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January 25, 2015 Updates

The Charlotte Hornets and Brooklyn Nets have restarted trade discussions, this time focused on guard Joe Johnson, league sources told Yahoo Sports. The Hornets and Nets are discussing a larger package that would likely include guards Lance Stephenson and Gerald Henderson and forward Marvin Williams, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Yahoo! Sports

Charlotte owner Michael Jordan has been intrigued with the possibility of Johnson, who has struggled recently with tendinitis. Johnson, 33, has one of the three major contracts that the Nets would ideally like to unload, what with the $23.1 million on his 2014-'15 deal, and $24.9 million in the final season of his 2015-'16 contract. Yahoo! Sports

“It was very shocking,” Joe Johnson said, “because I’ve honestly never heard of athletes, especially when you are working out and training hard every day, catching blood clots. “It’s random and just to hear that and then hear some of the things that he said over the course of the past week of so about how he can’t breathe. … It’s kind of scary.” New York Post

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

January 9, 2015 Updates
December 24, 2014 Updates

Nets officials are confident they can move Williams and Lopez, retool around Johnson and stay in the playoff hunt in a weak Eastern Conference. Come 2016, Johnson would be off the books, too, leaving the Nets with a bundle of cap room to pursue Kevin Durant, Joakim Noah, DeMar DeRozan, Andre Drummond or Al Horford among others in a stacked free-agent class. Bleacher Report

December 20, 2014 Updates

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

December 15, 2014 Updates

Reports emerged last week from ESPN.com's Marc Stein and Ohm Youngmisuk that the Nets were prepared to unload all three of their star players: Deron Williams, Joe Johnson and Brook Lopez. The more likely scenario, per team sources, is that the Nets will trade one of the three, two at most, and keep retooling around whoever is left. Team officials want to rebuild while staying competitive. The Nets began dumping salaries last week, sending Andrei Kirilenko to Philadelphia in a move to reduce their luxury-tax bill. Bleacher Report

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

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