 PLAYERS IN NETS HISTORY

Deron Williams and Joe Johnson move up a few spots in a list topped by their former head coach.

   

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