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January 16, 2015 Updates

The Nets made it known to other teams in early December that Lopez, point guard Deron Williams and swingman Joe Johnson were available via trade, and they recently had talks with the Sacramento Kings about Williams, according to sources. ESPN.com

The Nets have been in discussions about trading either Lopez or Deron Williams this season, including talks with the Kings that would have centered around Williams going to Sacramento in exchange for Darren Collison, Jason Thompson and Derrick Williams. Those talks were held up, however, by the Kings being interested in Mason Plumlee and the Nets in rookie Nik Stauskas, both non-starters for the other team. New York Post

January 15, 2015 Updates
January 14, 2015 Updates

He also acknowledged there was no chance of his playing Monday against the Rockets despite having been listed as probable just hours before tipoff, and admitted he’s confused about the Nets’ contention his sore left side had nothing to do with what eventually was diagnosed as a fracture of the cartilage portion of his left 12th rib. “I’m still pretty sore. I don’t have a timetable, just taking it one day at a time,” Williams said. “There’s nothing you can do, really. They’re doing some laser and heating it up; just rest. Other than that, there’s nothing really you can do. “As of right now, no [tests are planned]. What is it? It’s fractured rib cartilage, which I didn’t know you can do. … I’m not a doctor. I have no clue.” New York Post

January 9, 2015 Updates

A team source says the Rockets have yet to talk with the Nets about Williams, and constructing a potential deal is close to impossible. Even if the Rockets were interested, they simply don’t have the right assets to take on Williams’s contract under the collective bargaining agreement; two of their above-minimum players (Corey Brewer and Alexey Shved) can’t be traded in combination with another player. Secondly, the contract that would fit best to help make salaries match is Trevor Ariza’s, who is making $8.6 million in the first of a four-year deal, and the Nets have balked at adding salary beyond this or next season. The Brooklyn Game

Ric Bucher of Bleacher Report: Daryl Morey, no doubt, is burning up the phones, and the expectation is that he’s going to go hot and heavy after a point guard. They love Patrick Beverley, but ideally, he is the third guard in that rotation. And to give an indication of just how aggressive they might be, sources around the league are saying don’t count Deron Williams out from the Brooklyn Nets, even though he has that fat contract and right now has a rib injury Far more likely is that they go back to a guy that they already know – Goran Dragic, who is in a crowded backcourt with the Phoenix Suns and could be got with that New Orleans No. 1 pick that the Rockets have right now. NBCSports.com

January 8, 2015 Updates
January 7, 2015 Updates

He then went on to say that, as far as trades are concerned, Lopez is the "most likeliest" to be moved, as a "secondary" piece for a team to build around. Mannix then mentions Williams' age and contract, in relation to the fact that there isn't a big trade market out there for him. In the end, though, Mannix says that he doesn't necessarily see a deal happening, at least not for one of the "big money" players on the Nets. NetsDaily

Mannix said that the Nets were looking to "make some kind of move," then mentioning, however, that the team does want to stay in playoff contention this season. He also goes on to applaud coach Lionel Hollins for benching both Deron Williams and Brook Lopez, in favor of Jarrett Jack and Mason Plumlee, respectively. NetsDaily

January 5, 2015 Updates
January 2, 2015 Updates

The lineup with Brook Lopez and Deron Williams coming off the bench is the Nets’ starting alignment and Lionel Hollins is sticking to it. “That’s the way we’ve been going and we’re gonna continue to go that way,” Hollins said of his first five expected against the Magic Friday in Orlando. New York Post

January 1, 2015 Updates

“It’s not a demotion. It really isn’t,” Hollins said during a portion of his answer. “They’re still part of the team. Neither one of them got cut. They both go to the game every day and get paid every two weeks -- and they get paid handsomely. I just think it’s basketball and today’s society gets into, ‘Well, he’s a max player so he’s supposed to get all the minutes and get all the shots. Nobody else can shoot the ball. He shouldn’t even play defense. He shouldn’t even do anything but what he’s good at.’ I think basketball has always been a five-man group balanced, playing together, everybody contributing on offense. ESPN.com

December 30, 2014 Updates

Brooklyn Nets coach Lionel Hollins says he has no intention of changing his starting lineup -- even if it means max players Deron Williams and Brook Lopez continue coming off the bench. "This is the Brooklyn Nets," Hollins said defiantly after his team's 107-99 win over the Sacramento Kings Monday night at Barclays Center. "Yes, they were starters, but they've been in and out of the lineup. And if you note, while they were out we started playing better and winning, so why would I go back and change the lineup for now?" ESPN.com

"We're winning, man, so that's all that matters," Williams said. "We have team guys, we're not selfish, we're not bigger than the team. That first group is definitely rocking right now, so let them rock." "It's not that different," Lopez said of playing a reserve role. "I just try to come in and be the same player that I always am." Williams ($19.8 million) and Lopez ($15.7 million) rank in the top 20 among the NBA's highest-paid players. ESPN.com

December 28, 2014 Updates

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