Could HBAP finally be real!?!?
The Brooklyn Nets and Minnesota Timberwolves are close to a trade that would send Brooks to the Timberwolves, a source tells Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News. One source says that a proposal is on the table waiting for the Timberwolves' approval.
The rest of the trade parameters were not discussed, and the report makes it clear that no deal is imminent. But two fits that make sense (and the Daily News speculated) were Timberwolves players Luke Ridnour and J.J. Barea, backup point guards that would fill the hole expected to be left when C.J. Watson opts out of his contract. However, the Nets would need to include more salary to take on either player -- Barea earns $4.7 million next season, while Ridnour earns $4.3 million.
It's also no secret that the Nets have shown interest in Timberwolves forward Andrei Kirilenko, who is friends with Deron Williams. Kirilenko earns $10 million next season, making Kris Humphries (who earns $12 million) a viable option to help balance salaries.
Alexey Shved, who was a rookie last season, is also a possibility, but the Nets would still need to add pieces to make the salaries match.
The Nets pick 22nd in this year's upcoming NBA Draft. The Timberwolves pick 9th and 26th, and also have two late second-round picks.
New York Daily News -- Source: Timberwolves are interested in MarShon Brooks