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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

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

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“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

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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

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

December 11, 2014 Updates

“Yeah. I know it’s tough on him not being able to play this year, and the situation he’s in,” said Deron Williams, Kirilenko’s friend and longtime teammate with the Jazz before spending the last year-plus together with the Nets. “But I wish him nothing but the best.” Though Davies has a fully non-guaranteed contract, league sources confirmed the Nets will hang onto him in order to give him a look. The 6-foot-9 forward had played in every game for Philadelphia before being held out of Wednesday’s 95-79 loss in Atlanta, and has averaged 6.3 points and 3.7 rebounds per game. New York Post

December 10, 2014 Updates

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