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December 15, 2014 Updates
December 14, 2014 Updates

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

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

Though Nets coach Lionel Hollins said he wasn’t sure whether Johnson would be able to play against Philadelphia Friday in Brooklyn, Johnson left no doubt about what will happen when the Nets take the floor. “I’m definitely going to play,” Johnson said. “I got here [today] a little early, so I can try and get a little workout in before the guys got in because I knew they probably wouldn’t do it as much on the court. I felt pretty good. Still a little low on energy, but for the most part, I’ll be all right.” New York Post

December 11, 2014 Updates

Joe on being on the trading block: “This is what comes with the territory,” he said. “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 gotta stay focused with that.” ESPN.com

Rod Boone: Expectation is that Joe Johnson will be back at practice today for #Nets. Hasn't practiced or played with team since Friday's loss to #Hawks Twitter @rodboone

December 10, 2014 Updates
December 9, 2014 Updates

The Nets have initiated exploratory talks around the league to gauge interest on their biggest stars, Deron Williams, Brook Lopez and Joe Johnson, NBA sources confirmed. “When you are 8-11, you look at all possible options,” one league source said. “[The Nets] have explored all options at this time, which [they] are supposed to do,” another source claimed. New York Post

So, the Nets are 8-11 as they head into Chicago – with Lopez (back) and Johnson (flu) listed as out for Wednesday’s game. So they are looking at options, which is standard operating procedure for any and all teams. Sources maintained there is nothing imminent on the trade front. “After the last stretch,” one opposing executive said, “they have been very active in calling around. I think they are ready to deal but I haven’t heard of anything that’s is close to being done.” New York Post

Marc Stein: Story going online now co-scribed with @NotoriousOHM: ESPN sources say Nets have made D-Will, Brook Lopez & Joe Johnson available via trade. Twitter @ESPNSteinLine

November 30, 2014 Updates
November 17, 2014 Updates

Me: How much longer for you when your deal is up? Joe Johnson: To be honest with you, I'm not even sure. I try to focus on what's in front of me, and that's this year. Who knows how I'll feel after next year? At this point, I just try to focus on what's in front, and I feel great now. I just try to just really enjoy the moment, and see if we can come up with some great results. NBA.com

Me: Last week you made your feelings about how the team was playing known clearly, saying your teammates were playing "very selfish." What did you see that moved you to speak out? Joe Johnson: Just looking back on the teams that we played the first six games, it just wasn't very characteristic of us, man. I knew what it was going to take, or what we needed in order to go out west and be successful. And that first half [against Phoenix], it was a carbon copy [of what to do]. The ball moved. Guys touched the ball. Defensively, we were in the right spot helping. And the second half, whether we got fatigued or not, I don't know. We just didn't copy what we did in the first half. But what I said about us as a team, it was only to help us. NBA.com

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