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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

Deron Williams isn’t sweating over his name popping up in trade rumors. “I’m not worried about it, man,” Williams said with a smile Wednesday morning following the Nets’ morning shootaround at the Moody Bible Institute ahead of their game against the Bulls. “I’m a Net until they tell me otherwise. “It is what it is. It’s a business, so stuff like [trade rumors] happens. … I don’t see any problem [dealing with it]. Brook [Lopez] has dealt with it, so I don’t see it being a problem for him, and I don’t think Joe [Johnson is] too worried about it.” New York Post

Since the start of the season, players and new coach Lionel Hollins have said they expect to be better once the season stretches into January and February, when they’ve had some time to gel. Williams said there is still a feeling in the locker room that things will work out. “We have that belief anyways, whether that story comes out or not,” Williams said. “No matter what’s being written or whatever, I’m still here. I’m still a Net. My priority is to play for this organization.” New York Post

It was nearing dusk when Aminzadeh, Perez and their fellow organizer Cherrell Brown gathered outside Barclays Center. Skolnik was in Manhattan with Simmons, who was scheduled to appear on a CNN program later that evening. But in addition to strategizing with James, Jay-Z had passed along Skolnik’s cellphone number to Williams, the Nets’ point guard, who texted Skolnik around 5:30 p.m. His message was concise: He and his teammates wanted the T-shirts. The final hurdle was navigating the T-shirts past arena security. The N.B.A.’s stance was clear: The league did not want its players wearing the T-shirts during warm-ups. So Williams recruited a security guard to take the large box from Aminzadeh, Perez and Brown on the Dean Street entrance of the arena, Skolnik said. New York Times

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

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