Adrian Wojnarowski reports on Twitter that the Brooklyn Nets & Boston Celtics are discussing a blockbuster trade that would send Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce to the Brooklyn Nets:

Assuming Pierce's option is picked up -- a necessity to make this deal possible -- Pierce & Garnett will make about $27 million combined next season, meaning that the Nets have a few options to trade, starting with Kris Humphries The Expiring® ($12 million) and probably Gerald Wallace (a little over $10 million, and about $31 million over the next three years).

The deal couldn't happen until July 10th because of Pierce's player option.

I'm not sure entirely how this would work from Boston's perspective -- if they're looking to shed salary, Pierce is an expiring contract already, and Garnett has only $6 million guaranteed after this season. They would actually add salary no matter how you slice it, since any contract the Nets would offer beyond Humphries would expire later than next season. Of course, if the Celtics are looking to completely blow it up, three first-round picks will help grease the wheels. (Unless the Celtics realize that the picks won't be very good.)

This report looks to be from Brooklyn's side, with no response from Boston yet. No deal is imminent.

Yahoo! Sports: Nets pursuing trade for Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce

 

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

 

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports:

Josh Smith has expressed a desire to play with Milwaukee guards Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis, though the Bucks would likely need to part with Ellis to make a deal palatable for Atlanta. Phoenix has also been linked to a potential deal that would send C Marcin Gortat to Oklahoma City for C Kendrick Perkins. According to an earlier report from ESPN's Brian Windhorst, the Hawks are not interested in acquiring Kris Humphries, who is in the first year of a two-year deal worth $12 million per season.

There are 23 hours until the trade deadline.

Your Josh Smith Trade Ideas

Posted on: February 13th, 2013 by Devin Kharpertian Comments

 

Or; Giving You An Idea Of How Ridiculous The Josh Smith Nets Trade Ideas Are

Josh Smith, reading some of these ideas. (AP)


I'm notoriously bad with ESPN's Trade Machine. Or maybe I'm really good. I honestly don't know because I have a tendency to think that every potential rumored trade is ridiculous, lopsided, or just never going to happen. I second-guess everything constantly because I never believe it's actually going down. That's why when I heard the rumor that the Brooklyn Nets were making a hard push" for Josh Smith, I poo-poo'd it; how in the hell are they going to make that happen? They don't have nearly the assets necessary, I argued. It's just not possible.

But, this is the NBA. Weird trades and stupid signings happen all the time for reasons that remain unclear. I thought that Joe Johnson's contract was untradable. I thought Rashard Lewis was untradable. I thought the Knicks would match up to a billion dollars for Jeremy Lin. I thought the Nets would never end up getting Dwight Howard... Okay, so I was right once. Point being, I always err on the side of trade caution, and so rarely come up with deals I'm comfortable with.

So in lieu of sitting at the Trade Machine for four hours trying to concoct a perfectly balanced three-team trade where everyone can go home ecstatic (I've done this before far more times than I care to admit), I decided to call on you, the amateur Mozarts, to put together your best Josh Smith trade proposals that end with Smith on the Brooklyn Nets. And you guys delivered: about fifty trade proposals in my twitter mentions in 15 minutes. I've highlighted a few that I think deserve comment in the following sections.

Now, I'd like to preface this by saying I personally think all of these are mildly ridiculous -- especially the Wall of Shame, which I saved for last. But given my track record, that's probably a good sign that Atlanta Hawks GM Danny Ferry considers at least one of them mildly plausible. This is where amazing happens, right?

Start Here: The Obvious

 

AP

The Brooklyn Nets are making a concerted effort to acquire Josh Smith from the Atlanta Hawks, according to ESPN.com's Chris Broussard, calling Smith a "top priority."

Smith, one of the more athletic players in the league, would fill an immediate need for Brooklyn -- its serious dearth of athleticism and lack of a starting-quality power forward. Nonetheless, Smith is in the midst of a down season, averaging 16.9 points and 8.5 rebounds per game on 45.1% shooting from the field. He is producing 94 points per 100 possessions, easily a career-worst, has his highest turnover rate in five years, and shooting more three-pointers than at any point in his career despite a pedestrian 32.4% rate from outside.

Still, there's no question that Smith has the potential to be one of the league's best power forwards, which is what makes him such an attractive option. He will be an unrestricted free agent after this season, though any team that signs him will have the ability to give him one extra year and roughly $25 million more than any other suitor.

It's unclear what assets the Nets could possibly give up for Smith -- Kris Humphries makes roughly the same amount, but has a contract one year longer and is hardly an asset strong enough that you'd imagine the Hawks would pull the trigger, even with draft picks and prospects attached. Broussard did not mention any potential assets the Nets could use to acquire Smith.

Atlanta Hawks GM Danny Ferry and Nets GM Billy King, both Duke graduates, are friends, and orchestrated the trade over the summer that brought Joe Johnson to the Atlanta Hawks for Anthony Morrow, Jordan Williams, Jordan Farmar, DeShawn Stevenson, and draft picks.

UPDATE: From Broussard's story on ESPN.com:

The Nets are willing to give up Humphries and second-year shooting guard MarShon Brooks for Smith. But it almost certainly will take more than a Humphries-Brooks combination to pry Smith away from Atlanta, and one source said the Hawks want Brooklyn's first-round pick.

Some scenarios that have been discussed include the Hawks' Anthony Morrow, who played the past two seasons with the Nets, returning to the club.

ESPN.com's Marc Stein reported Saturday that the Hawks want a young center in return for Smith.

The Nets may have to get a third team involved to pull off a trade for Smith.

Regardless of what the ESPN story says, the Nets could not take Morrow back in any deal, due to a clause in the CBA that states a player cannot be traded back to a team within one year of that team trading him away.

Read More: ESPN -- Sources: Nets covet Josh Smith

P.J. mum on trade talk

Posted on: February 8th, 2013 by Devin Kharpertian Comments

 

P.J. Carlesimo

Carlesimo coaching vs. Wizards (AP)

Following Friday night's 89-74 walloping at the hands of the Washington Wizards, Brooklyn Nets interim coach P.J. Carlesimo took the quiet road when discussing the potential of a roster change in Brooklyn.

"I don't know," Carlesimo said to reporters after the game, when asked about potential moves. "Billy and I will talk about that. I wouldn't - especially after a game like this, I should just keep my mouth shut. So we'll see what happens."

The Nets are reportedly considering a deal offered by the Charlotte Bobcats that would exchange Nets forward Kris Humphries for Bobcats guard Ben Gordon.

 

According to Chris Broussard of ESPN.com:

The Nets and Bobcats have had discussions about a trade that would send Charlotte's Ben Gordon to Brooklyn for Kris Humphries, according to league sources.

The talks are ongoing, but sources said no trade is imminent.

A Gordon-for-Humphries trade works financially as both players make $12 million a year.

The Nets' interest in Gordon stems from their need for better ways to space the floor. Ranked 21st in the league in 3-point shooting, Brooklyn regularly has seen opponents clog the lane.

The 29-year-old Gordon, a sixth man in Charlotte, averages 21.4 points and 3.6 assists per 36 minutes, shooting 41.7% from three-point range. Humphries has been in and out (mostly out) of the Nets' rotation all season.

Adding Gordon to the Nets' lineup could make for a few interesting lineup combinations, including a starting lineup with Joe Johnson at the small forward position, shifting Gerald Wallace to power forward.

According to Howard Beck of the New York Times, the Bobcats proposed the trade, and it's up to the Nets to decide whether or not to accept it.

Read More: ESPN -- Nets, Bobcats discuss Ben Gordon

 

Sam Amico of Fox Sports Ohio, in a trade rumors roundup, cited multiple sources stating that the Brooklyn Nets have an interest in trading backup center Andray Blatche, seeking a draft pick in return. According to Amico, Portland is looking to shore up its league-worst bench and could be interested in the deal.

Blatche has undergone a sharp turnaround since his years in Washington, shooting a career-high 49.6% from the field and posting a 22.7 player efficiency rating, tied for 12th-best in the NBA. He had struggled in recent weeks until helping carry the Nets past the shorthanded Chicago Bulls Friday night, and was allegedly involved in a sexual assault case in Philadelphia at the beginning of the month.

A league source at NetsDaily dismissed the rumor.

Read More:

Fox Sports Ohio -- NBA Report: Ferry all the potential trade rage

NetsDaily -- Andray Blatche on the trading block?