C.J. Miles, Gordon Hayward

C.J. Miles (AP)

Reports surfaced today that the Brooklyn Nets may be interested in acquiring the talents of C.J. Miles from the Cleveland Cavaliers. As Stefan Bondy tweeted earlier today, the assumed deal would be Brooklyn's 22nd pick in tomorrow's draft for Miles.

This rumor comes on the heels of a potential trade breaking that would send Nets' guard MarShon Brooks to Minnesota for the 26th pick. So, if both trades were to happen, the Nets would practically be swapping Brooks for Miles and moving down in the draft a few spots.

Bondy later tweeted:

Throughout his career, Miles has often filled the sixth man role and could slot in right behind Joe Johnson at shooting guard as the scoring punch off of the bench. Miles would make $2,225,000 if Cleveland picks up their team option.

This could possibly be coming from the mind of point guard Deron Williams, a former teammate and close friend of Miles. So, if it keeps the franchise player happy, it means it's a good deal, right?

Possibly.

It seems a foregone conclusion at this point that MarShon Brooks will not be in a Brooklyn uniform next year, but for Miles? What problems does this exactly solve for the Nets? With C.J. Watson expected to opt out, the Nets have a huge hole behind Deron Williams. And adding Miles to the mix, a player who would surely grab some minutes at small forward every night, creates an even bigger logjam for players like Mirza Teletovic and Toko Shengelia.

Earlier this week, new head coach Jason Kidd mentioned that nobody knew what the rookies (Tyshawn Taylor included) could do because they never quite got the chance. Trading for Miles probably doesn't make solving that problem any easier. However, if Bojan Bogdanovic doesn't come over this year, Miles could be the streaky shooter off the bench that Brooklyn needs.

For now though, it doesn't seem as if trading for C.J. Miles solves the Nets' biggest problems, and going into draft day, those should be the highest priority.

 

Via Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports:

The Nets are trying to make a deal for (Josh) Smith, too, and have offered Kris Humphries, MarShon Brooks, and either a future first-round pick or the draft rights to Croatian Bojan Bogdanovic, sources said.

Ken Berger of CBS Sports later followed up the report, noting that the Nets would almost assuredly have to acquire Smith before this year's trade deadline, as they'd have to move significant salary to fit under the luxury tax apron required to complete a sign-and-trade under the new collective bargaining agreement. Berger added that the "deadlock" between what the Hawks want (youth, draft picks) and what teams are offering (long-term salary) may push the odds slightly in Brooklyn's favor.

As I noted earlier, it'll be increasingly difficult for the Nets to pull off a deal for Smith, especially considering their lack of assets.

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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

Nets may re-open Dwightmare?

Posted on: January 22nd, 2013 by Devin Kharpertian Comments

 

Here we go again?

Jarrod Rudolph of RealGM, citing sources, reports that the Nets may quietly look to re-insert themselves into the conversation to acquire current Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard.

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Some things never change!

Milwaukee Bucks beat writer Gary Woelfel, conversing with Steve "Sparky" Fifer of the Robert Haack Diamond Post-Game Show, reported that the Brooklyn Nets are a team potentially interested in Bucks power forward Ersan Ilyasova: (h/t NetsDaily):

GW: Ersan Ilyasova, you know, during the summer was courted by a handful of teams, by the Bucks but most seriously by the Bucks, Nets and Raptors and I have it on very good authority that the Nets are still trying to pursue Ersan and trying to figure out a way in which to obtain him. I think that's something to keep an eye on as we got forward here. ... I'll tell you what. MarShon Brooks would love coming to Milwaukee.

RHD: Well, he'd get to play.

GW: Absolutely, but he wouldn't mind playing in Milwaukee anyway. He's buried out there plus Avery Johnson probably doesn't even know he's on the roster. He'd be a terrific young combo guard.

RHD: That's not going to be enough though because you've got make salaries work. So it would have to be him and something else.

GW: Yeah, it's going to hard. I'm not sure how they can make it...

RHD: You know, as crazy as this sounds, I don't think I'd mind Tyshawn Taylor either.

GW: You know what, I wouldn't either. I don't think he's a bad player at all. I really don't.

Listen in: Gary Woelfel interview -- Robert Haack Diamond Show with Steve "Sparky" Fifer

Woelfel later went on to say that the Bucks would not be interested in Andray Blatche.

The 25-year-old Ilyasova signed a five-year deal worth $40 million with Milwaukee this summer after a career season, averaging 13 points and 8.8 rebounds per game while shooting 45.5% from three-point range. He also scored 29 points and grabbed 25 rebounds in a game against the New Jersey Nets last season.

He's regressed closer to his career norms this year, averaging just 8.9 points and 5.5 rebounds while shooting under 40% from the field overall. The Nets would certainly be interested in upgrading their power forward spot, with Kris Humphries struggling and Reggie Evans limited, but it's hard to imagine Ilyasova as an upgrade.

 

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